Friday May 13, 2011

Abolitionist Seminar - This event will feature presentations from leading abolitionist who are experts in the field and have been involved in the movement for years. They will share their knowledge by discussing the current issue of sex trafficking, the reality of the current needs, the unveiling of new research on the “demand” (John’s),  the history of the anti-human trafficking movement and how it has changed in the last 100 years as well as promise for changes in the future. This will be an incredibly fascinating seminar featuring some of today’s most respected men and women in the field.

Crowne Plaza

1:00 - 4:30 pm

Tickets $35

The VIP Launch Party, Award Ceremony, and Survivor’s Art Exhibit - On the rotating 22nd floor of the Crowne Plaza in the Windows on MN Room overlooking the Mississippi River.  Leading abolitionists from around the globe will come together to share resources, celebrate the work being done, honor survivors, and prepare for the weekend’s festivities. The event will include an art exhibit of work created by survivors, live music, an awards ceremony, and highlights from leading abolitionist organizations around the world.

Crowne Plaza, Windows on MN Room

7:00 - 10:00 pm

Tickets $35 includes appetizers (cash bar)

Saturday May 14, 2011

Panel Discussions & Lunch - The day begins with a satellite video Skype call to the MATTOO ‘s Spain team which will host a simultaneous Men’s Awareness Rally/Walk in Mijas, Spain. This will be followed by a moderated panel discussion with survivors/advocates discussing the issue, barriers they faced while trying to escape, and what is needed to help others find a way out. There will be an hour break for lunch (boxed lunch included in the ticket price). The second panel discussion will begin after lunch with representatives from Law Enforcement, FBI, Legislators, and policy experts, to discuss the demand side of this issue from their perspective, the barriers that impede them from arresting and prosecuting more pimps, traffickers, and “John’s”, as well as identifying strategic steps that the public can take to help facilitate a change in public perception and policy surrounding this issue.

Crowne Plaza, Kellogg Suite

10:00 am - 2 pm

Tickets $35 which includes a boxed lunch

MATTOO’s Men’s Rally/Walk -The historic MATTOO’s  Men’s Rally/Walk against human trafficking will take place at the State Capitol in St. Paul,  where  hundreds (or thousands)  of men will gather to raise public awareness about the issue of human trafficking and take a stand against all forms of modern day slavery, paying particular attention to the issue of decreasing the demand for sex-trafficking. Men will hear from many prominent speakers and learn about the issue and what they can do to be part of the coming “demand change”. The walk will culminate by joining the simultaneous Women’s event. The purpose of this event is to educate men and to show them that a true man saves, not enslaves.

The Capitol, State St. in St. Paul, Lower Lawn

3:00 - 7:00 pm


“For Her” Marketplace/Block Party - Happening on Exchange St. near the Capitol where survivors of human trafficking and other women will be waiting to support and cheer on the men while enjoying a Marketplace with vendors, women’s organizations, music and other activities.  When the men arrive, the women will be there to help celebrate and acknowledge that these men are publicly pledging to be a part of the coming “demand change” that refuses to purchase sex in any form and in so doing, they also commit to uniting with women in the fight against all types of modern day slavery.

Corner of Wabasha & Exchange St.

In front of the Fitzgerald Theater and McNally Smith

4:00 - 7:00 pm


The Nicole C. Mullen Victory Benefit Concert for Breaking Free- The 2nd Annual Breaking Free Victory Concert will take place at the historic Fitzgerald Theater. The theme of the concert this year is prevention, intervention, and empowerment for women and girls. There will be an opening performance by local R&B sensation Tiffany Carter followed by the 5-time Award Winning Christian Recording Artist  Nicole C. Mullen. Nicole is a highly recognized International Recording Artist who was the first African American to win the prestigious Dove Award for Songwriter of the Year.  She also founded the Baby Girls Club in her home town of Franklin, TN that exists to affirm and celebrate each girl’s worth, while expanding their view of the world and helping them to make a healthy contribution to their community. Attendees will have an opportunity during the concert to invest into the lives of abused and exploited women and girls here in the Twin Cities by donating to Breaking Free.

The Fitzgerald Theater, 10 Exchange St., St. Paul

6:15 Doors Open

7:00 Concert

8:30 Signing and photo opportunity with Nicole right after the concert

$20 in advance and $25 at the door (plus processing fees)

Tickets can be purchased by 5/9/11 at “Purchase Tickets” and will be mailed via regular mail. After 5/9/11 call the Fitzgerald box office at 651-290-1200 or email at .

100% of all of the profits from each event will be invested back into programs and services at Breaking Free for survivors of sex-trafficking and into providing education and outreach at MATTOO to decrease the demand for commercial sex.

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May 13-14, 2011

A Historic 2-Day, International Anti-Human Trafficking Event

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