O.U.R. Aftercare = Collaboration

Operation Underground Railroad Aftercare:

What is O.U.R. Aftercare?

The mission of O.U.R. Aftercare is to support survivors of human trafficking and exploitation in their healing process by meeting their individual needs.

At this time, O.U.R. has found the most effective model is empowering and supporting in-country aftercare centers. Through collaboration, we have been able to support the care of survivors far beyond what we would have been able to do on our own. In order to be most effective, we believe that people who have already invested years in the country are the experts and understand the culture far greater than those who do not live there.

O.U.R. vets and assesses aftercare centers around the world, which consists of collaborating with different organizations, safe homes and aftercare centers. Aftercare also works directly in collaboration with the O.U.R. Ops Team and government officials to communicate the assessments and potential aftercare centers for children. We then assist in the communication to the center about upcoming rescues and the predicted needs, such as additional social workers or medical professionals in-country.

O.U.R. Aftercare in the United States

O.U.R. strives to provide personalized care to each survivor we work with. We assist survivors in getting needed medical care such as surgeries, dental work and therapy (including equine therapy). In the U.S., our efforts also include court advocacy, connecting survivors with free mental health services or mentors, vocational training, college scholarships, and holistic support to the family unit when Child Protective Services (CPS) determines a survivor can return to their family.

Another large part of our work in the U.S. is working with trusted organizations. We work closely with a number of groups to ensure they have the resources needed to provide quality care to survivors. We refer individuals to these organizations and step in if they are unable to provide the needed services. For example, adult women are an often overlooked demographic, and we strive to cover the costs of shelter and transportation as they flee trafficking situations. Some groups we have teamed up with include Face Forward International and the Phoenix and Los Angeles Dream Centers.

Domestically O.U.R. does not have the authority nor tries to dictate where survivors are placed, but based on our network, we can make recommendations of homes that have the ability to provide care for additional survivors. Survivors often go back to their families or into therapeutic foster care.

Many survivors are also placed into aftercare homes, though the U.S. has a need for additional facilities. O.U.R. strives to strengthen existing homes and find additional safe places for survivors.

O.U.R. Aftercare Around the World

It's the desire of O.U.R. Aftercare that we come in with a servant's heart and an empowering spirit.

At this time, O.U.R. has found the most effective model is empowering and supporting in-country aftercare centers. Through collaboration, we have been able to support the care of survivors far beyond what we would have been able to do on our own. In order to be most effective, we believe that people who have already invested years in the country are the experts and understand the culture far greater than those who do not live there.

Our aftercare team has a wide variety of backgrounds of working with survivors and support services, but also utilizes the evaluations and standards of the country provided by local social workers. Aftercare also works directly in collaboration with the O.U.R. Ops Team and government officials to communicate the assessments and potential aftercare centers for children. We then assist in the communication to the center about upcoming rescues and the predicted needs, such as additional social workers or medical professionals in-country. It is the current practice of O.U.R. Aftercare to build relationships with in-country aftercare centers prior to any operations.

Internationally, O.U.R. is able to be more directly involved with the aftercare of survivors. We facilitate the care of any survivor we are asked to help, not just those we assisted in rescuing. Survivors are often referred to us by aftercare homes when they are not able to meet a specific need for someone. For example, expensive medical needs, education, additional mental health workers, community outings or community integration activities, and celebrations are not easily accessible in some countries, so our efforts often focus on ensuring survivors receive holistic services. Also, through our collaborations, many of the survivors we work with are provided with business classes and start their own businesses as we support them with capital to be successful entrepreneurs. O.U.R. strives to support survivors in their dreams for themselves and their dreams for their children.

O.U.R. also strives to empower local staff at aftercare centers around the world. We provide training to ensure they provide the highest quality care. We also connect them with our network, acting as consultants and liaisons between different groups.

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In April 2020, the foundation "Children Need Families” (CNF) became a project of O.U.R. to further our prevention efforts. CNF works in collaboration with adoption agencies, orphanages and adoptive families worldwide, offering a grant subsidy to assist with one of the most prohibitive steps of the adoption process, the cost. Adoption is considered to be a potential preventative measure against child trafficking.


Children Need Families

We believe ...

... that established, vetted aftercare centers are the experts in their country and we are servants. Servants that believe in empowering dreams, vision and hope for each survivor's future. United we stand in the fight against human trafficking and the healing process of victims that become thriving survivors.

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