Damascus Road is a 100% trained volunteer run 501(c)3 non-profit organization. No one draws a wage, so 100% of funds donated directly serve our local communities. We have over 14 years of collective experience working with human trafficking in Wisconsin, Las Vegas, and across the U.S., as well as abroad. We assist victims, conduct training, raise awareness, partner with law enforcement, and perform outreaches. Damascus Road has participated in hotel outreach efforts at six Super Bowls. We have worked alongside a national missing children’s organization, other anti-trafficking NGO’s, and local law enforcement, resulting in recoveries each year.
Damascus Road implemented a pilot jail outreach program in the Winnebago County Jail. With the support of jail administration, we have placed identifying posters in the PODS that encourage inmates who have been trafficked to reach out to us for help and support. With the success of this program, we expanded, and are also serving women at the Outagamie and Waupaca County Jails, Taycheeda Correctional, and at three local residential AODA programs. We meet with these women regularly. Damascus Road provides them with uplifting reading materials, support, love and encouragement while they are incarcerated. When a woman is released, we continue to walk alongside them in the community. When it is appropriate we fund their transportation to long-term restorative care programs. We also offer faith based support opportunities and mentorship. Each woman who needs one is given an "Exodus Bag" filled with necessities such as toiletries and clothing. We treat them to dinner with our staff, and provide them with a personalized homemade blanket to wrap them in comfort and love.
They touch our lives as much as we try to touch theirs!
Each girl that we work with receives an Exodus Bag containing things that she needs to start over.
* Yoga Pants / Leggings
* T-Shirt / Sweatshirt
* Socks / Sports Bra / Underwear
* Flip-flops / Shoes / Gloves / Hat
* Shampoo / Conditioner
* Soap / Lotion / Deodorant
* Tooth Brush / Paste / Mouthwash
* Hair Brush / Comb / Hair bands
* Feminine Hygiene Items
....And A Little Extra
We also include a bible, a personal journal, an encouraging book or two, bottled water, nutrition bars and a hand written note filled with love and encouragement.
....All Wrapped In Love
Finally, each girl receives a hand tied fleece blanket that was specially crafted with her in mind. We want our girls to know that they are loved.
Finding Hope in a Hotel
We approach hotels with educational awareness materials in order to help locate missing children. Staff can then create a connection between missing children and human trafficking. We educate hotel staff on how to spot and report human trafficking, and set up future training for all hotel staff. Our hope is to establish potential on-going relationships/outreach projects with hotels resulting in tips and/or the recovery of missing children and/or victims of human trafficking.
We have also led or assisted in hotel outreaches in Las Vegas, NV, Kansas City, MO, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Plymouth, Sheboygan and Wausau WI. It is very encouraging to have new communities wanting to help raise awareness.
Hotel outreach is an easy way for volunteers at any level of experience to get involved and it’s effective. After being educated about human trafficking, many hotels provide tips which aid in collecting evidence for cases and eventual recoveries.
In addition to the hotel/motel outreach, Damascus Road offers trainings to:
Gas Stations/Convenience Stores
Boys & Girls Clubs
Prison and Jail Employees
For more information on training and presentations please contact us.
We believe that educating our community members is one of the best forms of trafficking prevention. Damascus Road offers presentations in High Schools, Colleges & Tech Schools where we arm our youth with the information they need to identify potential traffickers, as well as potential victims. In addition, we train law enforcement, professionals, community organizations, church groups and mental health professionals. Please message us if you are interested in a training for your group or organization.