2021 Annual Report
The Foundation United is leading the way in the fight to end sex trafficking through Prevention, Protection, and Provision. We work collaboratively to prevent children from being trafficked and abused, train the front lines to protect victims, and support restorative services for survivors.
From Our Founder & CEO
This last year has been quite amazing. The Foundation has truly found its stride. The vision that God birthed a decade ago has now fully come to fruition. The belief that we could do exponentially more together, and through collaboration is proving to be true In every aspect of the work that we do. Thanks to our Provision arm, we have the ability to fund multiple housing organizations across the country. We are most excited about being able to launch and pour in seed money to Uncaged in Romania, as they are creating a beautiful, much-needed sanctuary in the heart of Romania.
Under our Protection Pillar, It has been awe-inspiring to watch Deb O’Hara-Rusckowski and her team train over half a million first responders and healthcare professionals. The research and statistics tell us that 87% of ER Doctors treat a sex trafficking victim and give that little girl or little boy right back to their
predator, not even knowing what they're looking at. Under our watch, and under the amazing work that the Global Strategic Operatives are doing, that is changing. Not only have we trained 12 new markets in America, but the following countries internationally. And please note, this was in spite of all the close-downs with COVID-19. With COVID, we found a way even when there was no way. God made a way. We are just thrilled with these outcomes.
The National Training cadre is also finding its stride under the leadership of Kinsey Pentecost. Kindsey has years of experience training law enforcement on the issue of domestic sex trafficking and has served on the leadership team of the Circuit 12 Coalition Against Human Trafficking. She has more than 1,000 hours in training in the field of human trafficking and has assisted on numerous human trafficking cases, search warrants, and legislation changes to combat human trafficking. Our National Trainers have amassed thousands of hours of experience in the areas of sex trafficking identification and response, the Nordic model, court diversion programs, criminal justice prosecution, advocacy and survivor support for victims and families, effective investigative practices and strategies (including successful case development), electronic evidence collection and more. They are breathing fresh life into it to scale around the nation and the world.
Most of you who know me well know, the pillar most near and dear to my heart is Prevention. Because after running safe houses for over a decade, I realized how much has been stolen from the young women that finally make it there. The desire of my heart, and I believe the desire of God is to get ahead of it. Prevention is the answer to breaking the cycle. It's a generational issue. Childhood sexual abuse is the greatest secret in America. It is on a global scale as well. The program we've created through Speak Up has never been seen before. Train the Trainer program is literally rolling out around the country.
Thanks to our newest and most exciting collaboration, Operation Underground Railroad. We were able to take that hopefully to every state in the US, but also we are focused on our international launch beginning with Thailand, Uganda, and Ghana. Not to mention Romania through our partnership with Uncaged.
Reaching children, changing systems, and empowering adults to be able to see and hear children speak will change everything. The powerful ambassador that we have in Rachel Thomas with her Cool Aunt series is the perfect counterpart to what the school doesn't systematically touch. The Cool Aunt can reach every other individual and family with a message in a truly relatable way from the dynamic Rachel Thomas.
I feel blessed beyond measure and grateful for your support. I can't even imagine what we'll be able to report by next year.
Thank you, and God bless
Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good
From Our Board Chair
Eight years ago, I met and grew to appreciate an amazing person, Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good. Elizabeth exposed me to the gruesome reality of how American youth, and the youth from all nations, were trapped in a global enterprise wrapped in lies and trickery. Over time, my heart melted and I became committed to helping end this abomination.
I live in snow country, the mountains of western Colorado. Snow is a striking weather phenomenon that causes the world all-around to change. The alteration in the character of the landscape is radical when snowfall becomes deep. This winter Wolf Creek Pass, Colorado received 89 inches of snow in one night. Objects on the ground lost their identity and became unrecognizable. Some disappeared entirely in high snowdrifts. Life in this region transformed in hours.
The Foundation United exists to create ‘culture transformation.’ Like snow, we bring a new look to the global landscape. However, we are more than a snowstorm. We are in a blizzard. Let me explain. A blizzard occurs when snow falls in windy conditions. Today, the whole world is subject to high winds and is experiencing what we in Colorado term a ‘whiteout.’ A whiteout develops when intense wind blends with falling snow. Visibility is greatly reduced, almost eliminated. In fact, when this combination takes place, a person cannot easily distinguish the ground from the sky. Special goggles are needed to navigate.
