Acrobatic advocacy, from Minneapolis to Mongolia

Thrilling, gravity-defying acrobatics and dazzling dance routines were how Southeast Minneapolis resident Erdenechimeg “Chimgee” Haltarhuu sought escape from domestic violence in Mongolia.  Haltarhuu, 45, was born in Mongolia, a country where domestic violence is commonplace and resources for survivors are scarce. Her late husband beat her so severely her jaw shattered.She saw an opportunity to escape when Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus chose her to perform with them in America in 1991.Now, almost 20 years later, Haltarhuu plans to return to her homeland to share her story and offer hope through a series of circus performances and outreach speeches.”I want to tell women to stand up themselves,” Haltarhuu said. “We are strong. Be yourself; don’t be afraid. Continue Reading