We want a world where slaves are free.
Who We Are.
Mission Statement: We find and free slaves through strategic action and ordinary people.
Operating in SE Asia, India, and the United States, The Exodus Road is a 501c3 organization which exists to empower the deliverance of modern slaves. In addition to equipping our own investigative team of nationals and expats, we also empower other organizations and local authorities by supplying covert gear, operational funding, training, and networking support. In addition, we equip local communities to watch for trafficking in their own cities, work to build collaboration through the Liberty Alliance, and offering trainings to those on the front lines of rescue work.
We are bringing people together for the sake of the modern day slave, and we are audacious in our pursuit of strategic deliverance.
And it’s working. In less than three short years (the first one spent largely in development), The Exodus Road has supported the rescues of 326 sex slaves through the work of over 60 investigators that we have been honored to support. We are currently networked with nearly 40 organizations, and we are proving that when we work together, we accomplish so much more. With headquarters in Colorado, we support field offices in three cities in SE Asia and partners in India, and we have given away over 183 pieces of covert gear. You can read more about what our community has accomplished in our 2013 Financial Impact Report.
Our Core Focus.
While we do invest in both prevention and after care projects, our core competency lies in empowering targeted interventions– the act of identifying current victims of slavery, gathering the necessary evidence, and working with local police and authorities to rescue victims and arrest perpetrators. While it is a challenging arena, we believe it is strategic in fighting human trafficking.
In addition to fueling actual investigations, we also fund related projects we believe effectively combat slavery in the intervention space such as the introduction of technology tools and training events.
Collaboration is Key.
Despite the tendency to work in silos, we are working to set a neutral table around which many can gather for the common goal of freedom. We believe that the issue of human trafficking is too large for any one organization to effectively tackle in isolation. To this end, we are helping lead The Liberty Alliance, a network of organizations committed to fighting slavery in collaboration.
What We Provide.
With on-the-ground accountability in place, The Exodus Road primarily funds key deficiencies common for those working in targeted intervention. We supply operational funding for cases, covert surveillance gear, investigator training events, networking support, operative care, and fund advocacy projects (repatriation expenses, after care transition, social worker salaries, etc.) We also have developed key programs, like Search and Rescue, where we connect donors with our front line teams by letting supporters fund one night of investigations for a certain team every month. Through this program and others like it, we consistently engage donors with the realities of fighting sex trafficking, both globally and at home.
By providing funding, gear, and training, we have been able to empower raids like this:
Why We Are Different.
There are many excellent organizations fighting modern day slavery today. It’s important to understand a few of The Exodus Road’s key differentiators:
- We believe in collaboration. We believe in fueling the work of many and value collaboration for the sake of victims.
- We focus on targeted interventions. Our niche is fueling undercover investigations and raids with local police. We believe this is a strategic way to fight trafficking, big-picture. While we do have partnerships with many quality after care partners and direct a portion of our funding to both after care and prevention, our main focus will always be intervention.
- We believe “justice is in the hands of the ordinary.” The organization was birthed in humble beginnings and in the wild belief that we all have a role to play in freedom. We still believe that, and we work hard to give everyone a chance to make an impact.
- We bring donors to the front lines. Through text updates, covert footage videos, and opportunities to join a literal rescue team, we try to connect our community here with our field teams there. Sometimes raids fail, investigators get discouraged, the police are corrupt– we think donors are mature enough to get the real stories, and we deliver those as much as possible.
- We value the national. Ultimately believing that nationals are the most equipped to bring change to their own communities, we highly support our national investigators and organizations.
- We are victim-centered. We keep the girl or boy trapped in sex slavery at the center of what we do, what we fund, and how we implement strategies in the field.
- When we say “rescue,” we mean RESCUE. Though the term “rescue” is ambiguous, especially in this field of counter-trafficking work, when we use the word “rescue,” we are specifically speaking of a deliverance from a situation of literal slavery. This can include cases involving restricted movement, trafficking across borders, underage prostitution, debt bondage, or pedophilia. All cases are worked under the authority of the local police.
The two heartbeats of our organization are empowerment and collaboration.
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Note: For safety reasons, all information regarding specific operations and rescues will be edited. Names and locations will be changed, while maintaining the integrity of the story and investigative work. The Exodus Road is committed to honest, responsible communication regarding the organization, its funding efforts, and the work of its network of investigators.