Progress is an integral part of transformation and sight is essential. The Foundation United brings sight and forward movement to the ravaged world of sexual exploitation because we are not one entity. We are a consortium. We are a group of companies formed to undertake an enterprise greater than the resources of any one of us individually. TOGETHER we are miracle goggles. We bring each other sight.TOGETHER we can reach the entire world. TOGETHER, like snow, we influence life everywhere we go. Our three corporate pillars, Prevention, Protection, and Provision operate in unison to reveal the truth, protect the vulnerable and provide restoration to the broken. TOGETHER we form a transformation blizzard. We bring cover and create newness. We offer fresh life and health to everyone stolen and held captive by darkness. We shift global reality!
What about individual snowflakes in this set-the-captives-free storm? Many participants are needed. We must labor TOGETHER. Decide to become a part of our life-giving process. As we grow, we become a global change-the-world avalanche and an avalanche pulls down everything that stands in its way. Today we bring lasting change to thousands. Tomorrow it will be millions.
TOGETHER we are invincible!
Lynne Jubilee Cumming
The Lord says, “I have seen violence done to the helpless. I have heard the groans of the oppressed. I will rise up to rescue them.”
Board of Directors
Lynne Jubilee Cumming
Elizabeth Fisher Good
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Good Capital & Property Group LLC
The Wade Street Group at Morgan Stanley
Senior Vice President - Wealth Management, Financial Planning Specialist
City Manager Sarasota; Previous Deputy Chief of Police, Sarasota Police Department
Mary Lou Johnson
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman
State Attorney's Office
12th Judicial Circuit
CREATING A WORLD FREE FROM EXPLOITATION
The three Pillars of The Foundation United create a path to ending sex trafficking and exploitation by addressing it from all angles. This creates a movement with a global reach.
The Prevention Pillar provides school districts and families at home with prevention education and tools
The Protection Pillar trains first responders in the criminal justice and healthcare systems to recognize sex trafficking, aid survivors and prosecute predators
The Provision Pillar supports vetted safe-housing and restorative programs for adult and minor survivors domestically and globally.
A Ripple Affect Changing The World
Our methodology bases funding where it is most needed and does not support full-scale, ongoing operations, administration, and salaries. The goal of the Foundation is to teach others how to fish rather than create ongoing dependency. A benefit of the Foundation's structure allows many organizations to operate with shared resources. We create an atmosphere of collaboration, not of competition, between organizations. This provides for the most significant impact possible.
The beauty of the initiatives under the Foundation is that we have the ability to share resources. Some organizations have their own 501c3 while others have chosen to forego theirs. This allows all to unite and leverage resources to reduce back-office costs, such as marketing, development, accounting, and operations. This method means more money goes directly to our programs. Some of our Pillar partners are solely initiatives of the Foundation, such as the National Training Cadre and the S.P.E.A.K. UP "train-the-trainer" Prevention model.
We also provide grants to highly credible and vetted organizations on an annual basis on a smaller scale.
STUDENTS REACHED THROUGH prevention pillar
criminal justice agencies/orgs trained
medical professionals trained
educated through awareness program
provided to grantees and partnering programs since inception.
supporting funds have impacted lives and combatted sex trafficking throughout America and internationally.
The Foundation United understands the importance of evidence-based research, outcomes, and measurements. We are proud to continue locking arms with the following University Research Partnerships tied to our different Initiatives.
Prevention: Forge The Future
Empowering Entire School Systems to S.P.E.A.K. UP
We are passionate about preventing sex trafficking, exploitation, and abuse before it happens. S.P.E.A.K. Up (Student Prevention Education & Advocacy for Kids) is our turn-key, "train-the-trainer" model that provides school systems with a top-down approach ensuring all faculty and staff are educated on how to protect students and recognize the red flags. We are empowering students and adults to speak up against exploitation and abuse. Curricula for K-12th grade students, from our expert network partners across the country, are available so that every child knows the power of their voice and how to stay safe.
