Through a three-year financial commitment from Minneapolis Rotary, The Family Partnership will be able to completely fund an additional full-time staff member for its nationally recognized PRIDE (Promoting Recovery, Independence, Dignity, and Equality) program. Started 40 years ago, PRIDE is one of the first and longest-running programs in the United States for sexually exploited women, teens and their families.
“We are so grateful to Minneapolis Rotary for investing in directly helping sex trafficking victims as they begin to heal,” said Molly Greenman, CEO and president of The Family Partnership. “This full-time position in our PRIDE program will help those who have been sexually exploited reclaim their lives by coaching them on ways to reach their educational and employment goals, allowing them to permanently escape sex trafficking.”
Greenman said Minneapolis Rotary’s contribution will potentially double the number of PRIDE clients served by The Family Partnership, including delivering two-generation economic opportunity and empowerment services. According to The Family Partnership, 78 percent of PRIDE program participants over the past five years report discontinuing their involvement with sex trafficking upon exiting the program.
“Minneapolis Rotary, through our foundation, selected The Family Partnership for its experience and proven success in combating sex trafficking in our community,” said Bill Kuhlmann, president of Minneapolis Rotary. “Minneapolis Rotary members seek to engage on universal issues, and human trafficking is a tragic, $35 billion-a-year global industry second only to the global narcotics trade. By partnering with The Family Partnership, we can make a direct local impact that helps the victims of sex trafficking in our community rebuild their lives.”
According to Greenman, young people are particularly vulnerable to sex trafficking because of homelessness, poverty, domestic violence or substance abuse. Sex trafficking perpetrators use recruitment tactics including drugs, financial incentives, and emotional manipulation to attract victims.
About The Rotary Club of Minneapolis: Rotary International is an international service organization that strives to serve those in need with more than 35,000 clubs in over 200 countries around the world. As the ninth Rotary club to be established in the world, The Rotary Club of Minneapolis has more than 140 dedicated members in over 50 different fields of expertise. Rotary has the motto “Service Above Self” and its clubs serve through both local and international projects. For more about The Rotary Club of Minneapolis: www.rotarympls.org