The work of freedom found Jeanne in a unique way. She had been to Southeast Asia on church mission trips focused on the issue of trafficking, but that passion became very personal when her youngest daughter was nearly trafficked as a minor on U.S. soil. Fortunately, she was able to escape unharmed and Jeanne and her husband Bill, who have been supporters of The Exodus Road, became steadfast in their commitment to help the counter human trafficking movement however they could.
Meanwhile, the VP of Advancement position was open at The Exodus Road and Matt and Laura approached Jeanne about taking the job. This would mean a tremendous career change for Jeanne, a woman with over 30 years of success in corporate America within the commercial real estate industry. Now, at the peak of her career, Jeanne was faced with a big decision.
She and her husband took a trip to Southeast Asia to see the organization’s operations first hand. They went undercover in the streets of the red-light districts and saw the children being sold. They spoke with undercover investigators and participated in their training. They met with the team and connected with the work on a deep level. These and many other experiences led her to the final decision to accept the position as Vice President, Advancement, and she began in February of 2016.
Most of her time is spent working remotely from Arizona with frequent trips to the office in Colorado Springs and across the country as needed. She has clear objectives for creating opportunities that will allow for the expansion of programs and services offered by The Exodus Road through partnerships with new and existing donors, creative funding, and strategic alliances.
Jeanne speaks tirelessly of hope in a very dark world. She says:
If we are making it more difficult for the traffickers to operate, there is hope. When we build trust and rapport with local law enforcement and provide critical data needed to conduct raids and pursue perpetrators, there is hope. And when we sit in the dark places of the world with these children, treating them with respect, love and kindness, there is hope.
When asked how she sees herself helping to end trafficking, she answered “By telling the story again and again. I am amazed how many don’t know about trafficking and modern day slavery. I hope that my passion for freedom will inspire others to act, to take action, either by donating financially, volunteering their time, or by spreading the word. I am hopeful because there are many people who do care and are deeply disturbed by slavery.”
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