She also currently serves as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for beEmboldened Ministries and is in the process of working towards a Masters Degree through Metro State University in St. Paul, MN. She and her beloved husband live in Eau Claire and enjoy exploring coffee shops, bookstores, and beautiful outdoor spaces. A lifelong learner, she enjoys the diverse range of tasks that each day brings, allowing her the space to grow as she fights for something she deeply cares about.
Community Engagement Specialist
Lydia Lafferty (Almquist) is a our Operations Manager. Lydia has learned the in’s and out’s of the non-profit world from an early age. Long before Fierce Freedom was an official non-profit, Lydia worked with her mom to bring awareness about human trafficking to her community. She was even acknowledged by her high school classmates for a trip that she took to Thailand to work with young boys and girls who had been rescued from the sex trade.
Lydia brings strong organizational skills, creativity, and is a solid team member. She oversees office administration and finances.
When Lydia is not working for Fierce Freedom you can find her playing with her fur baby, Reyna or out Jeeping with her husband, Liam. Lydia also loves to read, study history, and craft.
Founder of Fierce Freedom
In 2008, Jenny Almquist was at a presentation on human sex trafficking and couldn’t believe what she was seeing and hearing. How could slavery be happening in this day and age? She decided she had to do something and with her husband, Dave Almquist, started a retail business, Fierce Beauty, to raise money for organizations that free men, women, and children from human trafficking.
The mission evolved, and in 2012 Jenny launched a non-profit organization, Fierce Freedom, to educate and raise awareness about human trafficking in northwest Wisconsin. In 2013 the organization opened its office in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She served as Executive Director until August 2023.
The Fierce Freedom Board of Directors
"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!"