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Striking Photos Convey the Realities of Trafficking at Mingle Event

By: Carrie Swartz, Office Administrator and Race Director Wine and hors d'oeuvres at Tuft’s Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Neillsville made for an elegant setting at Fierce Freedom of Central Wisconsin’s kickoff event on Saturday, June 30, 2018. The “Mingle” was open to...

Fierce Freedom’s Upcoming Events

Watch our website for updates and changes to the schedule of events * Denotes free event, + denotes open to the public Aug. 30, 6:00-8:00 PM- Fierce Freedom Board Meeting, Altoona WI Sept. 10, 6:30-7:30 PM- Empower Youth Program, SPARK Program, Eau Claire WI Sept. 14,...

Justice Race Impact Goes Beyond Raising Funds

By: Carrie Swartz, Office Administrator and Race Director I shared a tearful moment with Fierce Freedom’s Survivor Advocate, Tia-Janae Johnson, on the morning of the 11th annual Just Us for Justice Run/Walk. It was Tia’s first year being a part of the pasta dinner and...

Upcoming Labor Trafficking Panel: Join the Conversation!

If you’d like to learn more about what it means to shop ethically and be an informed consumer, come join the conversation with Fierce Freedom on Tuesday, October 2nd, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm for our first ever Labor Trafficking Panel. The evening will take place at...

Fab Finds at Fierce Freedom Etsy Store

We are thrilled to announce the opening of our online Etsy store! We strive to offer a range of high quality, ethically-sourced products that help raise awareness of our mission to end human trafficking and exploitation. Every purchase will go towards public education...

Meet Fierce Freedom’s Newest Staff Member, Tia-janae Johnson

By: Tia-Janae Johnson, Survivor Advocate In November of 2017, while living in Oregon, I was invited by a woman named Kimberly Brune to go on a 6-month mission trip to Cape Town South Africa to fight against human trafficking. This opportunity stirred up many emotions...

Become a Freedom Fighter with Fierce Freedom Advocates

By: Cat Jacoby, Public Relations and Program Coordinator Have you ever attended one of our presentations and wanted to do more? Is your heart burdened for the issue of human trafficking and exploitation but you’re unsure about how to move forward? I want to share with...

Never Say Never

By: Jenny Almquist, Co-Founder and Executive Director Since we started our organization we have said that we do not, and likely never will, provide direct services to victims who have been sex or labor trafficked- our mission is to educate! We all know that we should...

Meet Noah Hanson, Fierce Freedom’s Spring Intern

Noah Hanson is Fierce Freedom’s spring intern, a senior at UW-Eau Claire majoring in Social Work. Noah has worked hard on variety of projects, and has been a great asset to Fierce Freedom this semester. Some of the highlights include Cookies for Cops, planning the...

Welcome to Cat Jacoby, Fierce Freedom’s Newest Staff Member

Cat is thrilled to join such an amazing organization and work alongside an incredible team of social justice warriors. Her passion for this cause was sparked into flame during college while being part of International Justice Mission and after attending a Fierce...

For Me, It’s Personal

By: Jenny Almquist, Co-Founder and Executive Director Several months ago I was at a wedding where the groom stood at the front of the church just before the ceremony and personally welcomed the guests. One thing he said was “Please know that everything we do today in...

Reducing Your Slavery Footprint

By: Jodi Emerson, Public Policy and Community Relations As Fierce Freedom continues to grow, we are always developing new programming. While we have primarily focused on awareness about sex trafficking in the past, we feel compelled to include some programming around...

Fierce Freedom Neillsville Launch

By: Jessica Reints, Fierce Freedom Neillsville Volunteer Fierce Freedom of Neillsville is happy to announce its official launch! We are comprised of a small group of amazing people, with a variety of skills and knowledge. Many of us have worked in the mental health,...

Welcome to Dan Carlson, Fierce Freedom’s Newest Board Member

Dan is a Certified Public Accountant with Bauman Associates, an accounting firm in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  For the past 14 years he has worked with many area nonprofit clients on accounting and compliance requirements. After hearing about human trafficking, Dan wanted...

Introducing the Empower Youth Program for Teens

By Carrie Swartz Office Administrator Minors are a target audience in the scope of Fierce Freedom’s human sex trafficking education and prevention outreach, and for good reason. The average age of entry into trafficking is 11-14 years old for both boys and girls...

Fierce Freedom Positioned to Expand its Reach

By Jenny Almquist Fierce Freedom Co-Founder and Executive Director A year ago, I would have never dreamed that as an organization we would be positioned as we are - in a truly strategic way to make change in the state of Wisconsin. As you read through this newsletter...