Upcoming trainings include schools in Chicago, North Carolina, Arizona, Connecticut and more.
Prevention training in 2021 included PACE Center for Girls and schools in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. PACE Center for Girls serves nearly 4,000 at-risk middle and high school girls and is dedicated to equipping each young life with this curriculum to help protect them from sex trafficing and exploitation.
What Are Educators and Youth Saying?
“It was good to learn about sex trafficking and sexual abuse because now I know how to stop it.”
“I was a victim of sexual abuse. I wish I got this training earlier.”
“This program gives us a framework and language to speak about things we simply did not know how to address. I have seen our students faced with online exploitation, sexual abuse, and even the sugar baby phenomena. Now we have the tools to discuss these dangerous topics with them.”
-PACE Center for Girls
“After our very first training, we had students come forward and we were able to help them get safe.”
-Cesar Roman, Counseling Coordinator
"Now I want to do what I can to help anyone who has been through this."
“The content is age appropriate. The students enjoyed the scenarios the training depicted and were engaged. For schools considering this program, I recommend it. It creates a way to discuss a taboo topic. We have to educate students on how to react should they ever find themselves a victim or a bystander to sexual abuse."
-Nigeria Seabury, Student Behavioral Specialist
Operation Underground Railroad is an international leader in the fight to end of sex trafficking all over the world. Through their network of connections domestically and internationally, we are able to work with our Global Ambassador, Jessica Mass, to expand the reach of our S.P.E.A.K. Up Prevention Program to a multitude of countries and states. By partnering with global leaders in this movement, we can get ahead of sex trafficking and equip students, school systems, and families (in the U.S. and the most remote countries), to recognize red flags, know the power of their voice, and take life-saving steps to aid innocent children.
Planning is underway for the first international countries to translate and implement S.P.E.A.K. Up:
The Cool Aunt Series, founded by our Global Ambassador, Rachel Thomas is more than an online course, it's an experience that can be done from the comfort of your home using any smart device. Using engaging and age-appropriate cinema, storytelling, lecture, and questions, the series walks teens through the STREAMS of Influence- - the 7 risk factors that lead to sex trafficking: Survival, Trafficker, Recruiter, Environment, Abuse, Media, Solicitation. After the series, teens have the opportunity to self-assess their risk factors and get 1-on-1 help if needed. The Cool Aunt Experience has been called "powerful", "amazing", "fun", and "life-saving" by teens, caregivers, and anti-trafficking experts. This series includes resources for parents and teens.
15 schools and agencies are using The Cool Aunt Series, including sites in:
California (20 out of 54 counties have signed up!)
"The first step in redefining this culture of silence is creating an environment where children feel comfortable speaking up, and men and women alike no longer have to bury the secrets of their past."
-Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good
Jessica Mass, Global Ambassador for The Foundation United, has had the privilege to work in non-profit assisting people in the US and over 20 countries, across six continents, to inspire and empower those who have faced some of life's greatest challenges for over 20 years. She has been an expert guest speaker for the United Nations, The Glenn Beck Show, Prager University, and many more media outlets.
Jessica double majored for her bachelor's degree in theology, and Education with an emphasis in counseling. She has a master's degree in Global Development and Justice. She also has been trained in NLP and is certified in the Teaching-Family Model. Jessica has a strong belief that there is always hope for everyone and sometimes it just takes one person pouring into another that will be forever life-changing. She’s worked at Operation Underground Railroad since 2015 and is the Vice President of Aftercare. She strongly believes in walking alongside others as they find hope, new perspectives, and vision for their future.
Rachel Thomas is a graduate of UCLA and a personal survivor of human trafficking. She has extensive experience teaching, training, curriculum writing, public speaking, and mentoring.
As director of Sowers Education Group and lead author of Ending The Game: An Intervention Curriculum for Survivors of Sex Trafficking, Rachel has helped millions to become more aware of human trafficking and has helped hundreds of survivors break the bonds of attachment to traffickers and the lifestyle of commercial sexual exploitation. Her program, The Cool Aunt Series provides families and teens with the tools they need to understand and prevent sex trafficking, from the comfort of their homes.
Rachel has also been appointed to the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.
