HATCH HOSTS IVANKA TRUMP AND OPERATION UNDERGROUND RAILROAD CEO TIM BALLARD FOR BRIEFING WITH SENATORS

HATCH HOSTS IVANKA TRUMP AND OPERATION UNDERGROUND RAILROAD CEO TIM BALLARD FOR BRIEFING WITH SENATORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCT 25, 2017 **MEDIA ADVISORY** Washington, D.C.—Today, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) hosted a briefing in which Operation Underground Railroad CEO Tim Ballard delivered a special presentation on human trafficking to a bipartisan group of senators and special advisor to the President Ivanka Trump. During the briefing, Ballard discussed the importance of Senator Hatch’s legislation, which creates a public-private partnership advisory council to allow groups like Utah’s Operation Underground Railroad to leverage government resources to fight human trafficking around…

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O.U.R. Receives Large Donation from Life Leadership

O.U.R. Receives Large Donation from Life Leadership

On October 14, 2017, Life Leadership held a “Life on Life Push-up Contest” for the benefit of Operation Underground Railroad. Thousands of Life Members gathered in Louisville, KY, to participate in this push-up contest. They have raised over $758,000 and counting, as other participants are continually sending in donations! Life Leadership provides financial, professional, and personal development resources for entrepreneurs. Their Life on Life Initiative helps people gain freedom, by providing the resources necessary to work on literacy and other…

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A Cross Country Bicycle Tour Raises Over $5,000 for O.U.R. Before the Event Begins

A Cross Country Bicycle Tour Raises Over $5,000 for O.U.R. Before the Event Begins

On November 4th, Wyatt Buttars will embark on a bike ride across the entire United States along the Southern Tier to raise awareness for Operation Underground Railroad and share his passion for the cause. Buttars first heard about O.U.R. when his brother invited him to see “The Abolitionists” documentary. “I only learned about the name of the movie before going in, ‘The Abolitionists,’ Buttars recalled, “but I still had no idea what I was about to see.” After learning that…

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Slave Stealer Podcast 22: Pedro

Slave Stealer Podcast 22: Pedro

In this episode of the Slave Stealer Podcast, “Pedro,” Glenn Beck narrates a story about a young survivor of trafficking. Tim Ballard met this young boy, Pedro, on his first anti-trafficking case in the government. When they rescued Pedro, he immediately turned to Ballard and said, “I don’t belong here.” Even among the confusion of being rescued, this little boy seemed to know that he was safe in Ballard’s arms. While holding this little boy, Ballard noticed some dog tags…

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3 Ways O.U.R. Fights Trafficking in the U.S.

3 Ways O.U.R. Fights Trafficking in the U.S.

Operation Underground Railroad has been growing around the world – we now have aftercare partners in 15 countries and our O.U.R. jump team has grown significantly in SE Asia. With the recent damage from natural disasters, we have gathered support to help our partner aftercare homes in the various affected countries. We have assisted in over 40 operations this past year. But what does O.U.R. do in the United States? 1. Help train law enforcement teams on software to fight trafficking…

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Why a Medical Student from Switzerland Donated to O.U.R.

Why a Medical Student from Switzerland Donated to O.U.R.

“Because I wasn’t studying, the scholarship couldn’t be used for my schooling and I felt bad keeping it to myself. So I decided to give it to a good cause. I remembered about O.U.R. and so I gave it to them.” – Noah Operation Underground Railroad recently received a generous donation from a young medical student in Switzerland named Noah. He is in his second year of medical school and in his free time he likes to play the guitar…

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Joshua David Brown Case Development: Another One Arrested, 145 Victims Identified

Joshua David Brown Case Development: Another One Arrested, 145 Victims Identified

In December 2015, American pedophile Joshua David Brown was arrested in Peru along with five others for running an active child sex trafficking ring for several years. O.U.R. had a team on the ground to help support the local law enforcement and one of our outstanding partner ministries in Latin America in the operation. 36 victims were rescued, including minors who are now in aftercare homes. One of the minors rescued was a 4-year-old that was being sold online for…

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Slave Stealer Podcast 21: Needle in a Haystack

Slave Stealer Podcast 21: Needle in a Haystack

  This episode of the Slave Stealer Podcast, “Needle in a Haystack,” is next in the series of Glenn Beck’s narratives of O.U.R. operations. Today he describes the story of the O.U.R. team returning to a country to find one boy – Ozzy. Ozzy’s dad joined the O.U.R. team on the mission to find his son. They traveled to an unmarked village to find this young boy, who is now 8 years old. The team used a “magnet” approach –…

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Collaboration: Operation Handshake

Collaboration: Operation Handshake

  O.U.R. Funds a Three-Day Trip to Strengthen the Fight Against Trafficking in both Thailand and Cambodia. Last week, the O.U.R. Southeast Asia Team had the opportunity to attend Operation Handshake, a three-day conference in Cambodia. The purpose of this operation was to bring members of the Children, Women and Families Protection Center & Anti-Human Trafficking of Provincial Police Region 2, the Cambodian Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police, an officer from the Thailand Internet Crime Against Children (T.I.C.A.C.) and…

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3 MOMENTS IN O.U.R. HISTORY

3 MOMENTS IN O.U.R. HISTORY

Stories that Changed History in the Fight Against Sex Trafficking    1. The Little Boy that Inspired Tim Ballard to Start O.U.R. Guesno believed that his missing son, Gardy, had gone through an illicit orphanage. His hunch was the only lead there was – and with the devastating earthquake that broke Port Au Prince, Haiti, his son’s case was lost in the sea of hundreds of missing kids. Gardy could be anywhere. Tim Ballard, while still a government agent, heard of…

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