Living Magazine doTERRA Winter 2016 - Page 30

The dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™ is proud to be partnering with Operation Underground Railroad, (also known as OUR Rescue) to bring healing and hope to the world. This non-profit organization works to save children from sex trafficking by utilizing some of the world’s experts in extraction operations and anti-trafficking efforts. THE MISSION AND VISION OF OUR RESCUE OUR Rescue strives to expose to the world the global epidemic of child sex trafficking. In doing so, they rescue children from slavery and assist law enforcement in the prosecution of traf­fi cking offenders. Rescued children are then placed in safe havens that pro­vide appropriate recovery aftercare. Founded in December of 2013, OUR Rescue is not a government agency, and thus relies 100 percent on donations to continue their work. TO DATE OUR RESCUES Since their inception, OUR Rescue has worked closely with experts in extraction operations and anti-trafficking efforts. These experts include former members of the CIA, Navy SEALs, and special oper­a­­tions forces who coordinate identi­fication and extraction efforts—also sometimes called “jumps.” When these highly skilled teams have pinpointed an area that is known to have child sex trafficking, they then work with local law enforcement to make sure the children are rescued. additional check for $250,000 to support their aftercare program, making a total donation of $500,000 to The dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation. A large part of the OUR Rescue project takes place post extraction and is called aftercare. It is here that rescued individuals adjust to their new lives. Jessica Mass, Director of Aftercare, states, “We believe that established, vetted aftercare centers are the experts in their country and we are servants—servants that believe in empowering dreams, vision, and hope for each survivor’s future. United we stand in the fight against human trafficking and the healing process of victims that become thriving survivors.” dōTERRA also announced a new HOPE blend that was developed and donated to OUR Rescue specifically for distri­bution in high trafficking areas. Its comforting scent is not the only thing that sets this blend apart—included on the label was an 800 hotline number for those children needing help. A 10 mL roll-on blend is now available for Wellness Advocates to purchase and features a newly designed label. All proceeds from the dōTERRA Hope Blend will go toward benefitting the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation. THE do-TERRA PARTNERSHIP In July of this year, dōTERRA Founding Executive and CEO David Stirling was also able to participate in a jump operation in California where a sting took place. He was able to see firsthand what OUR Rescue is doing and how they work to further their cause. David says, “We partner up with just a few institutions that are doing good things in the world. One of these is OUR. We feel like they fit in with our mission and what we are trying to do, which is bring positive change to the world. We like to help people; we do that in many different ways with our essentials oils already, but this is a way to reach in and hopefully make a dent on this huge issue and rescue a lot of these innocent children.” At a dōTERRA® Day of Service event, corporate employees assembled human­itarian and school kits for children who were rescued from sex trafficking. Beyond the kits, dōTERRA executives knew more could be done. This year, the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, donated $250,000 to the OUR Rescue cause, and officially announced a partnership between the two organizations. During the 2016 global convention, the dōTERRA Founding Executives presented CEO and founder of OUR Rescue, Tim Ballard, with an 2014: 12 JUMPS I 2015: 20 JUMPS I 2016: 38 JUMPS 600 VICTIMS RESCUED I 250 PERPETRATORS ARRESTED I WORKING IN 13 COUNTRIES