O.U.R. Jump Team Pin

O.U.R. Jump Team Pin

Upon returning from their first rescue operation, O.U.R. Jump Team members earn a gold O.U.R. pin (click HERE for link to our online store.) There are many people who support our jump team in spirit and support the fight in their hearts. This pin is now available to all O.U.R. supporters in honor of our Jump Team. The Jump Team works with local authorities to perform undercover rescue operations. In this process, they do all they can to make sure…

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Searching for the One and the Impact Along the Way

Searching for the One and the Impact Along the Way

Many of you know the story of Gardy. He is the precious little boy O.U.R. continues to search for after he was kidnapped from church and then trafficked. During our search for Gardy so many other children have been rescued. It is Gardy’s dad that talks about the strength that he has found due to the many other children that have been set free due to his son. I can not even begin to fathom the heart of one who…

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“I Feel Invincible”

“I Feel Invincible”

I feel invincible. On a recent O.U.R. aftercare mission, this is what a young girl said to O.U.R. Aftercare Assistant Tyler Schwab and COO Jerry Gowen. She is from a high trafficking area in the Caribbean. After tracing steps and talking with traffickers and pimps, we found this certain community where a lot of young girls were being trafficked in and out of. To help support the young girls in this area that are at high risk for being trafficked,…

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Cookies and Spare Change

Cookies and Spare Change

The Andersen family and their community recently raised over $8,500 for O.U.R. by collecting spare change! Friends and family banded together by bringing change jars to work, having lemonade stands, and adding any dollar bills in that they could contribute. Brooke Andersen shared her experience with us and how they came up with idea. “We had no idea how rampant child sex trafficking was until Spring of 2017. When we did, it broke our hearts. We knew we had to…

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Adobe FREE AT LAST Event

Adobe FREE AT LAST Event

O.U.R. and Adobe bring you Free At Last, an annual fundraising and service event in recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. On January 15th, we honor Martin Luther King Jr. You might be familiar with his “I Have A Dream” speech given during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This speech was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement. King described his dreams of freedom, declaring, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank…

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There is HOPE for the Next Generation! 

There is HOPE for the Next Generation! 

In an operation a few weeks ago that resulted in the liberation of 15 girls, there is one girl that was rescued from her worst nightmare. The trafficker who had been doing this for a few years had little fear of ever being caught. Without hesitation he recruited a young 14 year old to be part of the group of girls he planned to sell. While all the other girls had been through his horrible abuse of trafficking, this young…

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Impacting the Hearts and Minds of Survivors

Impacting the Hearts and Minds of Survivors

“Do you really think there’s hope for me? I’m a ‘bad kid’.” This is what a 15 year old recently said to me during a rescue operation. She had been with us for about 45 minutes in a safe room away from the traffickers who were being arrested. She went on to tell me that she had ran away from home because her dad would get drunk and beat her. Shortly after running away she met a man who said…

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Challenges in Placing Children in Aftercare

Challenges in Placing Children in Aftercare

One of the most important steps in the rescue process is providing quality aftercare that will allow our survivors to heal and go on to provide for themselves as adults. Immediately after the rescue happens, aftercare specialists are on site to help transition the rescued children to aftercare homes. As Tim Ballard has said, “There is no rescue without rehabilitation.” Helping survivors of trafficking on the path to healing is one of the most vital parts of our process –…

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How Students at Orem High are Making a Difference

How Students at Orem High are Making a Difference

The students at Orem High have recently taken a stand against trafficking. When Tyler from O.U.R. Aftercare visited a Current Issues class to put on a presentation for the students, a certain girl knew that she wanted to make a difference. High school student Josee was moved by Tyler’s presentation and after learning more about O.U.R.’s mission, she decided to start an O.U.R. club. “Creating the club has helped me and all the members to feel like we are making…

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Life Leadership Members Raise Over $800,000 For O.U.R.

Life Leadership Members Raise Over $800,000 For O.U.R.

By Kristen Seidl | Dec 7, 2017 | blog.lifeleadership.com “Use your money to make your life count.” – Chris Brady On October 14th, 2017, LIFE completed its largest charitable Life on Life Initiative to date. Thousands of LIFE Members gathered in Louisville, Kentucky to participate in a push-up contest to raise money for Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), a non-profit organization that rescues and rehabilitates children from sex trafficking. The Life on Life project began in July of 2017, when All Grace Outreach spokesman, Chris Swanson, teamed up with O.U.R….

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