Movie Night

Bring your popcorn and get ready to help us spread awareness by attending some of our upcoming movie screenings. We are screening two movies over the next few months and we would love for you to join us. Both movies are free and open to the public. Please see upcoming events for exact times and places.

Chosen: By Shared Hope International. This movie is meant for middle school and high school students and those that interact with that age group.

Learn the shocking true story of two teen girls tricked by traffickers. Brianna, 18, was a star student, cheerleader and waitress eager to break out of her small town to attend college in the big city. Lacy, 13, enjoyed church and school but struggled to help care for her siblings while her stepfather was deployed and mother worked to support the family. Brianna and Lacy share how traffickers used manipulation to lure them into the world of sex trafficking.

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery. From the very first scene, Nefarious ushers you into the nightmare of sex slavery that hundreds of thousands experience daily. You’ll see where slaves are sold (often in developed, affluent countries), where they work and are confined. You’ll hear first-hand interviews with real victims and traffickers, along with expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders. From initial recruitment to victim liberation––and everything between–– the previously veiled underworld of sex slavery is uncovered in the groundbreaking, tell-all Nefarious: Merchant of Souls.


Upcoming Events

Sept 29 – Menomonie Public Library – Chosen 6.30

Oct 3 – Eau Claire Public Library – Chosen 7PM

Oct 9 – Parkview Baptist Church, Black River Falls WI – 8:15AM and 10:30AM

Oct 20 – Corporate Partnership and Just us for Justice Run Sponsorship meeting

Oct 23 – Alliance Church of Menomonie – Nefarious Documentary 6PM

Nov 2 – St. Matthew’s Church, Eau Claire – Tough Conversations (how to talk to students about porn and sex trafficking) 6:30PM

Nov 4 – Private Event 3-5PM

Nov 6 – Chippewa Valley Bible Church – Nefarious Documentary 7PM

Nov 12 – Fair Trade craft event at Down To Earth – T-shirts and gifts for sale for Fierce Freedom funding

Nov 13 – Colfax Bethany Lutheran Church Women’s Group 6PM

Dec 1 – Private Event 11AM

Dec 3 – FF Staff and Volunteer Christmas Party

Dec 7 – State Taskforce Meeting

Jennifer McBride, Fierce Freedom President

Owner of VES Environmental Solutions, LLC., Acer Trading Group, LLC. (CEO), VES Asia, LLC. and VES Environmental Solutions Europe Limited (2008-Present)

My interest and involvement in Fierce Freedom comes from my many years of traveling the world and seeing the impact of Human Trafficking. From a business perspective, I strive to help other businesses understand the impact of Human Trafficking not only in our community but around the world. I have a passionate belief that education is the key to understanding the truth about Human Trafficking. When we educate others on the truth of what Human Trafficking is, what it looks like and look for those who are enslaved, only then will it motivate someone to make a difference.

Note from the Director

By Jenny Almquist

As a growing organization it is critical that members of the Board of Directors are dedicated to our mission. I alone could never lead this organization—nor would I want to! I couldn’t be more proud and thankful for this group that brings their expertise and leadership to see “modern-day slavery exposed in our home-towns.”

In my organizational position, I know that it is critical to have a healthy and well-rounded board. It will be my pleasure to introduce each of them over the next few months.

This month, I would like to introduce you to our Board President; Jennifer McBride.

Jennifer took over as President last spring and I am grateful for her leadership and passion to fight human trafficking right here in the upper-Midwest.


Apps that fight human trafficking

By Jodi Emerson

We live in a digital age. We’ve seen how websites have made human trafficking available to the masses. But did you also know that there are many websites and apps out there to help fight trafficking? Fierce Freedom has spent some time looking at a few and would like to offer our thoughts on them.

TraffickCam by Exchange Initiative

This app allows the user to take pictures of a hotel room and record the city and room number of the hotel. This is important because much of the sex trafficking that happens in the U.S. happens in hotel rooms and many of the ads posted contain pictures of people in hotel rooms. The app developers are in the process of assembling a database of hotel rooms so that when law enforcement finds a picture in a hotel room, they can compare it to the database and narrow down the search for the victim.

