Our Story

Rescue Upstream is a volunteer faith based nonprofit organization.  We launched in 2013 as a ministry of Journey Church.  Burdened by the knowledge that many people were unaware of the root causes driving human trafficking our Founder, Tanya Meade, focused on the “Upstream” prevention and awareness education.  Soon after, we expanded to outreach to those living in exploitation and more recently have begun working with the local community to develop resources for victims and those living in exploitation. In 2020 Rescue Upstream became an independent nonprofit and continues to partner with other organizations to end human trafficking.

Vision Statement 

Through the Gospel message and in collaboration with other organizations, we seek to eradicate human trafficking and the root causes that fuel this human injustice.

Mission Statement

Rescue Upstream serves Palm Beach County providing child sexual abuse prevention training, community awareness education and direct outreach to those living in sexual exploitation. We target reducing human trafficking vulnerabilities and increasing the recovery of those living in modern day slavery.

Human Trafficking – The Facts


The following represents estimates from leading anti human trafficking organizations and labor analysts.  It is estimated that only 1% of all cases of human trafficking are reported.



Human Trafficking is a global human rights issue.

Human Trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to gain labor, services or commercial sex against a person’s will.

International Labour Organization estimates 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally with over $150 Million revenue.

81% Are Trapped in Forced Labor
25% Are Children
75% Are Girls And Women

United States


Polaris Project, the organization that manages the national human trafficking hotline number, reports that more that 49,000 total cases of human trafficking have been reported in the Unites Sates over the past 10 years.

Human Trafficking has been reported in all 50 states and D.C.

The majority of human trafficking victims in the United States are US Residents.



Florida is third in the nation for reported cases of human trafficking.

Palm Beach County is ranked third in the state for suspected cases.

Polaris Project has identified the following numbers of human trafficking victims and survivors in 2021 (Remember, only 1% are rescued)

Total Cases

Number Of Victims


Labor Trafficking

Sex & Labor

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” ~ Psalm 147:3

Everyone can have a role in impacting human trafficking.


It simply starts with reporting suspicious activity to the National Human Trafficking Hotline:




Their team of experts will then connect with local organizations who can investigate further.  Remember- Only 1% are Rescued.


Let’s change the statistic!