Medical Professionals in the Fight, Feat. Paula Fortin

 

Victims of trafficking carry with them a combination of severe psychological and physical health problems. Which is why it is almost certain that a victim will interact with a medical professional during their experience at some point.

We invited special guests, Nurse Practitioner Paula Fortin, and Fierce Freedom Survivor Advocate Amanda Casey to share their expertise on the subject and recommendations for those in the medical community to recognize and help victims.

Amanda also shares how her experience as a trafficked woman led to interactions with medical professionals and what she wishes could’ve been done for her.

Both guests discuss the importance of encouraging healthy physical boundaries in a clinical setting and the home, and how to screen for trafficking in teens.

Click here to download Fierce Freedom’s handout for the medical community with important reminders, warning signs, resources, and possible screening questions.

Ending the Game Feat. Rachel Thomas

 

Today’s episode features guest Rachel Thomas, an author, speaker, educator, survivor of trafficking and member of the National Advisory Council of Human Trafficking.

Rachel shares some highlights from the The President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) as well as her how her unique story of trafficking and exploitation ultimately led her to creation of Ending the Game, a curriculum that works to reduce recidivism in trafficked victims by breaking bonds of attachment to traffickers and “The Game” lifestyle.

She also is debuting her new “Cool Aunt” video series geared towards educating youth and teens about “the life” and how they can keep themselves safe.

 

Shut Down Pornhub! Feat. Helen Taylor

 

Today’s episode shines light on the global entity of Pornhub – the largest purveyor of user-generated porn in the world. Helen Taylor, Director of Outreach and Intervention for Exodus Cry, unpacks the problems with the site, which has been under fire for hosting content that promotes and profits from the real rape and abuse of women and children. She explains how this has become a trafficking hub, feeding demand of progressively violent sexual acts all under the guise of being a philanthropic org who cares.

Helen then shares about the call to action her organization Exodus Cry has taken after hearing so many real accounts of exploitation, named “traffickinghub.”

She and her associates are calling for Pornhub to be held responsible for hosting such horrific, damaging content in which one 15-year-old victim said “gave her a life sentence.”

To join the 2 million strong who have signed this petition and support Exodus Cry, visit their website: https://traffickinghub.com/

The Pathway Forward, Feat. Lisa Heth

In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, we’re honored to have Lisa Heth who is the Executive director for Wiconi Wawokiya, Inc.  (Helping Families) a domestic violence shelter on the Crow Creek reservation and Founder of Pathfinder Center, a place of refuge for victims of human trafficking.

Lisa shares about how the roots of colonialism has led to collective historical trauma and injustice that the indigenous population still experience today. Lisa also shares about the rehabilitation at Pathfinder Center, whose unique programming honors culturally sensitive indigenous lifeways that reintroduce food sovereignty, and sand-tray storytelling.

To find out how you can support Lisa’s work with Pathfinder Center visit: https://www.pathfindercenter.org/

 

A Story of Success

We are joined by Executive Director Jenny Almquist, and Survivor Advocate Amanda Casey who will share a recent story of a successful victim placement – the origins of which took place over 2 years ago at a Fierce Freedom training of local law enforcement.

Together we’ll unpack why this is a success story rather than a “rescue,” what challenges were overcome and how you can partner with us so we can continue to walk alongside both victims and survivors on their journey towards healing.

Please visit this link for more information on how to partner with us at Fierce Freedom.

Sex Buyer Turned Anti-Trafficking Leader (Part II) feat. John Pulley Fierce Freedom Podcast Episode 12

The exciting conclusion to Part I of John Pulley’s journey from a sex buyer to a leader in the anti-trafficking movement. John will share what happened after he entered a teen chat room as an adult, the differences between brotherhood and accountability and when he realized that his actions had contributed to modern-day slavery.

John will also share what it was like to share his story onstage to hundreds of (mostly female) anti-trafficking advocates and survivors for the first time and how it led him to Fierce Freedom. Finally, John casts a vision of hope for others may see themselves in a piece of his story – laying out the vital first step to healing.

If you’d like to connect with John you can email him at pulley@fiercefreedom.org.
 
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Sex Buyer Turned Anti-Trafficking Leader (Part I) feat. John Pulley – Fierce Freedom Podcast Episode 11

 

Here’s part one of this two-part episode featuring our very own John Pulley – gifted speaker and Donor Relations for Fierce Freedom. First, we’ll have a little fun getting to know John (who knew he had a hidden talent!) and then dive into his unique journey through an addiction to porn, which ultimately led to becoming a buyer of sex, losing his marriage and hitting rock bottom.