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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  provides sexual prevention training, awareness/youth education and outreach to bring an end to local South Florida human trafficking.

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Interested in volunteering or learning more? Please message us at info@rescueupstream.com

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Human Trafficking – The Facts

 

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

Global

 

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
81%
25% Are Children
25%
75% Are Girls And Women
75%

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 year.

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

 

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 survivors in 2018

14,749
Sex Trafficking

5,577
Labor Trafficking

1,388
Sex and Labor Trafficking

1,364
Not Specified

“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:

 

1-888-373-7888

 

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

 

Let’s change the statistic!