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Anti-Sex Trafficking

We provide holistic support services for sexually exploited individuals and families and advocate for change to address the systemic issues that lead to commercial sexual exploitation.

It’s time to take PRIDE.

For more than 40 years, The Family Partnership PRIDE (Promoting Recovery, Independence, Dignity and Equality) program has provided support services to sexually exploited adults, youth and their families so they can live a life free of exploitation and abuse and move towards self-sufficiency.

List of Programs and Services

Our support for individuals include:

  • Case Management
  • Court and Legal Advocacy
  • Support Groups
  • Youth Prevention Groups
  • LGBTQ+ Specific Services
  • Crisis Line
  • Transitional Housing
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Eligibility and Cost

We serve all people, no matter the age, gender or sexual orientation. We serve those with a history of sexual exploitation and those who are at-risk. There is no cost to program participants.

For more information email Drea Sortillon or contact us at 612-728-2061 (English/Spanish).

I am grateful to the PRIDE program for how they have guided me to move forward with my life. I look at my life experiences now as my stumbling blocks that were in my way are now what I use as my stepping stones.

Brenda Marcos, Program Participant

Our Approach, Outreach and Advocacy

Our program uses a holistic approach to combat sexual exploitation that includes disrupting demand, providing services to those impacted and working to change systemic factors that lead to exploitation and abuse.

  • We provide education and street outreach.
  • We advocate for public and systems policy change.
  • Our program was created and continues to be informed by those with lived experience.
  • We follow a harm-reduction model.
  • We serve across a lifespan, including those over the age of 24 who are not covered by Minnesota’s Safe Harbor Law.
  • We have youth and adult-specific programming and tailor our services to the individual and/or family’s needs.
  • We meet people where they are and without judgment.
  • We believe that addressing systemic racism, economic inequalities and disparities in health and mental health care is essential in making progress in commercial sexual exploitation.

Let’s talk!

Safety Disclaimer: We are a community-based program and mobile service. Contact us to learn more about our Anti-Sex Trafficking services today or to request a presentation or training.

To make a self-referral, or if you work for an agency and wish to refer someone to our PRIDE program, please download and fill out the form below.

Advocacy: Past, Present and Future

At The Family Partnership, we advocate for change at the local, city, county levels and beyond to address the systemic issues that lead to commercial sexual exploitation and work to eliminate the barriers that keep survivors from a life free from exploitation and abuse.

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Research

We partnered with the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research Outreach Center (UROC) to identify and suggest ways to better address the unmet needs of LGBTQ+ and male survivors of exploitation.

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Policy and Systems Change

We advocate for policy changes to systemic issues that lead to sex-trafficking, such as: access to housing, renter’s rights, chemical dependency and criminal justice system reforms. Learn more about our advocacy work.

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Educational Trainings and Presentations

Our PRIDE staff provide trainings to 800 people annually on topics such as: how to recognize signs of sex-trafficking and how to respond.

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Expungement Legal Clinics

We partner with Standpoint and the Volunteer Lawyers Network to host clinics that help survivors remove legal barriers to employment, housing and/or higher education.

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Survivor Leadership Group

Three trafficking survivors lead group meetings and give a voice to the needs of longer-term survivors.

Latest Updates and Resources

Explore the latest news from our team, gather insights and gain access to resources.

Thank you partners!

Our mission is to clear the path for family success through partnerships. The strong support we receive from our partners such as Breaking Free, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC), Tubman and DAY ONE®, Minnesota Statewide Crisis Line enables us to provide support services for sexually exploited individuals and their families.