Advocacy & Policy Change
Legislation To Save Lives
Great strides were taken in 2021 to protect children through our curriculum prevention bill. We had an opportunity to draft the language of this bill for the U.S. Congress entitled "The Human Trafficking and Exploitation Prevention Training Act of 2021." The Senate version of this bill is S. 2136 which is sponsored by Senator Murkowski (R) and Senator Smith (D). The House version of this bill is sponsored by Rep. Buchanan (R) and Rep. Wasserman-Schultz (D), (H.R.4989).
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) introduced the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2021 (H.R. 5150) (TVPA) on Capitol Hill, which will now include a mandate on sex trafficking prevention education for students K-12, providing funding for schools to institute our train-the-trainer model and curriculum to save young lives!
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Protection: Find The Survivor
Creating A Shield of Protection
Our Protection Pillar provides anti-human trafficking resources and training for healthcare professionals, law enforcement agencies, state attorneys offices, and judiciaries. We are creating a cultural shift through systemic change by implementing highly requested training in the Nordic Model, Dark Web, Unconscious Bias, and more. Our desire is that every survivor of this crime is treated with compassion, understanding and given the justice they deserve.
Our National Training Cadre, led by Global Ambassador Kindsey Pentecost, was created to bring the best-of-the-best training and resources to the frontlines of the Criminal Justice System. There has been a significant uptick in requests for human trafficking specifically training and we are witnessing a major shift in perspective on this issue.
90% of officers trained say that they now have a strong knowledge of sex trafficking.
90% of officers trained say that they understand the demand side of sex trafficking.
82% of officers trained say that they now understand the tactics used by traffickers.
156 agencies and organizations have been trained around the U.S. including:
Thanks to our connections with Staci Yates, Director of Human Trafficking Recovery Services in Alaska and key leader in the Governor's Human Trafficking Task Force, our team was connected to ASHTA (Alaska Stop Human Trafficking Alliance). After presenting to ASHTA, they were hungry for law enforcement training on this issue. Our NTC is now planning trainings for THREE AGENCIES IN ALASKA!
Global Strategic Operatives, founded by Global Ambassador Deborah O'Hara Rusckowski, is a training arm devoted to equipping the medical community on how to identify the signs and symptoms of sex trafficking. Through a policy and system-wide approach, GSO provides training led by survivors and expert clinicians, beginning with the highest levels in the organization. This training arm creates an entirely new layer of protection for victims of this crime.
U.S. Training Sites:
Advocate Aurora Health
Hackensack Meridian Health
Baylor Harris Health
RWJ Barnabas Health
International Training Sites:
GSO has completed training in UN Research Pilot Study! Research results are being published and policies are now being created and synthesized down to one “universal” policy on Human Trafficking for Healthcare Providers. This has never existed before! This will be submitted to the World Health Organization in September 2022 to be implemented worldwide, with a meeting to be held during General Assembly at the UN.
Over 500,000 medical professionals have been trained around the world!
What Are Trainees Saying?
"I will definitely be using what I learned here in my cases going forward."
"This was an important class. I learned so much that I didn't know beforehand."
I could not think of a better cause to support and engage my staff as we work to better identify and care for potential human trafficking victims.”
"I will be sharing all that I learned with my department and highly recommend this training to all law enforcement."
“Wow! This was very eye-opening. I am profoundly impacted by the moving information that was shared."
Very well organized and the instructions had first hand knowledge of all the information provided. Excellent training. Taught me a lot. Loved the portion on the dark web!"
For over ten years she has served those who are at high risk of being exploited, have been exploited, and/or sex trafficked. She has an M.A. from Grand Valley University in Criminal Justice and has been published in the Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice with the article Explaining the Fear of Crime Among College Women. She is also the co-founder of one of the nation's first prostitution court diversion programs. Kindsey has a diverse background working in both non-profit and the business world. She is certified with the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute for Human Trafficking and has partnered with the local law enforcement to be the first point of contact for women identified as sex trafficking victims or at high risk to be recruited into sex trafficking. Kindsey has years of experience training law enforcement on the issue of domestic sex trafficking and has served on the leadership team of the Circuit 12 Coalition Against Human Trafficking. She has more than 1,000 hours of training in the field of human trafficking and has assisted on numerous human trafficking cases, search warrants, and legislation changes to combat human trafficking.
