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We Are a Human Trafficking Prevention Organization

Providing hope, healing, and restoration to lives impacted by human trafficking

Our Agency

Comprehensive wraparound care provider

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 campuses are a remarkable example of our community’s dedication to helping juvenile and adult victims exit reoccurring systems of exploitation. Our BTC safe homes provide comprehensive wraparound care to lives impacted by human trafficking. Our stellar trauma-informed non-residential services and evidence-based curriculums are operated by an army of dedicated team members. This allows us to offer trauma-informed services regularly to an average of 150 survivors and their families every day. Please know that community support has been, and continues to be, essential to all that we do. We believe that together we can break the chains of human trafficking in the lives of these precious survivors forever.

Our Team

The Team Behind Our Movement

Debra Rush

Co-Founder / Chief Executive Officer

Debra Rush is the Founder and CEO of Breaking the Chains. Her insight and experience into this daunting industry are the driving force behind Breaking the Chains’ founding.

Debra, too, is a survivor of human trafficking, lured out and violently trafficked in 1999 for several months. Following her daring escape, she was taken to a confidential location, which isolated her from the region where she had been victimized.

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 help individuals trapped in human trafficking and who may believe there is no way out.

Debra, who holds degrees in human services and business, works closely with the Fresno Police Department Trafficking Task Force. She is an alcohol and drug counselor and a certified trauma professional. Debra has gained notoriety as a passionate community leader, a proud alumnus of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Fresno Class XXXIII (33). She humbly holds the 2018 title of California State Assembly 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 and one incredible grandchild.

Tiffany Apodaca

Co–Founder / Chief Operational Officer

Tiffany Apodaca is the Co-Founder and Chief Operational Officer for Breaking the Chains. She uses her 20 years of management to oversee the business operations at Breaking the Chains.

Tiffany has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from Grand Canyon University. She sits on a few boards and committees to assist other nonprofits in the Central Valley. She is also in the Leadership Fresno Class of 37.

Tiffany’s 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 4 and continued into her late teens. Her perseverance to overcome these issues gave her the passion to want to be a leader who leads by example while helping others see their potential.

Tiffany is married to Tony Apodaca—they have six daughters and lots of grandchildren. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family by feeding them and creating memories.


Jennifer Duarte

Human Resources

Cynthia Lawrence

Program Coordinator

Sybil Kolbert

Trauma Programming Facilitator

Dominique Brown

CSEC Prevention Education Specialist

Carol Bertuccelli

On-Campus Crisis Counselor

Angelica Cortes

House Coordinator

Yatzari Victoria

Case Coordinator

Bernadette Aganza

Safe House Team Coordinator
Patricia Odeneal

Patricia Odeneal

House Coordinator
Julia Matias

Julia Matias

House Coordinator

Mary Jane Pinedo

Case Coordinator

Crystal Dominguez

Emergency Care Coordinator

Kathy Huffstutler

House Coordinator

Jessica Lopez

Case Coordinator

BTC Board of Directors

The Board Behind Our Vision

Don Eskes

Board President

Fresno Mission, Board President

Miiko Anderson

Vice President

Fresno County Ret. Sr. Prosecuting Attorney

Isaiah Bernal

Board Treasurer

Premier Valley Bank, Vice President

Sandra Carnahan

Board Secretary

Director of Clinical Services, SimpleBehavioral

Marcie Andrade

Johanson Transportation Service, Account Manager

Gordon Webster

The Business Journal, President CEO

Nick Yovino

Retired City of Fresno Planning and Development Director

Sue Castro

American Cancer Society, Executive Director

Debbie Young

James & Co Lighting

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