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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Successful O.U.R. Training in Colombia

Successful O.U.R. Training in Colombia

One of the key pillars of our mission at O.U.R. is to empower local law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges. We believe that “teaching a person to fish” will lead to more sustainable and systematic improvement, as well as generational change. In November, O.U.R. facilitated the travel of current U.S. law enforcement officers, as well a former prosecutor, to Bogota, Colombia to train the Colombian National Police team which works closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Over the course…

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A 5-Year-Old’s Wish to Help “Real-Life” Superheroes

A 5-Year-Old’s Wish to Help “Real-Life” Superheroes

  Five-year-old Benji asked for two things for his birthday: 1.     A hug from each of his friends 2.     His own “Superhero Run” Not only did he just want these two things, this sweet young boy asked for no presents. He wanted to support the real-life superheroes instead. As Benji’s parents helped him plan his birthday race, they had many conversations with him about superheroes. Benji’s parents explained to him that there are many real-life superheroes. They discussed firefighters, police…

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9 Ways to Shine YOUR Light Against Trafficking

9 Ways to Shine YOUR Light Against Trafficking

  As Tim Ballard often states, there is a scientific principle that says darkness cannot exist where there is light. By shining OUR light every day, we can outshine the darkness of human trafficking. This holiday season, we want to focus on how exactly we can shine our light in our daily lives. Below are just a few ways to spark some ideas for you to implement in your own life. We can end child trafficking together! 1.     Talk about…

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Two Pittsburgh Steelers will Rep O.U.R. at Monday’s Game

Two Pittsburgh Steelers will Rep O.U.R. at Monday’s Game

Two players from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger and Jordan Berry, will be wearing special O.U.R. cleats during this Monday’s game to support the fight against child trafficking. Each player on the team will be representing a cause as a part of the “My Cause, My Cleats” initiative. Jordan Berry, the Steeler’s kicker, decided to paint his own shoes. “I only did the one on my plant foot,” said Berry. “I don’t want to mess my kicking foot too much….

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