Deb is a critical care nurse by training with a BSN, MBA, and a Master’s in Theology with a concentration in bioethics. After working in healthcare and the private sector for 30+ years, she now concentrates in public, non-profit organizations, and philanthropy. She desires to combine her passion for healthcare, business skills and faith. She currently is a Delegate for the Order of Malta’s Mission at the United Nations, focused on human trafficking and the global refugee crisis. She recently co-founded Global Strategic Operatives for the Eradication of Human Trafficking. She provides educational and training presentations to healthcare providers, airline personnel, government employees, corporations and universities on human trafficking.
She works closely with Homeland Security and law enforcement. She supports an anti-human trafficking educational exhibit in Haiti which rotates regularly around the country. Deb founded Nurses With Global Impact, Inc. in 2016 as a resource for nurses and to recognize those doing extraordinary work and making a global impact in healthcare.
She is now launching domestic safe homes throughout the country in former Catholic convents and rectories to meet the growing needs of survivors.
Provision: Free The Heart
A Safe Place To Restore Domestically and Internationally
At The Foundation United, we are very selective in the partnerships we highlight and work with to scale. With over a decade of experience in building best practices and high-level outcomes in safe housing, we realize there is not one size fits all solution. A great deal of criteria goes into our selection process. While "in the life," victims can be sold 15-40 times every 24 hours. They have been in survival mode for years and do not realize that freedom is possible. They are worthy of so much more! That is why our Provision Pillar is dedicated to funding a new beginning for survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation around the world.
In 2021 our focus was on Uncaged internationally and a new model led by Catholic Sisters domestically.
We are excited to continue to unite and focus on different safe-housing solutions for adults and children domestically and internationally.
Uncaged, founded by our Global Ambassador, Kim Westfall, is based in the European epicenter of sex trafficking, Romania and Moldova. Uncaged partners with local organizations, leaders, and government agencies across Eastern Europe to create national intervention and prevention plans to stop traffickers before they strike. They are also providing training to identify victims and bring them to safety. Finally, their "healing villages" are being built where survivors go to recover and restore. Without these crucial Sanctuaries, 80% of survivors will be trafficked again.
In 2021, over 1,000 lives were impacted by the Uncaged Team through rescue operations, survivor support services, partnerships established with networking organizations in Europe, and individuals trained.
Collaboration at work: Uncaged has partnered with GSO to train healthcare systems in Romania and Moldova, where 78% of survivors in Europe are from. They are also translating our S.P.E.A.K. Up Prevention Curriculum into Romanian to save even more precious young lives!
New Models of Safe Housing Identified
In 2021, our Global Ambassador Deb O'Hara Rusckowski brought to our attention a new safe housing model which she endorses and we’ve been learning more about in 2021. Deb is the founder of GSO, which has been a leader in training healthcare systems to recognize and respond to victims of sex trafficking. With so many young lives being identified, the need for domestic safe housing has been magnified more than ever.
Metanoia Manor is now launching safe homes throughout the United States in repurposed former Catholic convents and rectories. In addition to a Program Director/Administrator, all safe homes will have a small group of highly trained Sisters to be a loving, nurturing presence within the home, something survivors desperately need. Their unique approach incorporating Sisters as leaders in each safe-home, and will significantly reduce staff turnover, which is often heightened in this field.
Over 20 sisters have been trained to receive and work with this population and will begin welcoming survivors in their program in the near future. We look forward to supporting this and other new pathways of domestic and international safe housing and restorative care for survivors in the future.
Kim Westfall is the Founder and CEO of Uncaged. She is an entrepreneurial leader with nearly 30 years of experience leading and scaling successful for-profit and non-profit organizations. From 2006 to 2016, she served as Executive Vice President of Client Services and Consulting for Westfall Gold, a major-donor fundraising consultancy that has helped to lead faith-based organizations to raise more than $1 billion (USD) to fuel transformation worldwide. Kim served as U.S. Executive Director of Watoto Child Care Ministries, an organization that provides holistic care to vulnerable women and children in purpose-built village settings across Africa. In 2018, after being haunted by a vision of ‘children in cages,’ Kim launched Uncaged.
