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Who We Are

Our Agency

We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization located in California’s Central San Joaquin Valley. We work with local, state, and federal law-enforcement agencies to provide rescue, relocation, restorative, and residential services to adult female victims of human trafficking. According to the Department of Justice, California has the highest volume of human trafficking, this combined with a high poverty population and highway 99 has allowed the Central Valley to become a mecca for this industry to grow. Fresno alone has five areas that Law enforcement has identified as human trafficking hotspots, and with few resources available to assist the documented victims, direct services such as the ones that we are providing, are long overdue. Community Support is essential to all that we do, and we believe that together we can break the chains of human trafficking.

Our Founders
Debra Woods
Debra Woods

Debra Woods serves as the Co-Founder of Breaking the Chains. Debra’s insight and experience into this dauntless industry is the driving force in which Breaking the Chains was founded. Debra is also a survivor of human trafficking in which she frequently experienced emotional, physical and sexual abuse. In 1999, she was rescued and taken to a confidential location, which isolated her from the region where she was held captive. Because no efforts were being made to expose human trafficking, there was limited resources, counseling and direct services to help cope with the trauma she endured. Her life rapidly spiraled out of control and eventually, she found herself back in the sex trade. In 2008, after years of guilt and shame, she found the courage and strength to begin her healing journey. This spurred her quest to rescue women who are trapped in human trafficking and believe there is no way out. In the spring of 2014, Debra Woods and Tiffany Apodaca partnered to build the Central Valley’s first adult safe house, which will help women escape systems of sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing, and education. Debra Woods has a degree in Human Services and is pursuing a certificate as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Tiffany Apodaca
Tiffany Apodaca

Tiffany Apodaca serves as the CO-Founder for Breaking the Chains,her passion stems from being subjected to physical, emotional and sexual abuse. The abuse started at the young age of four and continued into her later teens. As a result, Tiffany became drug dependent, homeless and entered into one unhealthy relationship after the next. Tiffany received wise counsel and now speaks publicly about her journey, bringing hope and healing to women who have also been subjected to sexual abuse. Tiffany has a certificate through Courage World Wide International for CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children), in addition to her Bachelor of Science in Psychology through Grand Canyon University.

BTC Board of Directors

Curtis Chastain - BTC Board President
Jeri Carmicheal - BTC CFO
Tina Searcy - FRM Event Coordinator
Jeri Carmicheal - Financial Advisor
Jerry Dyer - Fresno Chief of Police
Robert Alanis - Pastor/MFT
Curtis Chastain - FPD Sargent, CVAHT Leader
Pablo Dávalos - AOD Specialist & Counselor
Miiko Anderson - Fresno Count District Attorney

BTC Advisory Board

Rob Carter - Jaron Ministries Code 3 International
Terry Ashmore - Fresno Sherriff Code 3 International
Cherry McFadden - Retired Fresno State professor
Mechelle Adney - Business Journeyman
Sharon Hoard - Jail chaplain
Grace Whipple - Group Home Provider

Our Partners