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The Jump Team of Operation Underground Railroad
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Our Team

They are the best of the best. They train hard, work hard, and take their jobs very seriously.  They are the Jump Team of Operation Underground Railroad, and they rescue children from sex traffickers.

Former U.S. Navy Seal “Dutch” Turley is the team leader, and his number one job is keeping everyone safe. “I’m in charge of the security of the team,” he says. “If you’re in a bad situation, you haven’t done the first couple steps.”

Those steps include forming a chain of command and creating accountability. You also need to make sure you’re never alone. You need to watch out for each other and blend in. Of course, you have to do your homework, too.  For O.U.R., that includes gathering intelligence, working with local law enforcement, and understanding how the traffickers are organized and move children.

In only six months, O.U.R. has rescued 59 children. Perhaps the bigger miracle, however, is that it is all made possible with donations from people and groups who believe in what they are doing. “We are growing so fast,” says Turley. “We are forming more Jump Teams so we can go on more missions and save more children.”

While serving in the Navy Seals “Dutch” was a “breacher” someone who deals with explosives, blasting open doors or breaking barriers. Working with O.U.R. is a bit tamer but he’s always prepared  should anything go wrong.  In fact, everyone is.  No one goes on a mission without training, even celebrities.

Laurie Holden

Actress Laurie Holden, best known for her roles in the movie The X-Files and the television series The Walking Dead, is also a human rights activist and went with O.U.R. on a recent mission to Colombia. Her job consisted mainly of helping the rescued children feel safe and relaxed.  It sounds easy, but in a tense situation where traffickers are being arrested, it can be quite the challenge.

Jump Team training is ongoing and consists of hand-to-hand combat and handgun instruction. But the most important training, according to Turley, is mental. “You have to understand your enemy from a mental perspective.  We try to do it as often as we can,” he says. “We cover the mentality of the situation.”

For a tough guy, Turley has his soft side. He says there are many outstanding moments working with Operation Underground Railroad. “It’s been the most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life, to save these children [Pauses]. I’m kind of at a loss for words.” He really is one of the best of the best.

Written by: Cheryl L. Karr

For more information visit OURrescue.org

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Smithk609
2014-09-14 04:01:04
This website was how do you say it? Relevant!! ededdegabkdekedf
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Steven west
2014-11-19 15:43:04
GOD SPEED ! And be safe, "and bring them back home.
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Greg Cauthen
2015-03-30 21:21:11
Is there a way to be involved with the jump team? Are you looking for volunteers?
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Josh
2015-05-12 07:24:24
I would have joined the military by now in my life if they had such an awesome and world changing program such as this. Maybe it is wishful thinking, but I would join in a heartbeat if the opportunity arose to go out there and help to save precious children from slavery.
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Bobbie Waldon
2016-08-11 12:52:48
please assist me me I have contacted serval law enforcement officials and have been stalked and bullied by what my be a church organization I have not been in contact with my family and find it unbelievable to get help I am currently located at the YMCA in Plainfield NJ and are required to leave the building between 8-4pm alson all my info is being moniteored should you send help pleae do not let them turn you away without seeing me
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Sherrie Yopp
2018-11-28 05:32:55
HI my name is sherrie Yopp. I was introduced to OUR a few months ago by a video I came across on Facebook. I then registered and did my online training with OUR. This is my desire and passion. I'm hoping to get connected to the right people and would love even more to be a member of the jump team for operation underground railroad.
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Bobby Daniels
2020-05-13 11:41:02
I am an ex Detective with a 290 Task Force and would like to know how I can join your team? I am retired after 22 years of service.
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Jason Bonney
2020-07-20 19:46:20
I was interested in the requirementS for the Jump Team. I am a current LEO and prior Army Airborne Infantry. I have a passion for organizations like this one which reminded of the invisible children organization. I feel that I have something to offer. -Please Advise
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Dawn jackson
2020-08-01 13:57:28
These comments are extremely out of date ? Why are there no recent comments here ! Concerned ! Interested !
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