Awareness and Education
Our awareness and education program is a component that is instrumental to all of our Pillars. A major tenent of our comprehensive programming is to continually educate and open blind eyes, empowering them to know the red flags to look out for and how to take action to prevent and address sex trafficking and exploitation.
Over 1.3 million were educated in 2021!
Support and Resources for Trauma Survivors
Thanks to a broad network of experts in many facets of the trauma-restoration field, we have been able to provide support and resources for survivors of trauma. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide these services to men and women and have seen life-changing results after just one session. Survivors of trauma are getting to the root of their issues and being equipped with tools for how to move forward in a healthy way,
In 2021 we provided support and resources for XX trauma survivors.
"Though the waters are deep,
they will not overcome you."
Our Vision For 2022 And Beyond
Freedom, Hope, And Restoration Are On The Horizon
The waters are treacherous in the fight to end sex trafficking, but our mission is from the One who calms the seas. Throughout 2021 we laid an unshakable foundation... now it is time to build upon it! Our Global Ambassadors are strategically positioned to collaboratively expand and provide their programs and areas of expertise wherever there is a gap or need. This first-of-its-kind collaborative approach has already proven extremely successful in growing the impact and outcomes within each of our Pillars: Prevention, Protection and Provision.
In 2022 our teams are already successfully working toward goals that will bring us one step closer to exponentially eradicating sex trafficking and exploitation domestically and internationally, including:
Translating S.P.E.A.K. Up to reach children and educators in counties throughout Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as translating it to reach students in the U.S. whose first language is Spanish and Portuguese.
Bringing The Cool Aunt Series to DCFS agencies
Partnering with foster-care alternative organizations to reach highly at-risk youth
Establishing international Junior Advisory Boards in multiple countries to engage youth and young adults in the anti-sex trafficking movement
Addressing the "demand" side of sex trafficking by educating and empowering men to be a part of the solution. Over 90% of buyers and sellers of sex are men. Engaging men to combat this crime helps us get ahead of it and eradicate it forever.
Expanding trainings within the Criminal Justice System leading to the Nordic Model being embraced by law enforcement nationally as the go-to standard approach to combating sex trafficking
Continuing to invest in frontline workers and task forces
Continuing to support the best practiced, cost-effective safe housing models internationally and domestically for adults and minors
This area of focus gives us the freedom to sow into vetted organizations/programs who are doing exceptional work and invest into the greatest areas of need, in addition to new or expanding programs
A wave of awareness has risen.
Behind it lies an ocean of action for freedom.
2021 Financial Snapshot
The Foundation United's Unique and Cost-Effective Collaborative Approach
The Foundation United operates as a unique, cost-effective, collaborative network. Our three Pillars (Prevention, Protection and Provision) encompass our work domestically and internationally to combat sex trafficking and sexual abuse, while our grantee organizations are able to benefit from the support of our organization.
Programs supported in 2021:
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DESCRIPTION UNDER EACH PROGRAM
Strategic Partnership Programming:
Grantees and Beneficiaries
The Foundation United funds our own programs and supports organizations in the anti-sex trafficking movement through grants and directed funds. In addition to locking arms with our Global Ambassadors and leading our own initiatives, this is how we bring freedom to countless lives affected by this crime around the world.
TOTAL PROVIDED SINCE INCEPTION:
Over $1.3 MILLION
Through your generosity, The Foundation United has directed funds to these and other impactful organizations:
Sharing Resources, Increasing Efficiency
The Foundation United in unique in our approach to collaboration. One component of this includes the sharing of resources throughout our programs, initiatives and partnerships. By sharing resources, we are able to keep administrative costs down and focus on the programs at the heart of our mission. In 2021, some of our shared resources included:
Translation of materials
PR and marketing
Website and graphic design
"The Foundation United understands that we are better together, and they effectively ignite the work of others all around the world. By strategically partnering with other organizations, their influence is multiplied and expanded beyond what they can accomplish alone."
-Anne Basham, Ascend Consulting
The Foundation United Stands Together, To End Sex Trafficking
In Our Lifetime