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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, how to identify victims, the health problems commonly associated with this population, special considerations to be aware of when working with trafficking victims and how to access services for them,” stated the UMass press release about the course.

Sabella’s course is the first of its kind at UMass, and is offered online so that students from all over the country can register. It is also open to all academic disciplines, so that graduate students of all backgrounds can gain knowledge on the subject of human trafficking.

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Education about the signs of human trafficking is important. Read how a school teacher spends her time developing programs to educate teenagers about the dangers of trafficking here.

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ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING ORG HOLDS GOLF OUTING TO SUPPORT LIBERATION EFFORTS

ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING ORG HOLDS GOLF OUTING TO SUPPORT LIBERATION EFFORTS

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AUGUST 24, 2017

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ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING ORG HOLDS GOLF OUTING TO SUPPORT LIBERATION EFFORTS

 

Hinckley Dermatology and Operation Underground Railroad host a charity golf outing to support its mission to rescue and rehabilitate victims of child sex trafficking

 

Salt Lake City, UTHinckley Dermatology has partnered with Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) to host a charity golf outing to raise awareness and funds for O.U.R.’s mission of rescuing children from sex slavery and helping to rehabilitate survivors. All proceeds from the event will go directly to O.U.R. thanks to Hinckley Dermatology’s generous offer to cover all event costs. O.U.R. has increased its global reach since its founding, operating in India, Thailand, Malaysia, Haiti, and Peru, among others. It has also ramped up its U.S. presence, training local law enforcement to identify, track, and take down trafficking rings.

One day prior to the outing, there will be a public silent auction hosted by Hinckley Dermatology to further benefit Operation Underground Railroad. All are welcome to bid, as participation in the outing is not required for the auction. A list of available auction items can be found here.

“This tournament will be one of our premier annual events. We are so grateful for Hinckley Dermatology, as well as the numerous sponsors and donors who are making this day possible. The funds raised from this event alone will allow our team to rescue dozens of children,” said Tim Ballard, O.U.R. Founder and CEO.

“We believe there are few organizations with such an important mission and we are honored to take part in this great cause. We look forward to many more years of this golf tournament,” said Dr. Michael Hinckley, Founder of the Hinckley Dermatology Charity Golf Scramble.

WHO: Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.)
WHAT: Hinckley Dermatology Charity Golf Scramble
WHEN: Friday, August 25, 2017
WHERE: Stonebridge Golf Club – 4415 Links Dr, West Valley City, UT 84120
TIME: 1:00 PM MT

Operation Underground Railroad is registered 501(c)3 organization. Bringing together former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives, O.U.R. partners with local law enforcement agencies around the world to save children from this modern day slavery. Founded by CEO Tim Ballard in 2013, O.U.R. has rescued more than 650 victims and helped arrest over 275 traffickers worldwide.

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For more information or to schedule an interview with Tim Ballard, please contact Frank at frank@javelindc.com or 703-490-8845

1,000 Sex Buyers and Traffickers Arrested by Law Enforcement in 17 States

1,000 Sex Buyers and Traffickers Arrested by Law Enforcement in 17 States

by Megan Cerullo | Aug 18, 2017 | nydailynews.com

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More than 250 sex buyers and traffickers were arrested in Houston as part of a national initiative aimed at suppressing prostitution.

Law enforcement agencies made more than 1,000 arrests countrywide as part of the “National Johns Suppression Initiative,” according to the Cook County sheriff’s office press release.

“I’m very proud of our work, but concerned by the fact that demand hasn’t declined,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said of the results, announced Friday morning, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The operation ran from June 28 — July 31 and spanned 17 states, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.

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We are grateful for the law enforcement’s efforts in fighting child sex trafficking. Check out this article about how the FBI’s investigation led to 296 rescues and 900 arrests here.

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O.U.R. Training Helps Homeland Security Arrest a Child Porn Distributor

O.U.R. Training Helps Homeland Security Arrest a Child Porn Distributor

by Dave Hendricks | Oct 6, 2016 | valleycentral.com

A federal judge sentenced a Harlingen man to 20 years in prison Wednesday for distribution of child pornography.

U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera sentenced Kevin Michael Kaster, 26, of Harlingen to 20 years in federal prison on Wednesday afternoon.

Agents with the Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Investigations Task Force arrested Kaster in February, according to federal court records. The task force includes agents with Homeland Security Investigations — a division of U.S. immigration and Customs Enforcement — in Brownsville and Harlingen.

