A Note from our Founders
2020 was a year of incredible challenge for all of us. Navigating a global pandemic as a nonprofit was full of forced innovations and changing plans. COVID made us balance and cut budgets, then balance and cut them again. It forced us to navigate remote work and safety concerns as a team, it grounded our international travel, and it brought us face to face, once again, with the reality that hardship has the greatest impact on the vulnerable…
When COVID hit, we responded quickly, strategically, and sacrificially.
Emergency Relief to India
You helped us provide emergency relief when COVID hit and India was in lockdown. With special donations, you gave food kits to slum communities where our operatives work, and you made sure police partners got protective gear to keep them safe from the virus.
International staff spent much of 2020 isolated and at home, but they refused to let lockdowns stop their investigative work. Instead, they launched into online evidence gathering of sex trafficking. They built strong cases of cyber-exploitation, and when their countries opened up, they were ready to partner with police.
Operating with the value of keeping our field teams safe and employed, you gave generously to offset falling donations due to the pandemic. The entire staff at HQ immediately took pay reductions, too, to ensure that our front line operatives could continue their work.
Expansion of Programs
The Exodus Road is excited to share that we are strategically launching two additional programs in our work in the fight against human trafficking. In addition to our core program – Search + Rescue – we are officially expanding our prevention and aftercare programs through TraffickWatch Academy and Beyond Rescue.
The vulnerable, unlikely story of how The Exodus Road began — with an ordinary couple, gritty undercover work, and a dream that rescue from human trafficking was possible.
Ordinary captured the attention of our community around the world and continues to inspire ordinary people to find their role in freedom.
400 Years of Prison Time
In 2019, our investigative teams helped police with a case, Operation Lost Boys, that resulted in the rescue of 17 children. Because of the evidence gathered and with the help of partners, 13 traffickers were arrested by policeand faced serious charges.
In 2020, after countless hours in the legal system, justice was finally served. The traffickers received collective sentences of over 400 years in prison!
#1 on Apple Podcasts
In May of 2020 we celebrated reaching the top of the charts on Apple Podcasts Nonprofit category – and that wasn’t the last time our podcast, Until All Are Free, held a spot in the top 10! Our audience has provided nearly 100 5-Star reviews and has listened to a collective 305,000 minutes across 14 episodes. You can find Until All Are Free on all major podcast platforms.