May ’11 Shield Team Update

This is a copy of a letter sent to a Shield Team inquiry

Greetings,

I hope you will forgive the delay but for most Shield Team enquiries we let you sit on things for a little to let you sort out your commitment. Now, I would ask you to pray about it for a solid week before making any final decisions. The Defender Foundation is made up in two parts, our Public Chapter side and our Shield Teams.  We are about Active Activism and Doing more than donating. We so many people trying to fight trafficking with no real focus or intent. They just know they do not like trafficking and sometimes become awareness machines or social clubs to fight human trafficking. I am not saying awareness is not needed, because it obviously is as so many people remain clueless about the subject, but there has to be that next step, where when they ask what they can do about it, there has to be more than just telling them, “Well you can give me money, and we will tell more people.” (more…)

Feb. ’11 Shield Team Update

Greetings,

I know that you can see it has been a while since I have written an update letter. In part, this is because it has been a very busy time for The Defender Foundation as a whole, and yes, for The Defender Foundation Shield Teams. Last year we did two trips to the Dominican Republic and this has had a major impact in how the Shield Teams do their mission and on policy and procedure. So far to date, every rescue that we have been involved in has been with other worthy organizations. There has been no rescue operations where we were the only organization involved. And to my way of thinking, if every rescue we ever did, involved other organizations, then I am sure the victim is the one that benefits the best from it. Of course yes, many of our investigation operations were only Defender personnel but these were turned over to appropriate agencies as well. (more…)

July ’11 Shield Team Update

Greetings,

July has been an interesting month in that we are at the halfway mark for this year and operations are picking up steam. We have purchased the advertising in FloridaRUS magazine and newspaper, hoping to expand our reach to potential victims and people that might be able to help. We also did more on the prevention front by having a class and presentation for about a hundred young people from 13-16 from Russian/Slavic families from all over the U.S. They are in the age range that really need to know what is going on. We also gained steam with a lot more volunteers and now we are planning our different committee meetings with them. Some of the committees will be aimed at awareness and prevention while others will be aimed at things that will help support the victims. (more…)

June ’11 Shield Team Update

Greetings,

June has been a pivotal month for the Shield Teams. There are certain things behind the scenes that were developed and set in motion that will decide how, when and where we will operate in the immediate future. We have also firmed up some of our Law Enforcement relationships which I think will be crucial in our goal of every rescue resulting in a prosecution. Subsequent to one conversation with DHS/ICE, it was decided that we will modify our victim notification from when we physically get the victim, to when we are initially notified in the case of a Foreign Victim. (more…)

May ’11 Shield Team Update

Greetings,

May has been another month of progress for the Shield Teams. Much of it has been behind the scenes as far as the Teams are concerned but we have been seeking to firm up some of our law enforcement connections and emplace the protocols for our future investigations. It is our goal to be able to give the applicable agency a thorough comprehensive report, combining all aspects of the investigation, to include electronic, human intelligence, surveillance and other intelligence without sanitization, in a comprehensive connect the dots format. Wow, that may sound complicated but having a comprehensive report will be critical in passing on needed information in a timely fashion. (more…)