During a search, federal agents found 22 child pornography videos on Kaster’s computer, according to the criminal complaint against him.

“Kaster admitted to being the owner of the computer and being in possession of child pornography,” according to the criminal complaint. “Kaster stated that during the last three years, he has downloaded child pornography to his computer.”

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Homeland Security Investigations was able to catch this man based on training that the O.U.R. team provided for them. We are grateful for the opportunity our team has to enable law enforcement in the U.S. and around the world to protect kids from trafficking.

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Human Trafficking: How it Happens in Places like the Mayweather-McGregor Fight in Las Vegas

Human Trafficking: How it Happens in Places like the Mayweather-McGregor Fight in Las Vegas

By  | August 15, 2017 | thefederalist.com

With a highly anticipated fight between boxing’s biggest star Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and MMA firebrand Conor McGregor just around the corner on August 26, almost all of the stories surrounding the historic event have focused on the animosity between the two fighters, the revenue it’ll bring to Las Vegas (and the fighters themselves), and predictions of its result.

But what has gone underreported is the human cost that will inevitably come to this event in the form of prostitutes and other victims of human trafficking—especially since it’s in Las Vegas, home of the sex industry and one of the highest risk cities in the country for human trafficking.

Major sporting events like this and the Super Bowl every year draw unprecedented amounts of human trafficking. Just this year, during Super Bowl weekend, police arrested 750 suspects in sex trafficking stings across the U.S. In 2015, in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLIX, law enforcement agencies in 17 states arrested nearly 600 people and rescued 68 victims of human trafficking during a sting. In 2012, the week before the Super Bowl over 1,000 postings on Backpage.com, an online postings site that recently came under fire in a new Senate report, listed services from women and escort services, and a quarter referenced the Super Bowl, or “Super Bowl Specials.” The Mayweather-McGregor fight is expected to bring much of the same.

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Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) Founder and CEO Tim Ballard believes more should be done to reduce the human cost at major sporting events in the U.S.

Read the full article at thefederalist.com.


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The world of human trafficking is large. In addition to big events in places like Las Vegas, trafficking exists in places like the food industry. To read more about it, click here.

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Sex Trafficking in Your Town- Tim Ballard & Nancy Grace Discuss the Upcoming Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor Fight

Sex Trafficking in Your Town- Tim Ballard & Nancy Grace Discuss the Upcoming Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor Fight

“Huge sporting events create a big market for sex traffickers who appeal to men seeking sex with underage girls. You don’t have to travel to the Super Bowl or a Mayweather fight to find sex slaves”. 

When boxing fans converge on Las Vegas for the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight this month, young women and children forced in to sex slavery will be brought into Sin City. Tim Ballard sat down with Nancy Grace as they discussed how sex trafficking is happening right under our noses!

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Tim Ballard and Utah Senator Orrin Hatch Work Together to End Human Trafficking

Tim Ballard and Utah Senator Orrin Hatch Work Together to End Human Trafficking

Last Thursday, June 30, new legislation was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee to help the Federal Government effectively work with anti-trafficking nonprofit groups, including Operation Underground Railroad. Tim Ballard and Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, met over three years ago to discuss the possibilities of collaboration between nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), like O.U.R., and the Federal Government. The advance of this bill is a historical mark in the fight against trafficking and the freeing of victims.

The legislation includes plans to create a Public-Private Advisory Council. This council will consist of eight to fourteen representatives from nongovernmental organizations that have a strong understanding and substantial experience in the field of anti-trafficking. This knowledge includes both rescuing victims and providing excellent aftercare for them.

This council will be a direct line of communication between the government and NGOs. The members of this council will collaborate to submit recommendations to Congressional Committees for the Federal Government to know how to implement best practices for fighting human trafficking. Senator Hatch speaks positively about what this council will be able to do. “This Public-Private Partnership Advisory Council will allow government agencies to draw from the unique knowledge and experience of groups like O.U.R., allowing us to leverage government resources to fight human trafficking around the world,” Hatch says.

This legislation melds together the influence of two groups who are both vital to the eradication of human trafficking. Tim Ballard adds, “Human trafficking is a critical issue, and to more efficiently eradicate the problem, nonprofit groups need increased coordination with the Federal Government. This bill establishes a way to share successful anti-human trafficking strategies between federal agencies and organizations like Operation Underground Railroad.”

