Christmas Brunch – A Survivor’s Dream Come True

Over a decade ago, I met the most kind and caring person that I had ever met. As she told me her story of being trafficked by her parents as she was a young child, it was almost impossible to imagine her life of trauma. The abuse she had endured as a child not only by her parents but by others who should have kept her safe as well. No human should ever have to go through this and certainly not a child.

Christmas was approaching and I wondered what I could give my new friend for Christmas. As I probed and listened, I heard her say that she had never been to a Christmas Brunch, or any Christmas meal for that matter. She had always dreamed of having a special time like that with friends.

My mind started spinning with ideas. Before I knew it, I had enlisted a dear friend of mine and we put a Christmas Brunch together. I drove through the snow and wind that day to pick up our guest. When we arrived, she took off her winter coat and put on her best dress. I still get teary when I think of sitting at the table with my new friend and my longtime friend. We laughed and cried together around good food and conversation.

I have had so many blessings and wonderful interactions working in the field of anti-trafficking – this is among the best.

Jenny Almquist

Jenny Almquist

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Jenny first learned about the horrors of human trafficking in 2008, which lead to the birth of Fierce Freedom. As Executive Director, Jenny works to build the organization so that awareness and education about the issue can continue to spread. Her main goal is to educate and move people to action, to work toward the abolishment of human trafficking and exploitation. Jenny enjoys writing, reading, and public speaking. In her time away from the office, you will find Jenny gardening, traveling and spending time with her husband and children.

"I believe that all jails desperately need your training as the victims of human trafficking frequently pass through the system. If staff is not trained on the warning signs of human trafficking and what the victims my look like, these are missed opportunities to provide help."

Captain Curt Dutton, Chippewa County Sheriff's Office

“Your agency is my greatest resource to share with anyone I talk to.”

Amy O’Donahue, Deputy, Specialized Enforcement, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Officer Ashland and Bayfield County Sheriff’s Offices

"Human trafficking is a worldwide crisis. Everyone can do something. Stand against this egregious violation and maltreatment of our fellow brothers and sisters on this planet. Join Fierce Freedom and fight human trafficking at home and around the world!"


"Fierce Freedom is at the forefront of anti human trafficking! They are constantly working with the community to train, rescue, and bring awareness! If you're going to support an organization in your area, this is the one to partner with!"