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Dethroning the King of R&B

Multi-platinum R&B artist R. Kelly has been found guilty of sexual abuse, 8 violations of an anti-sex trafficking law, as well as racketeering, or leading an enterprise to recruit underage girls for sex since his rise to fame as early as the…

Betrayal Trauma Recovery, Feat. Anne Blythe

How can someone begin to recover from the devastating moment when they learn about a partner’s porn use or sexual infidelity? To share more we invited Anne Blythe, Founder of – which seeks to validate a woman’s experience of betrayal trauma by…

I Was Abused As a Child Bride Feat. Samra Zafar

, an estimated 12 million girls are married every year before the age of 18 – this is nearly one girl every three seconds. To speak more of her personal experience, we invited guest Samra Zafar, international and award-winning speaker, bestselling…

OneFest! Feat. Heather Flashinski

is an annual two-day Christian music festival held in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and features many of today’s well-known artists on two different stages.  We asked President and Director of OneFest Heather Flashinski to share how…

Trafficking in Strip Clubs: An Owners Perspective

Trafficking in strip clubs is an all too common tale, and occurs when traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to force them to engage in commercial sex acts. To share an insider’s perspective we invited two owners of a gentlemen’s club to share how…

What Does a Peer Specialist Do?

What is the difference between seeing a peer specialist and a therapist? To chat more about this we invited Rene Sommer, Licensed Peer Specialist and Founder of At the Roots LLC. Rene shares about how her personal experience with counseling led her to…

Two Perspectives of Sex Work, Feat. Jess Teresi

Is sex work work? Should it be legalized? And would its legalization lead to more STD prevention? Regardless of where you stand on this issue, it is important to hear from multiple perspectives, which is why we invited , survivor of childhood sexual…

The 2021 Justice Run! Feat. Matt Kendziera

We want to introduce podcast listeners to Matt Kendziera, Creative Consultant for Fierce Freedom and our brand-new Justice Race Director this year! Matt shares about his involvement with Fierce Freedom and shares about what to expect at this year’s…

Why You Should Support the Storyteller Cafe

Stop. Collaborate and listen.  Today we invited Executive Directors Jenny Almquist and Stephanie Page of Fierce Freedom & Stories Foundation respectively, to the podcast to share about their journey as long-time friends, and collaborators….

Human Not Homeless, Feat. Maria Guzman

During the course of a school year more than 300 children and their families in the Eau Claire school district are homeless. Circumstances have only grown more dire in the wake of the pandemic and has allowed exploitation to thrive. We invited Maria…

Reform not Punishment, Feat. Rwatie Masika

On today’s episode we invited guest Rwatie Matsika, former diplomat from Zimbabwe and vehement defender of human rights. He now works not only to uphold and defend the rights of victims of human trafficking as the State-wide Labor Trafficking Case…

54: The Mekong Club, Feat. Matt Friedman

Did you know which products you use everyday are tainted by slavery and which aren’t? In today’s age, 60% of forced labor is associated with supply chains. To shed more light on this, we are joined by Matt Friedman, Founder and CEO of The Mekong Club,…

51: A Change is Brewing Feat. Equal Exchange

We always love to highlight organizations that value people over profit, and there’s no better way to do that than inviting Kristen King, an Organizer for , which has been a leading pioneer in fair-trade productions and ethical production for the past…

42: Changing Your Legacy, Feat. John Turnipseed

A first for our podcast, we’ll hear the incredible story of how , a former pimp, drug dealer and gang leader of the most notorious gang in Minnesota was transformed into a community leader, pastor, speaker and agent for change. John unpacks how…

46: Building Your Network, Feat. Kara Doan

Today’s episode highlights the importance of building a network of advocacy as an intrinsic part of restorative justice. To answer this we asked Kara Doan, Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer of – an organization that provides trafficked victims…

45: Finding Your Calling, Feat. Adri Neitzke

Today we chat with Adri Neitzke, Founder of Trafficking Justice and now Law Enforcement Officer in Nevada.  Adri tells us the story of how her experiences with trafficking abroad became the origins for Minnesota nonprofit Trafficking Justice. She…

Coming Full Circle, Feat. Jennifer Lyons

Today we interview Jennifer Lyons, Shelter Coordinator for Bridge to Hope, whose unique background has allowed her to walk through several parts of the trafficking journey.  Listen as Jennifer shares how her own experience as a trafficking…

42: The Trafficking Trap

Traffickers across the nation are cherry picking victims from prisons and jails with incredible ease and often never getting caught. Why? Hosts John Pulley and Cat Jacoby highlight “The Trap” an investigative documentary by The Guardian, which delves…

41: Raising PEARLS Feat. Genise Hope

Today’s episode features Genise Hope, author, foster mom and survivor of childhood sexual abuse. She shares about her book (Prepared, Empowered, Armored, Restored, Loved & Secure Children) and how to best utilize it when talking to your kids…

What We’re Grateful For: A Year in Review

This episode is both a past look at some of our favorite highlights and moments from the past year, and an exciting look towards some future developments, including sneak peaks of our new weekly video series and a new toolkit entitled “The Faces of…