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The Search & Rescue Program is a simple way to empower partners to send out an undercover operative to look for victims trapped in slavery. Through a monthly gift of $35, partners “hire” mercenaries of hope to go into some of the darkest places on earth, locating children and trafficked women and then gathering evidence for their rescue with local police. Partners will be assigned a real-life investigative team with a code name, which will allow donors to track progress, connect with operatives, and receive live mission updates, when available. Each team (ALPHA, BRAVO, CHARLIE, DELTA, etc.) is comprised of a Basecamp (financial partners) team and Frontlines (field investigators) team. Together, we are working to hire an investigator to recover a slave. Find out more about the teams HERE.
$35 a month covers the expenses for an investigator on your assigned team to do one night of local surveillance. Most teams have 3-6 investigators. Because most of our teams are nationals or live locally in hot-spot areas of trafficking, our expenses stay lean. We’ve found that $35 per night covers their basic expenses for travel and operations to do ground- level surveillance– essentially the process of finding children and gathering basic intel.

While we have found that $35 covers one night of local investigations, it’s important to note that it takes much more operational funding to fund actual cases. Because of this, a portion of all monthly gifts go towards general investigative team expenses such as contract investigative salaries, work permits, deployment costs, vehicles, translation/support services, safe houses, etc. as they arise.

If quality investigations happen, then local authorities have the information and motivation they need to act within their communities against human slavery. Interventions translate into victim rescue and criminal arrests. These arrests within local legal systems are critical for effectively combatting trafficking as each raid makes the sale of humans a less lucrative and more risky business. Investigations, raids and arrests are effective in that they not only rescue the current victims but likely rescue future victims, as well.
No. Raids and higher-level investigations cost much more per case, and we cover those expenses through grants and other funding means. If you’d like to cover the expenses of an actual raid for your team, we’d love to give you specific case information for you to do that. A raid costs anywhere between an estimated $1,000-$5,000 per mission. For more information about funding a raid, email: info@theExodusRoad.com
Each partnering team is fully vetted by The Exodus Road staff with a strict metric of evaluation or is a part of The Exodus Road staff itself. Operatives are trained, either through the NGO community, local police, or former military experience, and must adhere to operational standards while on mission. During higher-risk surveillance missions, operatives are sent out in teams of two or more to add accountability, often wear gps tracking gear, and have undercover cameras running during the mission. Working in close partnerships with local police or a local investigative team as a whole eliminates the “lone ranger” syndrome that often exists in the investigative community. We have high standards in place to not further victimize victims, including a strict media policy and guidelines in how to interact with potential victims.
Each team (ALPHA, BRAVO, CHARLIE, DELTA) is composed of two parts: Basecamp and Frontlines. Basecamp is the term we use for the sending part of the team. These are donors or advocates, usually not living in places where investigations are physically taking place. The Frontlines team consists of the undercover investigators who are actually on the ground. Both parts are critical to the success and effectiveness of the team as a whole, as both empower rescue.
Never. We take security very seriously. Most of our operatives actually live in the places where they collect evidence and many of them have families, as well. Thus, it is crucial for their own safety that their identities remain secure. As we communicate stories from the field, you can expect that the locations, names and specific identifying details will be changed to protect the investigative team themselves. Having said that, our home office has assigned a specific team in the field with a specific name (ALPHA, BRAVO, CHARLIE, DELTA) and these assignments will not change.
No. We can never predict the results of the investigations we fuel. There are many moving pieces that must fall into place to enable a successful raid with the local government. However, we can say that quality undercover investigations must be occurring for the majority of raids and rescues to have a hope of becoming reality. In other words, the more we investigate, the more raids are possible.
We have developed several avenues for you to be on the virtual front lines with your investigative team. First, by signing up you’ll be receiving a welcome packet in the mail. This packet will include additional background information for your team and a few other small tokens of our appreciation for being willing to join the rescue movement. In addition to the welcome packet, you will also receive newsletters giving field updates from your investigative team. You’ll have the option of giving us your phone number, too, allowing us to text live mission updates from your team. In all of our media outlets, watch for your team’s name, as we will be identifying cases and activity according to the team engaged in them.
Our teams are always in need of new gear including: long range cameras, undercover gear, gps trackers, etc. If you’d like to purchase or host a fundraising event to gift your team with a specific item, email us and let us know. We will in turn contact your team and find out what equipment they need. We’ll let you know the piece of gear they request and the expense of it, and upon receiving the funds, we’ll purchase and deliver it to them on your behalf. This is a practical way to empower your team and to perhaps rally your community for rescue. Email SearchandRescue @ theExodusRoad.com for more information.
No, probably not. The likelihood of meeting the team in person is very slim because of the security risks involved for those on the ground. We would love for you to connect personally to the staff members in our home office in Colorado, USA, however. You can email info @ theExodusRoad.com to schedule a visit.
Sure! Though we encourage base camp members to stick with the same investigative team, you are free to change at any time. Simply email us and let us know you’d like to use your monthly donation to support a different team. You can email: SearchandRescue @ theExodusRoad.com. If you’d like to support multiple teams, of course, we welcome that, as well. You’ll get field updates from every team you join. It’s also important to understand that while donors designate Search & Rescue funding towards a particular team and we typically honor that designation, occasionally funding is channeled from one team to another, should the immediate need arise. Search & Rescue funding is always spent on investigative expenses within our Search & Rescue operational programs.
While we do try to honor the funding designations of teams (and typically are able to), sometimes various teams have more financial/case needs in certain months than others. We continue to support investigative efforts, but there might be some months when your donation fuels rescue efforts of another team in the field.
We have developed several avenues for you to be on the virtual front lines with your investigative team. First, by signing up you’ll be receiving a welcome packet in the mail. This packet will include additional background information for your team and a few other small tokens of our appreciation for being willing to join the rescue movement. In addition to the welcome packet, you will also receive newsletters giving field updates from your investigative team. You’ll have the option of giving us your phone number, too, allowing us to text live mission updates from your team. In all of our media outlets, watch for your team’s name, as we will be identifying cases and activity according to the team engaged in them.
Our teams are always in need of new gear including: long range cameras, undercover gear, gps trackers, etc. If you’d like to purchase or host a fundraising event to gift your team with a specific item, email us and let us know. We will in turn contact your team and find out what equipment they need. We’ll let you know the piece of gear they request and the expense of it, and upon receiving the funds, we’ll purchase and deliver it to them on your behalf. This is a practical way to empower your team and to perhaps rally your community for rescue. Email SearchandRescue @ theExodusRoad.com for more information.
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