The work we do is informed and motivated by a deep faith in Jesus and a commitment to His teachings.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:16-18
We believe that all people are created in the image of God with inherent value. They are worthy of love and our best efforts to affirm that value. Our programs serve all people, from all backgrounds, without discrimination of any kind.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
We advocate for the vulnerable and exploited because we believe there is hope for a restored life and a better future.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free” – Jesus, Luke 4:18
Our global team is made up of over 400 people. They are a part of what we call our Local Partner Network. The partners in our network play a crucial role in preventing sexual slavery from occurring and fighting slavery on a community level. Together, we work side by side as abolitionists fighting for freedom.
Not pictured: Directors with confidentiality restrictions due to safety concerns and/or no available headshot.
Board of Directors
Rebecca Hixon currently serves as the Director of N2GIVES, a division of The N2 Company, that exists to support non-profits that fight sexual exploitation and human trafficking in the world. In 2004, Rebecca worked with her husband to start their company, N2 Publishing, and in 2015 she helped create N2GIVES, the philanthropic arm of The N2 Company. She and her team have had the privilege since then to award over $18 million dollars to aid in the fight against modern-day slavery. Her role includes managing the N2GIVES grant budget, building relationships with partner anti-trafficking nonprofits, and connecting the work of N2GIVES to all of the franchisees and Home Office team members of The N2 Company. It has been her desire and passion for the past 18 years to see an end to what she considers to be the greatest injustice of our generation. Rebecca also teaches yoga part-time and lives with her husband and four children in Wilmington, NC.
Fort Collins, Colorado
Nancy Richardson is President of the OtterCares Foundation, the charitable arm of the protective case manufacturer, OtterBox based in Fort Collins, Colorado. As President, she developed the foundation’s vision of educating and empowering youth toward positive growth. Nancy led OtterCares in keeping alive the Pack2School program, which provides school supplies to needy children in the Poudre School District, when the program’s funding was cut in 2011. In 2012, she and the OtterCares Foundation were honored with the Lamplighter Award from TEAM Fort Collins, recognizing the organization’s positive impact on the lives of local youth. Nancy is a graduate of Colorado State University’s interior design program.
Betsy Miller lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Don and their dog, Lucy. She builds web platforms for creatives and small businesses, and consults for StoryBrand, a startup that helps brands revolutionize their marketing, connect with customers, and grow their companies. Previously, Betsy worked in business development at New Target, Inc., a web design and development firm in Washington, D.C. and as a fundraising consultant for nonprofits and associations. Her contributions have been for clients such as the Washington National Cathedral, the Cleveland Clinic, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Lieutenant General Mick Kicklighter served in the military for over 35 years. Following his retirement as a Commander of the United States Army Western Command in 1991, he became the Inspector General of the Department of Defense. He also served as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for International Affairs, and in 2001, was honored with a nomination by the President to become the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, Department of Veterans Affairs. During his time as a public servant, Mick also served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity International and held the Chairman position for three years. He currently serves as the Director and Principal Investigator of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program, a research organization through the George Mason University School of Law.
Derek Green is the Assistant VP of Investments for HL Investments, the outside investment arm for the Green Family and Hobby Lobby. His responsibilities include oversight and ongoing deployment of a global private investment portfolio including real estate, oil and gas, private equity, and venture investments.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Tegu, a Honduran-based educational toy manufacturer. In addition, he serves as an observer and member of several other boards including AFGRI, a South African Agri-Business, Signatry OKC Advisory Board, Grateful Lives Foundation, Rescue:Freedom, as well as the Green Family Ministry Investment Committee and G3 Ministry Investment Committee.
Previously, Derek worked for Hobby Lobby as a Real Estate Analyst, where he developed site selection and sales forecasting tools. Prior to Hobby Lobby he started and sold a services company and was an Industrial Engineer Supervisor at UPS.
Mr. Green attended the University of Oklahoma and Executive Education programs at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Business School.
He has been married to his wife Erica for 11 years. They have four children and are also foster parents.
Peter McGowan is one of the founders of PlainJoe and Storyland Studios. He is a champion of bringing clients’ unique stories to life by broadening their visual vocabulary beyond words and helping shape the cultural influence of their organizations.
Having worked with large-scale corporate clients like Infinity, Nissan, IBM and Johnson & Johnson, as well as creative pioneers including Disney, Universal and Lego – Peter has a robust background in technology, art, and architecture which has equipped him to skillfully integrate these fields of design to tell immersive stories on the graphic and environmental stages. He is especially passionate about partnering with non-profit and cause-based organizations to reflect their missions with excellence and heart.
At the end of the day, he loves spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and their three kids making memories that usually involve Lego sets, Star Wars, Disney, or all three.
Jeremy Vallerand serves as the President and CEO of Rescue:Freedom International. In 2012, Jeremy founded Rescue:Freedom and opened their headquarters in Kirkland, Washington. Since then, Rescue:Freedom and its global network of Local Partners has impacted the lives of more than 49,000 women and children across the world. Jeremy has been featured in Forbes as a leading social entrepreneur and has a diverse background working with corporations, government leaders, and global NGOs. He also worked in Washington, D.C. to coordinate the National Prayer Breakfast, serving as a liaison to the United States Congress, the White House, and foreign dignitaries.
Jeremy was a featured TEDx speaker delivering a TEDx talk titled, “Using your Passions to Fight Injustice.” Jeremy has a graduate degree in Diplomacy from Oxford University in the United Kingdom and an undergraduate degree in Business from Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada. In 2016, he received Trinity Western University’s Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of his global humanitarian work. Jeremy lives in Kirkland, Washington with his wife, Maren and their three children.
Jeremy Vallerand was on a trip to India when he saw something that changed his life forever.
He was taken to the red light district in Mumbai, where hundreds of girls were being bought and sold as sexual slaves. He was completely overwhelmed by the exploitation he’d witnessed. The next day, he was taken to a safe home, where women and children rescued from the red light district were receiving care and recovering from the trauma of their former life. Jeremy expected lifeless eyes and a sterile environment. He was met with people who were full of life and joy, who took pride in their new surroundings.
Jeremy saw the contrast between exploitation and freedom and was determined to do something about slavery.
That summer, Jeremy made plans to climb Mount Rainier, the highest peak in Washington state. He realized he could use his mountaineering expedition as a fundraiser to fight slavery. Jeremy shared his vision with his climbing friends, and together they formed ‘Climb for Captives.’ The group set a goal of $14,411- a dollar for every foot of elevation of Mount Rainier. The group successfully summited Mount Rainier and surpassed their fundraising goal. Jeremy still wanted to do more.
Over the next few years, Jeremy and a group of friends came together to dream about what it would look like to build an organization that could combat slavery around the world. In 2012, Rescue:Freedom International was born. Since then, Rescue:Freedom has touched the lives of over 49,000 people worldwide. Today, Jeremy serves as CEO and encourages people to use their passions to fight slavery.