Pros: Easy to use. Makes the user feel like they are doing something to fight trafficking. There are warning signs listed in the app so it educates people while they are helping fight trafficking.

Cons: Room database is not available yet. Rooms get remodeled so pictures can be outdated.

Sweat and Toil: Child Labor and Forced Labor by US Department of Labor

This app deals with overseas labor trafficking that is so hard to fight. The app allows the user to look up goods by area or country to determine if child labor or forced labor is used in the production of the item. This app is wonderful because the majority of human trafficking that happens worldwide is labor trafficking and this app helps people make smart decisions with their consumer dollars.

Pros: Easy to use. You can look up items by type or by country. Has numerous categories which reinforces what a big problem labor trafficking is throughout the world.

Cons: Organizations of all sorts manufacture projects and we know that there can be good and bad businesses in the same area. This app does not include the United States, so it gives the appearance that labor trafficking does not happen in this country.

The STOP APP-End human trafficking by 5Si

This app allows you to record instances when you suspect human trafficking is happening. We do not -recommend this app be used. If you see something, contact local police and then call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888.

Pros: Gives good information about what to look for and warns the user to report to local law enforcement first and them second.

Cons: Puts the user in dangerous situations of playing cop. Traffickers are dangerous individuals and often will react violently if they are afraid they are being recorded.

BAN Human Trafficking! by Inellex and Lifeboat ACT game by Jill  Cohen                                                        

These gaming apps allow the user to act out scenarios of how traffickers take advantage of people and groom them for a life of trafficking. Both of these apps put you in the shoes of someone in either an everyday situation or a desperate situation so you can understand how easily someone can be tricked into doing something they would have never imagined doing.

Pros: Great way to start a conversation with teenagers about human trafficking. Helps you understand what a victim goes through. Learn lessons while playing a game.

Con: The STOP APP was developed in Europe, so it would be easy for users to assume trafficking doesn’t happen in America. Remember that trafficking can happen anywhere and apply the scenarios to your neighborhood.

Apps are great tools as we work to educate everyone that modern day slavery is happening in our hometowns. But we must use them carefully. Never put yourself in danger. If you see something happening, contact local police. Please do your part to educate yourself and those around you to fight the fastest growing crime on the planet.

9th Annual Just Us for Justice Run

By Jessie Podolak

The 9th Annual Just Us for Justice Run was a huge success this July.  Despite dangerously high temperatures, runners (674 of them), volunteers (175 of them) and supporters headed to Carson Park to support Fierce Freedom and International Justice Mission.  Over $27,000 was raised to fight human trafficking and modern day slavery!

This year, Fierce Freedom began to transition into a new role for the race. Race founder, Jessie Podolak, approached Jenny earlier this year and asked her to consider having Fierce Freedom take over the leadership of the event.  This would allow many of the people who express a desire to “do something” to help fight trafficking to participate in a tangible event that IS making a difference globally, regionally and locally.  Jessie thought it would also take the race to the next level, bringing a fresh perspective and creativity to the table.

Fierce Freedom has accepted this challenge and is excited to transition into the role of “Event Coordinator.”  Some things will change in the upcoming years as Fierce Freedom takes on this role.  While International Justice Mission will still receive donations from the event, a higher percentage of resources will stay local, so we can fight trafficking here in our own back yard.  In addition, some logistical aspects of the run itself will change, as we hire out a chip timing company, and other details that will come together.

However, many things will stay the same.  Race leaders will continue to embrace a community driven event, with sponsors from various businesses and churches (multiple denominations) being represented.  We will continue to strive to put on an event that the entire family can enjoy, and hope to expand our children’s activities.  We will continue to use the event as a platform for educating our community as well as raising funds, and hope to inspire a new generation of freedom warriors!

This is a great step for Fierce Freedom and for the future of the Just Us for Justice Run!  As the 10th anniversary of the run approaches, we look forward to celebrating the work accomplished and pushing on to new goals ahead!