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SLAVERY DID NOT END WITH LINCOLN…
Former CIA and Homeland Security Agent Rescues Child Sex Slaves in Remarkable Undercover Documentary Footage…
THE ABOLITIONISTS Partners with
Fathom for May 16th Event
GUEST IS STAR OF THE FILM: Tim Ballard, is the star of THE ABOLITIONISTS, and founder of the organization Operation Underground Railroad.
Gerald Molen, Academy Award-winning producer of Schindler’s List, brings the fight against child sex-trafficking to the big screen with the release of the documentary THE ABOLITIONISTS, in partnership with Fathom Events for a one-night event in select movie theaters on May 16th. Featuring former CIA and Homeland Security operative Tim Ballard, the documentary contains undercover footage from rescue operations conducted around the world.
Human trafficking has become the world’s fastest growing crime, with over 27 million people enslaved–nearly 2 million of them children. THE ABOLITIONISTS takes viewers behind the scenes as Ballard and his team of highly trained operatives risk their own lives to free innocent children from captivity.
On December 10th, 2013, Special Agent Tim Ballard turned in his Homeland Security badge and resigned from his employment with the United States government after spending a decade rescuing children from child sex tourism domestically and overseas. Though his job was difficult, he was proud that his country was one of very few in the world actually doing anything about this problem.
However, despite the U.S. government’s best efforts, Tim observed that red tape and bureaucracy left many children falling through the cracks. These children constitute over 90% of the children lost to child sex slavery, and Tim could do nothing to help them while in the employment of the US government.
Now the Founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), Ballard and his team investigate and rescue enslaved children from around the world, while undercover film crews posing as traffickers record each of these dangerous rescue operations.
Utilizing hidden cameras and surveillance equipment, directors Darrin Fletcher and Chet Thomas capture every moment of freedom fighters triumphing over evil that will leave viewers inspired to join in the fight of THE ABOLITIONISTS.
BIO: Timothy Ballard is the Founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.). He also serves as O.U.R.’s Jump Team Commander for rescue operations. Ballard began his career at the CIA where he dealt with terrorism and Latin America. He spent over a decade working as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security where he was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and deployed as an undercover operative for the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team.
Tim has worked every type of case imaginable in the fight to dismantle child trafficking rings. Ballard has worked undercover in the U.S. and in multiple foreign countries to infiltrate child trafficking organizations. In this effort he has successfully dismantled dozens of these organizations and rescued countless children from sex slavery. He is an expert at managing Internet investigations, particularly those dealing with file-share networks where pedophiles and traffickers go to trade in child pornography. He has trained hundreds of law enforcement officers at home and abroad in best practices to liberate children from sex slavery.