For Every Swimming Pool Built, California Pools Donates to O.U.R.

For Every Swimming Pool Built, California Pools Donates to O.U.R.

California Pools is a family-owned company that has been building custom pools for over 60 years for homes all over the United States. The company has been innovation-oriented from the beginning. California Pools was started by Wayne Steimle in 1952 as a backyard project – it was so successful, he had his whole neighborhood wanting to hire him to build them a backyard pool! To date, they have built over 70,000 pools and are nationally recognized as a leader in…

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Human Trafficking Class Now Offered at UMass College of Nursing

Human Trafficking Class Now Offered at UMass College of Nursing

by Lily Vesel | Sept 11, 2017 | dailycollegian.com Graduate students at UMass Amherst have a reason to be excited for this fall semester: The UMass College of Nursing is offering a new online course on human trafficking this fall. The course will be taught by Donna Sabella, an expert in the field of human trafficking. Sabella has organized a number of national projects to help victims of this scourge. “The course will introduce students to what human trafficking is,…

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Malaysia: The Day After the Rescue and Beyond

Malaysia: The Day After the Rescue and Beyond

O.U.R. Training in Malaysia     O.U.R. Aftercare and Operations teams believe that through collaboration we are able to complement each other’s strengths. There are several NGO’s and law enforcement agencies in Malaysia that are very passionate about stopping human trafficking. After several months of planning and preparation, Operation Underground Railroad was invited by Majlis Kebajikan Kanak Kana Malaysia and Protect and Save the Children to do a four-day training. The focus of this training was to come together to…

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A School Teacher’s Efforts to Prevent Human Trafficking

A School Teacher’s Efforts to Prevent Human Trafficking

by Lisa Deaderick | Sept 9, 2017 | Photo source: www.sandiegouniontribune.com Rickeena Boyd-Kamei has a desire to give her time to others. A teacher for 14 years, she recently moved her teaching into home hospital and transition support teaching, where she works mostly from Rady Children’s Hospital. There, she instructs children who are hospitalized and can’t attend school in a classroom environment. She also volunteers with numerous community organizations, including the Junior League of San Diego, where she began her current…

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doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation Supports Canine Law Enforcement Program

doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation Supports Canine Law Enforcement Program

We want to thank doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation for our ongoing partnership with them, and for the opportunity Tim Ballard had to speak at their convention on Saturday. It was at last year’s convention that the Healing Hands Foundation announced our partnership with them and since then, they have supported us through funding rescue missions, aftercare facilities, and other services. This year, they were able to help us support ICAC through the Canine Law Enforcement Program. The Canine Law Enforcement…

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3 Ways Kids are Trafficked in America

3 Ways Kids are Trafficked in America

Eradicate: to destroy completely; put an end to. O.U.R.’s mission: to eradicate trafficking. 2 million children are trafficked for sex worldwide. 250,000 of those children live here in the United States. 10,000 of those children are smuggled into America every year. How much is 250,000? The 2017 Super Bowl was held in the NRG Stadium, holding just over 70,000 people. Filling that stadium three times would still not represent all of the children being trafficked in America today. To fully…

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How the Brian Head Fire in Utah Inspired Awards at a 5k Race

How the Brian Head Fire in Utah Inspired Awards at a 5k Race

Last week, volunteer Bret Howser carried out a 5k and 1 mile walk in O.U.R.’s name in Brian Head, Utah. Howser and his wife have supported O.U.R. for a long time and we are grateful for their efforts in putting on this race. Not only did they organize the race, but they hand made the medals for the winners. Brian Head endured one of the largest fires of the year in the U.S. earlier this summer, so Howser made a…

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The Railroad Run: Utah 5k and 10k

The Railroad Run: Utah 5k and 10k

On Saturday, September 9th, The Railroad Run will take place at the Shops at Riverwoods in Provo, UT. It is a 5k and 10k run with a 1/2 mile fun run for kids. There will be plenty of activities for all from 9am-12pm including massages, singing, and kid friendly activities. All proceeds will be donated to O.U.R. For more information about the run and how to sign up, visit this page. O.U.R. Aftercare Director Jessica Mass and Railroad Run founder…

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3 Famous Tim Ballard Quotes, and the Inspirational Stories Behind Them

3 Famous Tim Ballard Quotes, and the Inspirational Stories Behind Them

1. “They came to us, and just started screaming in joy and clapping,” he said. “It’s emancipation. It’s liberation.” 2. “I have those feelings, and I think, ‘If I mess up now, these guys might not end up for the rest of their lives in jail.’ And that’s the thing that keeps me going.” 3. “And I’m just holding this kid, thinking ‘What am I going to do?’ and I start crying like a baby. I’m just holding this kid,…

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Slave Stealer Podcast 18: Recovery and Hope with Jessica Mass

Slave Stealer Podcast 18: Recovery and Hope with Jessica Mass

  On this episode of the Slave Stealer Podcast, we get to hear from O.U.R.’s Aftercare Director Jessica Mass. She and Mark Mabry discuss the recovery and hope that aftercare programs can provide. Mass emphasizes the small victories that you get to celebrate throughout aftercare. Jessica gives us new perspective about children born, trafficked, rescued, and rehabilitated in America. Warning: Her first story, while not explicit, is kind of a kick in the stomach. It involves a little girl who…

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