The Exodus Road’s Policies and Values

Media Values

Honesty

We never exaggerate. Ever. When a mission fails, we won’t tell donors that it succeeded. If we rescue two girls in a raid, we won’t report that we saved 11. We refuse to communicate sensationally to raise funding. We only report on missions on our website and “claim” a rescue when The Exodus Road had a direct hand in the success of it– whether through staffing, funding, equipment provision, or direct support. Our goal is to give accurate, honest reporting and to paint clear pictures for donors and supporters of both our efforts and the realities of intervention work– oftentimes which do not include “Hollywood” endings.

We are also very transparent about our statistics and terminology. Please check out this page for details on the term “rescue” and descriptions of how we measure our progress.

Dignity

We abide by the basic guidelines of UNICEF for reporting on minors. We never reveal real names or faces of any underage victim or child online or in print, unless express permission is given by a parent or guardian. We maintain the dignity and rights of the child or victim at all times, to the best of our ability. While we do report stories from the field, we do not overdramatize details of a case or mission, and we seek to maintain a victim-centered approach, both in the case itself and in the reporting of it. While we do conduct interviews with adult victims, we expressly ask permission and often pay women for rights to the interview itself. Again, we will not publish faces, minors or adults, of any trafficking victim or potential victim. Our goal is to communicate the stories of victims, in an effort to paint realistic pictures of slavery, but this goal is trumped by the protection and respect for the individuals involved.

Security

The safety of our teams and success of current missions is paramount. Because of this, it is important for readers and supporters to know that our communications, while all true in detail, may be altered in the following manners:

  • Names changed
  • Places/Locations altered, especially while case is active
  • “Current” intel may be greater than two days old in actuality
  • Photos/Videos blurred, edited, to conceal identity or location

It is vital that followers understand that the safety of our field teams is of utmost importance. We will not reveal identities of our investigators or staff without permission and with due cause in specific situations. Photos of investigative staff will not be published, or will be greatly altered, to conceal identities.

Copyright Policy

Images throughout this site which include the name of the photographer are protected under this license. All other images are property of The Exodus Road and protected by copyright. Written, creative, and video content are also property of The Exodus Road and are not to be copied or downloaded without written permission. Failure to do so may result in legal action. If you’d like to request to use a photo or reprint a portion of content, feel free to request permission by emailing: info@theExodusRoad.com .

Financial Giving Policy

The Exodus Road is a registered 501(c)(3) non profit organization. All donations in the United States are tax-deductible in full or part. You can view our past financial records and independent audits by visiting our Financials Page. 

While The Exodus Road tries to honor all designations on giving, The Exodus Road maintains full control of donated funds and the discretion of their use. Per Executive Board policy, the organization is able to take up to 20% of donated funds to help cover administrative expenses associated with the distribution of funds. The Exodus Road will not share or sell a donor’s personal information with anyone else nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.

Each year, The Exodus Road submits itself to an annual third party financial audit. This audit ensures fiscal accountability and transparency and the report is made public online every year.

Because of it’s excellence in financial transparency, The Exodus Road has maintained Gold Level Membership with Guidestar.

Executive and Advisory Boards

The Exodus Road is governed by a team of qualified men and women who serve primarily in volunteer capacities on the Executive Board of Directors and multiple Advisory Boards. These expert professionals provide essential oversight, guidance, accountability, and leadership; you can meet them here. The Executive Board adheres strictly to the guidelines set forth for nonprofit management according to the state laws in Colorado.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

We understand privacy is important and we work hard to protect yours. We do collect personal information when you voluntarily submit it to us, both offline and online. For example, donors may provide us with personal information (such as name, address, email address, telephone numbers and/or credit/debit card information). Providing data is required in these contexts in order for us to process your donations, requests, or respond to inquiries.

In addition to the personal information that you submit to us, we may collect personal information about you from reputable third parties, or automatically collect information. Our web servers may collect certain information such as IP address, pages visited, time of visits, and referring website. Cookies are simple text files stored by your web browser that provide a method of distinguishing among donors and visitors to the website. We can use cookies to identify your browser as you visit pages on our site. They also help us provide you with more relevant, targeted content.

Any information transmitted to us may be stored, accessed, or processed in the United States. We collect information primarily to accept donations, complete our charitable work, and provide you with information concerning our programs and activities. We also use information for analytical purposes, to improve our website, our donor base, our outreach, or to respond to requests for information.

We do not trade, share, or sell information that you provide to us with other organizations who intend to use it only to market their products or services to you.

There may be unique instances in which we share your information with others. We may share your information, for example, as required by law, with law enforcement, to comply with legal process, to protect our legal rights, to protect the safety or security of a person, or to protect against fraud, criminal acts, or misconduct. We may also share your information with companies that provide us with services or with a successor legal entity.

To help prevent unauthorized access and maintain data accuracy, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect.

If you would like to access the data that we received from you, or make corrections to it, you may contact us at the email or mailing addresses provided at the end of this policy. If you registered to receive communications from us and later change your mind, you may ask that your name and information be removed from our distribution list. You can send such a request to the email or mailing addresses at the end of this policy, and we will immediately comply.

Our website may contain links to other web sites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another site, which maintains it’s own privacy policy.

Any changes to this policy will be reflected on this website.

Again, as an organization we take your privacy seriously and commit to do our best to ensure the protection and appropriate use of the information you provide to us.

If we need to contact you, we may do so by telephone, email, or mail. If you have any questions, concerns, requests, or comments, you can contact us by email, telephone, or mail at:

The Exodus Road
PO Box 1681
Colorado Springs, CO 80901
719- 645- 4548
info@theExodusRoad.com

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Exodus Road is an Equal Opportunity Employer that agrees not to discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, physical or mental disability, or age.