What We Do

Damascus Road Project, Inc. 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 20 years of collective experience working with human trafficking in Wisconsin, Las Vegas, and across the U.S., as well as abroad.  We assist victims, advocate for survivors,  conduct training, raise awareness,  partner with law enforcement, and perform outreaches.   Damascus Road Project, Inc. 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. 

Jail Outreach

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, Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center and at several 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 her 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, hygiene items 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!

Exodus Bags

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Necessities....

Each girl that we work with receives an Exodus Bag containing things that she needs to start over.  

Shampoo & Conditioner

Body Wash

Deodorant 

Body lotion   

Small package of tissues                                

Toothbrush & Toothpaste                                                                 

Brush/Comb

Chap stick/Lip gloss

Sanitary Napkins/Tampons

Pregnancy tests

Socks

Sports bras, all sizes

Razors & Shaving Cream

Q-tips

Cotton balls

Hand Sanitizer

Hair Ties

Make-up remover wipes 

Pens

Adult Coloring Book & Colored Pencils

Small bottle of laundry detergent  

 

Packaged Snacks such as:

Pretzels (we usually buy the full size bags at the dollar store) 

Combos

Cheez It Crackers (individual small bags)

Cheese dip and crackers/breadsticks (we usually find these at the dollar store)

Granola Bars

Protein Bars 

Cereal Bars 

Trail mix


Boxes of individually wrapped:

Krispies Treats 

Animal Crackers

Cans of Pringle’s

Carmel Corn

Small containers of mini Oreos or mini Chips Ahoy cookies (we get these at the dollar store as well) 

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....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.

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....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.

Hospitality Outreach

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.     

Training Opportunities

In addition to the hotel/motel outreach, Damascus Road offers trainings to:

  • Gas Stations/Convenience Stores
  • Limousine Companies
  • Taxi Services
  • High Schools
  • Technical Colleges
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Churches
  • Youth Groups
  • Law Enforcement
  • Social Workers
  • Foster Parents
  • TSA Agents
  • Prison and Jail Employees
  • Civics Organizations
  • Women’s Groups

For more information on training and presentations please contact us. 

Education

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.