Minnesota is considered a leader in the fight against sex-trafficking, and The Family Partnership is proud to be an anchor partner in those efforts with our PRIDE program (Promoting Recovery, Independence, Dignity, and Equality). PRIDE is one of the first and longest-running programs in the United States for women and teens who have been sexually exploited.
The Family Partnership understands that poverty increases vulnerability and a key focus for The Family Partnership is a two-generation approach to ending generational poverty and promoting prosperity. With PRIDE, The Family Partnership is using that two generational approach that not only provides direct services to the parent for healing and empowering survivors so that they can rebuild their lives, but to the children as well so they won’t become repeated victims.
In 2016, The Family Partnership’s premier program PRIDE had an opportunity to host Combating Trafficking programs for Indonesia facilitated by Global Minnesota through the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Based on the great feedback from last year The Family Partnership was given another opportunity to host 7 different countries; Bangladesh, Egypt, Japan, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.
The Family Partnership held roundtable discussions about current issues affecting women and children in Minnesota. PRIDE provided the visitors with a background of trafficking, education and economic rights for women, and violence against women in Minnesota, along with accomplishments made and challenges that still need to be overcome for their program.