In the United States, O.U.R. develops relationships with law enforcement agencies and offers resources to assist them in their efforts against human trafficking and sexual exploitation. These resources include support vehicles, forensics equipment and electronic detection service K9s. We also provide funding for law enforcement officers to attend trainings that focus on internet crimes against children, sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
O.U.R. does not conduct or participate in investigations, operations or enforcement action in the United States. This important work is conducted by the brave men and women in law enforcement.
We also collaborate with other non-governmental organizations with similar missions to combat human trafficking and exploitation in all its forms. O.U.R. strives to bring awareness to these issues and educate everyday citizens on the signs and risk factors associated with human trafficking and exploitation.
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 partnering 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.
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. For example, in one state, we are starting to implement our new program for transitional host homes, which is for young adults of survivors who are aging out of the state’s systems.
In April 2020, the foundation "Children Need Families” (CNF) became a project of O.U.R.. CNF works in partnership 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.
The O.U.R. Ops Team primarily consists of highly experienced and extensively trained current and former law enforcement personnel. Other members have a background in either the military or in intelligence work. Since our group is privately run, we are able to quickly respond to foreign government requests and institute investigative measures, develop intelligence and assist in enforcement operations and rescue efforts. Our goal is to develop long-term relationships with foreign governments and their law enforcement agencies responsible for combatting human trafficking and child sexual exploitation.
We assist foreign law enforcement agencies by developing intelligence, cultivating sources of information, and by penetrating criminal human trafficking networks under appropriate laws and procedures, with the goal of identifying their leadership and methods of operation. Through extensive undercover work and intelligence gathering, we strive to identify as many victims of human trafficking as possible; working closely with O.U.R. Aftercare in anticipation of their rescue.
As many of our operators have decades of experience in high-risk enforcement and tactical operations, we routinely assist our foreign partners with the planning and execution of enforcement operations and rescue efforts. Subsequently, we assist in criminal proceedings as necessary and appropriate.
Throughout the world, the O.U.R. Ops Team currently oversees government relationships and investigative and rescue efforts in these regions:
Central America & the Caribbean
South, Southeast and Western Asia
Western and Eastern Africa
O.U.R. also helps fund forensics labs in Colombia and Thailand to fight online child exploitation. At these facilities, we coordinate with and provide training to local law enforcement and prosecutors.
The mission of O.U.R. Aftercare is to support survivors of human trafficking and exploitation in their healing process by supporting their individual needs.
At this time, O.U.R.’s 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 partnering with different organizations, safe homes and aftercare centers. 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 collaborates with the O.U.R. Ops Team and government officials to communicate the assessments and potential aftercare centers for children. We assist in 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 partnerships with in-country aftercare centers prior to any operations.
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, and celebrations are not easily accessible in some countries, so our efforts often focus on ensuring survivors receive holistic services. Through our partnerships, many of the survivors we work with are provided with business classes to be successful entrepreneurs. O.U.R. strives to support survivors in their dreams.
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.