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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 female victims of human trafficking.

The BTC campus is a remarkable example of our community’s dedication to help victims of human trafficking. BTC is equipped with a beautiful safe house that provides long term shelter to 6 survivors. In addition, we also have an executive office, reception area, three class rooms, child care center, and a gymnasium. This in combination with a stellar trauma informed curriculum and an army of volunteers, has allowed us to also offer trauma informed services on a daily basis to more than 17 survivors through our Non-Residential service program. In all we provide direct trauma informed services to 23 survivors and their families everyday. It has been amazing to see the vision that was launched just three 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 lives of these precious girls forever.

Our Founders
Debra Rush
Debra Rush
Co–Founder / Chief Executive Officer

Debra Rush is a Co-Founder and the Chief Executive Officer 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 1999, she was rescued and taken to a confidential location, which isolated her from the region where she was held captive. Unfortunately at that time, no efforts were being made to expose human trafficking, and there was 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 women who are trapped in human trafficking and believe there is no way out. In the spring of 2014, Debra Rush and Tiffany Apodaca partnered to build the Central Valley’s first adult safe house, which is currently helping women escape systems of sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing, and education. Debra Rush has a degree in Human Services and extensive experience as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Tiffany Apodaca
Tiffany Apodaca
Co–Founder / Chief Operational Officer

Tiffany Apodaca is a Co-Founder and Chief Operational Officer 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 - Board President
Jeri Carmicheal - Board Treasurer
Tina Searcy - Board Secretary
Jerry Dyer - Fresno Chief of Police
Robert Alanis - Pastor/MFT
Pablo Dávalos - AOD Specialist & Counselor
Miiko Anderson - Fresno County District Attorney
Darius Assemi - Granville Homes
Debbie Doerksen - Founder / California Information Management

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