Year-End Giving Invitation/ The first $7500 will be matched!

Dear Friend, Thanks to your support, Fierce Freedom has been able to bring awareness and promote education of human trafficking in our communities. As we near the end of this year, we are especially thankful for the many generous donations to our organization that...

January- Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Fierce Freedom has several events planned to increase awareness in the Chippewa Valley. All events are FREE and open to the public. Please join us! WEDNESDAY JANUARY 10th, 6-7:30 PM KEEPING KIDS SAFE IN A DIGITAL AGE ST...

Fierce Freedom testimony on AB 186, Safe Harbor

Thank you to Chairman Kitchens and the committee for listening to the testimony of myself and others today about AB 186. My name is Jodi Emerson and I am the Director of Public Policy and Community Relations for Fierce Freedom. Fierce Freedom is a non-profit, based in...

Wisconsin Legislation

AB 186/SB 344: This bill is commonly known as the Safe Harbor bill and we are 100% behind it. This bill would not allow children under the age of 18 to be charged with prostitution. Last session, we were able to get prostitution of a child classified as child abuse,...

Federal Legislation

Our main goal with federal legislation is to help close the loopholes that allow companies like Backpage.com to make millions of dollars from advertising the trafficking of children. If you have not seen the movie “I Am Jane Doe”, we highly recommend you do so as it...

Upcoming Events

8/22 – LaCrosse Task Force Training, LaCrosse WI 9/7 – Internet Safety for Kids, Menomonie WI 9/15 – Sara Groves Benefit Concert, Eau Claire WI *If you would like to volunteer for this event, contact carrie@fiercefreedom.org 9/18 – Dunn County Health Coalition,...

Educating At-Risk Youth in Juvenile Detention

By: Jenny Almquist I’m pretty sure it was one of the most humbling days of my life. Last week I went with one of our interns to speak with a group of youth at the Northwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center (JDC).  I supposed I hadn’t prepared myself; how could I...

Welcome to Bryan Symes, our new Board Member

Bryan is a management-side employment and labor-relations attorney at Weld Riley, S.C. in Eau Claire.   Bryan’s law practice emphasizes, among other things, collective bargaining; the defense of harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims; the defense of wage...

Welcome to Carrie Swartz, our new Office Administrator

Carrie is the Office Administrator at Fierce Freedom. Her eyes were first opened to modern-day slavery in 2007, when she became involved with organizing the Just Us for Justice Run/Walk. Carrie has long been passionate about helping disadvantaged and oppressed people,...

Just Us for Justice: 10 Years and Running

By: Carrie Swartz The Just Us for Justice Run/Walk celebrated a big birthday this year, holding its 10th annual event on Wednesday July 19th at Carson Park in Eau Claire. The founder and director of the race, Jessie Podolak, officially “retired” as director this year,...

Looking back and looking ahead

The phone rang in our office and a woman on the other end of the line said “please talk to my daughter— she has been sex trafficked.” Our new friend agreed to come to the office and she told us her horrific story. She spoke of when she was a young girl sold over and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Freedom and Food

 Have you ever wondered what you can do to help fight trafficking but don’t know where to start? Join us for our Freedom and Food event and help raise money to fight trafficking here in the Chippewa Valley. The Food and Freedom event will be at the Altoona Family...

Faith Community’s Response to Human Trafficking

On April 7th, Fierce Freedom will be sponsoring an event aimed at helping area faith communities identify and fight human trafficking. The event will feature talks from Pastor Steve Rutter, Pastor James Whatley, Jodi Emerson of Fierce Freedom, Lt Ryan Dahlgren of the...

Looking Forward to 2016

Several years ago I was giving a presentation when I stated that I believe that modern-day slavery can be abolished in our generation. One person in the crowd was quite vocal about the impossibility of that goal. However, we at Fierce Freedom believe it to be...

Board of Directors Opportunity

Are you passionate about issues of Human Trafficking and looking for a way to help the cause? Fierce Freedom is looking for board members. The role of the Board of Directors is to set the direction for the organization and to approve policy. The board meets quarterly...

Birthday for a Cause

It’s true! Birthday for a Cause is back! Not just as a one-time event but as an event that can be easily replicated. Some of you might remember that several years ago, Joyce Orth decided that for her 55th birthday she wanted to do something with “purpose.”  Her goal...

How You Can Help

What can you do to help fight human trafficking?      Talk about the reality of sex trafficking with friends and family      Report suspicious activity to 1-888-3737-888      Mentor at risk youth      Follow us on Facebook      Designate Fierce Freedom as your Amazon...