Atlas Free

Putting sexual exploitation out of business since 2012.

aka Rescue:Freedom International   |   Kirkland, WA   |  www.atlasfree.org

Mission

Atlas Free (formerly Rescue:Freedom International) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to accelerate and resource the fight against sex trafficking and exploitation.

Notes from the nonprofit

For our network, we have an in-depth application process that includes a survivor review of the organization we are looking to add. We feel this is important in the listening process and adds value to network we are hoping to build.

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

Jeremy Vallerand

Main address

PO Box 77

Kirkland, WA 98083 USA

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Formerly known as

Rescue:Freedom International

EIN

16-1773392

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Victims' Services (P62)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Atlas Free is on a mission to end slavery around the world. Through our Local Partners, we rescue and restore women and children who are suffering in sexual slavery. We believe that with your help, we can stop the cycle of exploitation and create freedom for all.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Networked Strategy with Local Partners

Atlas Free is a holistic strategy, not a singular program. We currently have 183 prevention, education, and restoration programs working together across over 20 countries and alongside over 40 Local Partners.

Every year, millions of people are trafficked for sex around the world, and a majority of these victims are women and girls [International Labour Organization].

While sex trafficking might seem invisible to some, every community is impacted by it; no group of people is immune to it. The reality is, human trafficking is one of the largest and fastest-growing criminal enterprises in the world.

At Atlas Free, we believe there will be a day when everyone is free--and we know what it takes to get us there. Working with these local experts, we have identified 11 key issues that need to be addressed for freedom to be a reality for all. We have built out programmatic efforts around these strategies.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Awareness: Making everyday people aware of the reality of sex trafficking. Turning apathy into passion, activists into abolitionists.

Policy: Making sex trafficking illegal. We need legislation in every nation that condemns the trafficking and exploitation of human life.

Law Enforcement: Enforcing laws that already exist. Protecting victims, prosecuting perpetrators, addressing corruption, and ensuring justice.

Culture: Addressing the ways exploitation is normalized in our everyday lives. Our words and the way we see the world shapes the way we treat others.

Prevention: Building resiliency and decreasing vulnerability. Addressing the forces that cause exploitation and trafficking. Forces like poverty, lack of education, and gender-based violence.

Education & Research: Sex trafficking is a complex issue, but knowledge moves us to a clear, effective, active response.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Demand: Sex buyers fuel the illegal sex trade. Without buyers, there would be no business.

Outreach: Individuals trapped in exploitation are often stigmatized and ignored. Outreach involves building relationships and programs to help those who have been exploited find pathways to freedom.

Rescue & Intervention: Helping a victim of sex trafficking escape or transition from exploitation to freedom.

Victim Services & Aftercare: Recovery, renewal, and revival of the human spirit through physical, psychological, and spiritual care. Helping victims become survivors.

Survivor Empowerment: Equipping survivors to pursue their goals and achieve a different future.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of independent organizations served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We partner directly with organizations who demonstrate programmatic effectiveness expert level understanding of sexual exploitation by funding operations, staffing, training, and specific projects.

Number of programs documented

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Combatting slavery and exploitation requires robust and diverse programs and approaches. We document, track, and support programs ranging from prevention of exploitation to empowerment of survivors.

Number of staff in global network

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Funding the operations of our global network directly impacts our partners' organizational capacity through staffing.

Number of countries represented in network

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Slavery and exploitation is a global issue. Our growing network is combatting this issue in their own countries and through collaboration of our global network.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Giving freedom, hope, and a future to people who need it most. Stopping a criminal commercial industry that robs people of life. Providing opportunity to people who want to take action. Putting resources in the hands of people who provide life-changing care. Giving brilliant business minds the chance to use their skills for more than just profit.

We take what people are best at and fit those pieces together to create a global system that combats sexual slavery. By creating connections between passionate fundraisers, expert business minds, and knowledgeable and caring program staff, we can intervene powerfully in the lives of trafficking victims.

● We rescue women and children from a life of sexual slavery and help restore them to a life of freedom, independence, and hope by providing for their physical and emotional needs.
● We prevent slavery by addressing key root causes like poverty and social issues. Through outreach, education, vocational training, and awareness programs we help protect vulnerable people in communities where trafficking is occurring.
● We disrupt the demand for sexual exploitation by providing action opportunities and education to empower our global network of abolitionists.
● We are fighting slavery around the world through the most effective means possible—our Local Partners. Our Local Partners share our vision for a world without slavery and bring a unique understanding of their own cultures and their communities' challenges. By equipping them with trauma care trainings, resources, and support, they are the hands and feet of our organization. They work tirelessly to prevent the spread of slavery and care for those who have been harmed in its wake.
● We are educating churches and government officials and challenging them to become involved in the issue. We are changing conversations and laws. We are disrupting the demand for sexual slaves by reaching out to potential sex buyers. We are transforming everyday people into abolitionists by equipping them with opportunities to take action.

Our goal is to maintain 85% of all funding to go to program costs.

We believe that giving to our mission should not only change the lives of those we serve but that it should be transformational for our donors as well. We regularly hear fantastic stories from our donors who invest in this effort of how life-changing it has been to be a part of changing the lives of those who have been exploited through sex trafficking.

We have engaged in a prevention effort to highlight the connection between online pornography and sex trafficking. We want to help deal with this issue from start to finish and that will involve bringing awareness that at least one in five online pornographic images is of a sex trafficking victim and that those who are viewing pornography are funding the trafficking of humans.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Through our Local Partner network we serve victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation with the goal of offering a variety of services that allow for rescue, restoration and aftercare. We also recognize the need for prevention efforts for those who are at a high risk of trafficking. Reducing vulnerability and increasing opportunities for educaiton are crucial elements in our network.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Within the last year we added 14 partner organizations to our network after realizing the need for greater services in the US. Our desire is to be a network that finds best practices all around the globe. Historically we have been an organization that operated exclusively outside of the US. Realizing the need to expand domestically was a direct result of interacting with projects globally and with survivor networks in the US.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We see a high value in seeking to empower others in the process of restoration. Our network emphasizes trauma informed care for staff which translates into extensive services on behalf of survivors of trafficking and exploitation. We believe that sharing feedback with a survivor needs to be timely and intentional if/when it happens.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Atlas Free

Board of directors
as of 07/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Betsy Miller

Nancy Richardson

OtterCares Foundation

Derek Green

Hobby Lobby

Jeremy Vallerand

Atlas Free

Mick Kicklighter

US Army Retired

Peter McGowan

PlainJoe Studios

Rebecca Hixon

N2 Publishing

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/25/2022

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