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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 Hope, Healing, and Restoration to lives impacted by Human Trafficking.

The BTC campus is a remarkable example of our community’s dedication to help juvenile and adult victims exit re-occurring systems of exploitation. BTC operates a beautiful safe house that provides long term shelter to lives impacted by human trafficking, a trauma treatment center that is equipped with an executive office, reception area, counseling offices, a large class room/recreation area, childcare center, and a gym, a law enforcement focused operations center, ER shelter, mobile command unit, and newly opened rural community offices. All of our stellar trauma informed services and evidence based curriculums are manned by an army of volunteers, and more than a 12 paid staff members. This allows us to offer trauma informed services on a daily basis to more than 40 survivors through our non-residential service program. In all we provide direct trauma informed services to 75 survivors and their family’s everyday. It has been amazing to see the vision that was launched just seven years prior come to life in such a short period of time. Please know that community support has been, and continues to be essential to all that we do, and we believe that together we can break the chains of human trafficking in the lives of these precious survivors forever.

Our Founders
Debra Rush
Debra Rush
Founder / Chief Executive Officer

Debra Rush is the Founder and CEO of Breaking the Chains. Her insight and experience into this daunting industry is the driving force behind Breaking the Chains’ founding. Debra, too, is a survivor of human trafficking. In 1999, she was rescued and taken to a confidential location, which isolated her from the region where she had been held captive. Unfortunately, at that time, no avenues, or efforts were in place to expose human trafficking, and there were limited resources available to help her cope with the specific trauma she had endured. 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 individuals trapped in human trafficking and who may believe there is no way out. Debra, who has a degree in Human Services, works closely with the Fresno Police Department’s Trafficking Task Force. She is an alcohol and drug counselor and a national trauma expert. A proud alumnus of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Fresno Class XXXIII (33), Debra has gained notoriety as a passionate community leader. She humbly holds the title 2018 California State Woman of the Year and has just become a published author. Although she has accomplished much since her transformation, Debra’s most cherished achievement is being the proud wife of Mark Rush and the doting mother of seven beautiful children.

Tiffany Apodaca
Tiffany Apodaca
Co–Founder / Chief Operational Officer

Tiffany Apodaca is the Co-Founder and Chief Operational Officer for Breaking the Chains. Her passion stems from the subjection to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse that she experienced as a child – abuse that started at the young age of four and continued into her late teens. As a result of these assaults on her mind, soul, spirit, and innocence, Tiffany became drug dependent, homeless, and a flawed decision maker which led to her entering into one unhealthy relationship after another. Through divine providence, Tiffany received wise counsel, and now, speaks publicly about her journey, bringing hope and healing to women who, too, have been subjected to sexual abuse. Tiffany has a certificate through Courage World Wide International for CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children), which complements her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Christian Leadership through Grand Canyon University. Tiffany Apodaca is the adoring wife of Tony Apodaca, and dedicated mom of five daughters and soon to be six grandchildren.

Our Team
Kasey Iapichino
Kasey Iapichino
Administrative Support / Victim Advocate

Kasey Iapichino serves as Administrative Support & Victim Advocate for Breaking the Chains. Her passion for people and serving others radiates when she enters a room. When Kasey isn’t serving our clients she enjoys spending time with her children and husband.

Sybil Kolbert
Sybil Kolbert
Trauma Programing Facilitator

Sybil’s extensive experience as a trauma professional and counselor has been foundational to our trauma treatment processes at BTC. She truly does value each and every client in her care and has helped everyone at BTC launch to new heights.

Carol Bertuccelli
Carol Bertuccelli
On Campus Crisis Counselor

This amazing human being came to BTC with more than 30 years of trauma counseling experience . She has been a mentor and a guide to some of Fresno’s finest leaders, and now she has taken her spot as a jewel in our crown.

Shelley Betts
Shelley Betts
Juvenile Justice Program Manager

Coming along side our survivor community is no easy task, and this team member knows this all too well. Shelley has extensive experience working with juveniles and underserved populations. She pulls from this place to provide exceptional comprehensive care and guidance to all of our kiddos at BTC.

Arturo Eric Correa
Arturo Eric Correa
Community Engagement Coordinator

The face of hospitality and outreach has arrived at BTC. We are humbled and honored to have Arturo on our team. His heart for our community and the mission of breaking the chains makes him the perfect fit for community outreach, fund development, and donor relations. Everyday is brighter when he is in it.

Jacky Zavala
Jacky Zavala
Non-Residential Case Manager/Victim Advocate

Jackelyn, better known as, “Jacky” is always ready willing and able to come along side of our clients to provide exceptional advocacy and case management services. Being the rope that clients can hold onto in their moments of greatest need is no easy task, we are very grateful for her heart to serve and her ability to impact lives.

Lori Gonzales
Lori Gonzales
Residential Case Manager/Victim Advocate

Lori is always available and ready to help her clients climb over extraordinary obstacles and begin soaring to new heights. Her experience and gentle disposition brings much needed peace to the chaos that our clients have experienced. The BTC team would not be complete without her.

Shalon Fayne
Shalon Fayne
House Manager

Shalon has a God spark that illuminates every room she enters. Her passion and dedication to help others makes her a perfect fit at Covenant House, and BTC is humbled and honored to have her on our team.

Bernadette Aganza
Bernadette Aganza
House Manager Supervisor

How awesome is it to get to do life with our incredible survivors!  Bernadette is attentive, caring, and always willing to be a shoulder to those who need her the most. We love our Mama B!

Sarai Cardenas-Yanez
Sarai Cardenas-Yanez
House Manager

Sarai is extremely kind and loves to serve others especially when it comes to the clients at BTC. She is a graduate from California State University, Fresno with her Bachelors in Victimology.

Yolanda King
Yolanda King
BTC's Parlier Campus - Program Manager

Yolanda (Yoli) King’s passion to combat human trafficking and walk beside those affected is evident in everything she does. Her extensive knowledge and experience in this field has been the perfect touch for our newly opened Parlier campus.

Patricia Odeneal
Patricia Odeneal
House Manager

Patricia is the newest addition to the BTC team! This incredible thriver has an unstoppable passion to provide hope healing and restoration to lives impacted by human trafficking, and we are beyond blessed to have her on our team!

BTC Board of Directors

Don Eskes - Board President
Curtis Chastain - Vice President
Richard Herrinton - Board Treasurer
Sandra Carnahan - Board Secretary
Soyla Griffin - CEO, Valley Health Team
Pablo Dávalos - AOD Specialist & Counselor
Miiko Anderson - Fresno County Assistant District Attorney
Darius Assemi - Granville Homes President
Mark Salazar - Deputy Chief of Police Fresno CA

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