Hello, and thank you for checking OUR fundraiser! If you haven’t checked the main site for OUR already (ourrescue.org), I strongly recommend you do so now. This can help you stay up to date on some of their latest accomplishments and rescues! Watching the video above may also answer some of the questions which I address below. Thank you for taking the time to stop in, and I thank you for anything that you can give to help save these children from the horrors of human trafficking.
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
So why should you support these folks? After all, shouldn't law enforcement/the government be handling this?
I don't think anyone would argue that the government should be focused on this, and to a great extent, they have been (check out the FBI and Homeland Security initiatives to combat human trafficking). However, there are some things the government cannot easily do, whereas a group of individuals may have much more success for a variety of reasons, including not being bound by some of the restrictions government agencies have in different countries and at home.
Where does the money go?
In 2014, nearly 60% of donations were used for pre-mission operations, rehabilitation of affected individuals, development, and the missions themselves. More information can be found under https://ourrescue.org/faq
Is my donation tax deductible?
Most likely, yes! OUR is a non-profit organization, and as such, donations can be tax deductible, though always feel free to check with your tax services provider to make sure. OUR can provide you with a receipt should you choose to donate online as well! See more at https://ourrescue.org/faq
What exactly do they do?
The Operation Underground Railroad team has made many headlines with their various operations to rescue children from the horrors of trafficking across the world. One of the things that makes this organization so successful (other than their years of training, expertise, and motivation) is their willingness to work with local authorities to get the job done. They do not 'fly solo', and actively engage with those in the countries they are in. This helps ensure that not only are the victims rescued safely, but the perpetrators are immediately arrested.
That sounds amazing! What are some of the stories?
OUR has MANY operations that have taken place, which can be found online as well as on their own webpage (ourrescue.org) Some of the operations you may find interesting:
One of these operations included taking a US Attorney General along to play an undercover role (http://ourrescue.org/blog/fox-news-utah-attorney-general-plays-role-in-sex-trafficking-sting-operation-in-south-america/).
Another operation included working with an actress from the popular tv series The Walking Dead to help rescue another group of trafficked children in Columbia. The preparation for this operation can be viewed in the video at this top of this webpage!
This sounds incredible! What if we gather more than $10,000?
Rewards may be added should we hit our initial goal of $10,000. Currently what level of funding and what rewards are being discussed. Let's make it happen!