About Us

Founded in 1996 by Vednita Carter, Breaking Free is a social justice/social change non-profit.


Every year, Breaking Free helps hundreds of women escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through direct services. More than an organization facing an issue; we actively and directly serve the people who have been impacted by trafficking and prostitution through advocacy, housing, education and immediate action. This includes ending the demand through Men Breaking Free.


Breaking Free’s own diversity helps to intentionally provide additional support to serve women of color who are disproportionately represented in demographics of the trafficked population.


Terry Forliti, CEO of Breaking Free brings innovative strides and momentum that collaboratively results in real change for those affected by sex-trafficking. 

Terry Forliti, Breaking Free Executive Director

Terry Forliti, Breaking Free Executive Director