Operation24 is of one our main objectives for academic year 2018/2019
5 investigators trained & equipped
out of 24
286 rescues & arrests
out of 240
721 locations investigated
out of 2,400
18,332 hours of investigation
out of 24,000
Last update - January 2019
Operation24 is a two-year project launched by the 24 Hour Race to deliver a global blow to human trafficking.
Over the academic years 2017/18 & 2018/19, Operation24 is one of our main fundraising projects which will remove over 240 people, both victims and traffickers, from the human trafficking world in Thailand and other cities across Asia. The program will also support over 24,000 hours of investigation at 2,400 locations across the globe and train 24 national and local law enforcement officers who will rescue survivors and arrest traffickers.
This project needs USD 100k from start to completion in order to be successful. As of today we have successfully raised USD 50k and we will complete Operation24 through our races in 2018/19.
Why this? Why now?
Since our beginning in 2010, thousands of students from hundreds of schools across Asia take part in what is now Asia’s largest student-led youth movement fighting modern-day slavery. We have seen growth in participation, funds raised, and races.
However, we are not technical experts at addressing slavery on the grass-roots level. We leave this to smarter people who have committed their lives to addressing the plight of slavery.
Two years ago, we started working with The Exodus Road, which is a Colorado-based nonprofit that fights human trafficking by partnering with local law enforcement to find and free slaves. They are experts. They use advanced technology and trained operatives on the ground to locate victims and traffickers, and conduct raids with local police. Their social workers walk with survivors as they take their first steps into freedom. To date, the Exodus Road has more than 1022 rescues and aided the arrests of over 455 traffickers.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the 24 Hour Race in the fight against human trafficking. Young people are the chief demographic affected by trafficking, so a student-led movement against slavery is exactly what we need. We can’t wait to see what Operation 24 will accomplish for freedom.”
— Laura Parker, Co-founder and VP of Communications, The Exodus Road.
We have the energy and thirst for justice, and with our technical partners, such as The Exodus Road, to maximize the positive change we can make to the lives of those who suffer in slavery.
We have partnered with some amazing charities since 2010. Check out some of past projects with our charitable partners.
Justice Centre is a Hong Kong-based charity that provides free, independent high-quality legal information to all people going through the Unified Screening Mechanism, in their own language, where possible. They aim to provide life-changing services to refugee men, women, and children. They campaign for fairer legislation and policies, produce reports and policy papers, conduct research and work with schools, universities and the media to fight root causes and change systems and minds.
Chab Dai Coalition
The 24 Hour Race helps finance programs through 49 Cambodian NGOs by supporting Chab Dai Collection’s work with anti-slavery organisations. Chab Dai Collection develops best practises, connecting programs and providing much needed support to under-resourced NGOs. Some of their programs include prevention, protection, intervention, aftercare, reintegration, vocational training, employment provision for victims of slavery.
Banning Slavery in Nepal
In 2012, the 24 Hour Race raised enough funds to help ban the trafficking of children from Nepal to India, especially with the circus industry.
Right4Children focuses on the prevention and long term change aspect of battling human trafficking. They do this through various projects ranging from hotel training programs to earthquake rebuilding. They focus on helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, which includes former trafficking victims. Right4Children acknowledges the ease in which rescued trafficking victims tends to go back to traffickers as they face many hardships during their reintegration into society - they have most likely missed many crucial years of education making it hard for them to find jobs, and they also have to face social stigma.
Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation
Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation is an Australian charity in Vietnam founded in 2003 when two friends offered English lessons to street kids. Since then, Blue Dragon has expanded into an organization of 67 loyal staff, helping to support over 1,500 children throughout Vietnam every year.
H.O.M.E, founded in 2004, is a registered charity and society that works closely with the Ministry of Manpower, Immigration authorities, and the various foreign embassies to ensure the wellbeing of workers. ‘To build a culture of welcome where no man, woman or child is a stranger; we are family’, their vision clearly states that their goal is to create an inclusive society which upholds the principles of equality and non-discrimination
SUKA Society is a small but growing organization, one that has already inspired our student network in Kuala Lumpur through its educational and awareness programming. This year 24 Hour Race will support the operations of SUKA’s transitional shelter for victims of trafficking to Malaysia, a destination country for domestic workers, bonded labor, and the sex trade. SUKA’s shelter is designated primarily for children, so often exploited in these circumstances. This is a key resource in the government’s effort to address the human trafficking situation. SUKA’s programming at the shelters place an emphasis on vocational skill-set development, so that victims not only have a productive pipeline back into society, but are able to generate income while in the transitory shelter.
Hope Be Restored
Hope Be Restored stands for “Helping the Oppressed and Prisoners of injustice Escape and Be Restored”. Hope Be Restored seeks to bring freedom for the oppressed and restoration to lives that have been effected by human trafficking in Korea and around the world. HOPE began in January of 2011 and serving the community in Seoul by providing direct services to victims of sex-trafficking.