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 eleven. We refuse to communicate sensationally to raise funding. We only report on missions 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, painting clear pictures for donors and supporters of both our efforts and the realities of intervention work– realities that oftentimes 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.
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 cause or mission.
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 of any trafficking victim or potential victim, whether they are minors or adults. 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.
The safety of our teams and the success of current missions is paramount. Because of this, it is important for readers and supporters to know that our communications, while all true, may be altered in the following ways:
- Names changed
- Places/Locations altered, especially while the case is active
- “Current” intel may in actuality be more than two days old
- 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 the identities of our investigators or staff without permission and without situation-specific due cause. Photos of investigative staff will not be published, or will be greatly altered, to conceal identities.
Social Media Commenting Policy
We welcome your comments if you are 13 or older, and we expect that our discussions will be polite and helpful. You are responsible for the content of your comments.
The Exodus Road does not discriminate against any point of view, but may delete any of the following:
- Violent, obscene, profane, hateful, or racist comments
- Comments that threaten or harm the reputation of any person or organization
- Advertisements or solicitations of any kind
- Comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity
- Multiple off-topic posts or repetitive posts that are copied and pasted
- Personal information including, but not limited to, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, mailing addresses, or identification numbers
In short: be polite and add to the discussion. If you continually violate this policy, The Exodus Road may limit your ability to comment in the future. If you have any questions or comments about this policy, please e-mail us at [email protected].
Effective as of November 12, 2018
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 the 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 the content, feel free to request permission by emailing [email protected].
Financial Giving Policy
The Exodus Road is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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. The report is made public online every year.
Because of its excellence in financial transparency, The Exodus Road has maintained Platinum Level Membership with Guidestar.
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.
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, donor base, and 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. For example, we may share your information with law enforcement as required by law, 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 register 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.
Cookies, Third Party Information, Web Beacons, and Log Files
We use the information we collect in various ways, including to:
- Provide, operate, and maintain our website
- Improve, personalize, and expand our website
- Understand and analyze how you use our website
- Develop new services, features, and functionality
- Communicate with you, including for customer service, to provide you with updates and other information relating to the website, and for marketing purposes
- Send you emails
- Find and prevent fraud
The Exodus Road follows a standard procedure of using log files. These files log visitors when they visit websites. All hosting companies do this, and it is a part of hosting services’ analytics. The information collected by log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date and time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. These are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable. The purpose of the information is for analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movement on the website, and gathering demographic information.
CCPA Privacy Rights
Under the CCPA, among other rights, California consumers have the right to:
- Request that a business that collects a consumer’s personal data disclose the categories and specific pieces of personal data that a business has collected about consumers.
- Request that a business deletes any personal data about the consumer that a business has collected.
- Request that a business that sells a consumer’s personal data, not sell the consumer’s personal data.
If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us.
GDPR Data Protection Rights
We would like to make sure you are fully aware of all of your data protection rights. Every user is entitled to the following:
- The right to access. You have the right to request copies of your personal data. We may charge you a small fee for this service.
- The right to rectification. You have the right to request that we correct any information you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to request that we complete the information you believe is incomplete.
- The right to erasure. You have the right to request that we erase your personal data, under certain conditions.
- The right to restrict processing. You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.
- The right to object to processing. You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.
- The right to data portability. You have the right to request that we transfer the data that we have collected to another organization, or directly to you, under certain conditions.
If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us at the contact information below.
Protection of Children
Another part of our priority is adding protection for children while using the internet. We encourage parents and guardians to observe, participate in, and/or monitor and guide their online activity.
The Exodus Road does not knowingly collect any Personal Identifiable Information from children under the age of 13. If you think that your child provided this kind of information on our website, we strongly encourage you to contact us immediately and we will do our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.
Any changes to this policy will be reflected on this website.
Again, as an organization, we take your privacy seriously and commit to doing 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 64063
Colorado Springs, CO 80962
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.
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.