This Public-Private Advisory Council will open a new chapter in the fight against modern-day slavery for the United States. This legislation will allow both groups to effectively draw on each other’s expertise and work together to lay a strong foundation for future anti-trafficking efforts.

(Image source: Francisco Kjolseth | Salt Lake Tribune)


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City in Ohio Trains Undercover Agents to Spot Trafficking in Liquor Stores

City in Ohio Trains Undercover Agents to Spot Trafficking in Liquor Stores

By Andrew Keiper | Jun 20, 2017 | dispatch.com

The state is taking its fight against human trafficking to liquor-selling establishments by training undercover agents to spot potential victims during investigations.

Gov. John Kasich was joined by anti-trafficking advocates and public officials Monday to announce the Regional Human Trafficking Interdiction Working Groups, a division within the Ohio Investigative Unit.

Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks at a press conference to announce new initiatives intended to strengthen human trafficking prevention [Img: Barbara J. Perenic | Dispatch]

“They’re not just dealing with after hours and bars,” Gov. Kasich said. “They’re dealing with flesh and blood and people.”

The new program within the Ohio Investigative Unit, a division of the State Highway Patrol, will train about 80 undercover Liquor Control Commission enforcement agents to spot potential trafficking victims in addition to their regular investigations. The program does not expand jurisdiction for the officers.

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Tim presented at the Second Annual Human Trafficking and Commercial Exploitation of Children Summit in El Centro, Imperial County, California on May 24, 2017. To read how he taught local leaders how to identify and assist victims of trafficking, click here

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These Athletes Will be Running & Cycling 2000 KM to Aide in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

These Athletes Will be Running & Cycling 2000 KM to Aide in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

By Annie Ross | Jun 20, 2017 | standard.co.uk

Today, June 30, 2017, a cohort of adventurous runners and cyclists are setting off from Bosnia and headed for the UK, an astounding 2,000km away. The aim of the challenge, named Run For Love, is to raise £250,000 to fight human trafficking. I’ll be joining them for Stage Two, a 555km 3-day alpine cycle from Zagreb to Munich so head to social media for updates and you’ll meet some of my fellow challengers (Instagram @eXerKyourself)

The donations raised through Run For Love, an endurance duathlon, will support charities that work towards the prevention of future trafficking and help victims of modern day slavery.

 The Home Office estimate that there are 13,000 potential victims of modern day slavery in the UK alone (2013 data).

 

See the full news story at standard.co.uk (Photo source: standard.co.uk)


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A 17-year-old boy ran a similar campaign on behalf of of O.U.R. as he lead a fundraising bike ride along the California coast. For the full story, click here. If you would like to start a campaign of your own, visit yourrescue.org


 

Fighting Sex Slavery With Soap

Fighting Sex Slavery With Soap

By Brittney Donovan, Action News Jax | Jun 5, 2017 | www1.cbn.com

ARLINGTON, Va. – One group fighting sex trafficking calls itself S.O.A.P. – Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution. And they’ve actually found a way to use soap to battle this second leading crime in America.

During the first weekend of June, they gathered a couple of dozen volunteers in Arlington, Virginia across the Potomac from Washington D.C. to pack bags with bars of soap that have the number of the National Human Trafficking Hotline on the wrapper. Then they delivered these bags to hotels and motels around the D.C. Metro area.

The wrapper says, “Are you being forced to do anything you do not want to do? Have you been threatened if you try to leave? Have you witnessed young girls being prostituted? If so, please call: 1-888-373-7888 – National Human Trafficking Hotline.”

SOAP Saved a Chicago Girl

S.O.A.P. Founder Theresa Flores recently received a text message from someone about one of these wrappers.

Flores recalled, “It said ‘you are the reason I’m free. I found a bar of soap in Chicago and it gave me a reason to get out.’”

For the full news story at www1.cbn.com (Photo source: Pixabay)

Operation Underground Railroad runs a similar campaign with doTERRA Healing Hands. The new HOPE blend was developed and donated to O.U.R. specifically for distribution in high trafficking areas. It includes an 800 hotline number for children who are suffering and in need of help. Read the full story and consider donating to O.U.R. today!


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Human trafficking is a worldwide epidemic. What can you do in your own community to stop it?

In the month of June, O.U.R. volunteers around the world are holding yard sales and donating the proceeds.

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