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Causes: Education, Human Services, Victims Services

Mission: The mission of GO:61 is to bring a future and a hope to people who live in exploited and oppressed situations. Our goal is to accomplish this by offering the Gospel and relief to people in poverty and oppressive circumstances; providing prevention services to prevent people in high-risk situations from being exploited and dehumanized; and to provide intervention, rescue, and restoration services for people who have been victimized and exploited. Due to the nature of human trafficking, much of our efforts will be focused on finding, rescuing and restoring people caught in this industry. Our goal is also to educate communities about injustices against vulnerable people and to mobilize the communities and churches to stand on behalf of oppressed individuals. GO:61 was named for the Scripture Isaiah 61. We believe God intended us to GO and live out His Scripture so His name may be praised throughout the nations and in the darkest places where people are hidden, bound and oppressed.

Target demographics: abolish human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2017 Report: http://www.go61.org/2017-service-report.html

Geographic areas served: Missouri, based in Springfield

Programs: prevention - rescue - restoration

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 Megan A.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I had no idea human trafficking was happening in my own community until GO:61 team members gave a presentation at my church. Since that presentation, I’ve attended several trainings and meetings and have learned so much from this organization. They are not trying to put a bandaid on the human trafficking problem; they’re trying to fix it from the inside out. They are raising awareness, educating the community, working with law enforcement and government agencies, and serving and restoring the victims of trafficking. They have a vision for a world without slavery, and a passion that is undeniable!

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GO61 Thank you! We appreciate all your support!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I teach self defense and am the owner of Inside Defense. I’ve done some work with Casey and other volunteers teaching them basic principles because they find themselves in dangerous places. A lot of people in this area truly do not know the extent to which human trafficking takes places. Fortunately Casey does and has made it her mission to do something about it in the proper channels.

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GO61 02/02/2018

Your support and friendship is very much appreciated, Chad!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Go:61 is making such a difference,
bringing awareness to sex trafficking,
and providing support and help to those who have been affected.
I love that GO:61 was inspired by Isaiah 61,
and that they live this message everyday,
bringing hope to the oppressed and the downtrodden.
If you're looking for a way to make a difference in your community,
GO:61 is a great way to get involved.



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GO61 01/26/2018

Thank you for walking beside us in this journey!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with GO:61 after the first Liberty Conference where I learned the magnitude of the Trafficking problem in our own state of Missouri. I was impressed right away that such a young organization was run with such wisdom and accountability. I have completed the training course and participate in the ongoing training for volunteers. I am currently the Southeast MO represetative and look forward to spreading HOPE to my side of the state. #endslavery

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GO61 01/26/2018

We love working with you - thank you!

2 jgardner44

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, it is amazing to see this team work together reclaiming lives in our community.

2 Lane H.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked with Go61 and Casey for several years now, serving as both a Board member and Advisor. I love Casey's passion to help people enslaved by trafficking, and to end it. Casey is passionate, knowledgeable and committed. She is an inspiration to serve alongside. She has built an excellent organization that is serving to make our city, and this region, a better place to live and a safer place for people. I'm thankful for the work of Go61.

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GO61 01/26/2018

We appreciate your wisdom and partnership - thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 2 1/2yrs and have seen way more than I ever thought went on in our location. I didn’t even know trafficking existed in the US, until I went to training, started getting out in the community and listening to people’s testimonies, and working one on one with survivors. GO61 is providing hope for those who feel they have no hope. They’re providing education so that people in the community can understand it and take a stand for those who have no voice. The hard work continues, along with the continuous prayers going up for all those hurting every minute of their day. Thank you, GO61, for making a huge impact on my life!

2 Pati McEnulty E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched go61 develop from a dream in the heart of this humble servant, Casey, to becoming an amazing reality that is reaching out and changing lives! The passion and drive that starts in the leadership, and spreads throughout each staff member and volunteer, is going to impact our community in a huge and positive way. I encourage everyone to get behind them in their work, both financially and through volunteering. I have personally sat through their training and consider it an incredible asset to the work I am personally involved in. I’m so excited to see the growth and future impact as they continue to work in our area and beyond!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Working with trafficking is hard work, but the GO:61 team approach this issue with grace, humility, and a strong will to make a difference. Training was eye-opening and life changing for me in many ways; not only realizing what was going on in my community, but realizing my own prejudices and judgmental attitudes pushed me to a deeper understanding of the love of Jesus and how he loves the overlooked and broken. Being involved in this group was such a positive experience (I have pulled back from active volunteering when we welcomed our first foster son) The volunteer outreaches I was able to go on were well thought out and executed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to G061 through their social media presence. The information they shared, and the passion with which they shared it, immediately drew me into their mission. Exposing the exploitation of the weak in our own community. Sex trafficking, prostitution, and other predatory industries are going unchecked all around us and GO61 is a strong arm and voice against these injustices. I have donated to this organization, attended conferences, attended training sessions, and have now become an official team member after watching them operate for over 2 years. I have been so encouraged with their work and heart for the community. This is a very effective place for your funds and resources to go to.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first time I went to a go61 meeting completely changed how I viewed prostitution. It helped me see them for what they are. People like you and me who are hurt and taken advantage of. I have moved on in life and am now trying to educate others about human trafficking and restoration.

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GO61 01/23/2018

Thank you! Your participation in our classes and continued relationship means the world!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of volunteering with this group a while back and I must say I was very impressed. The members that I interacted with were some of the most caring people I've ever met. Great organization!

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GO61 01/23/2018

Thank you! We loved serving with you!

3 Jacqueline B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Casey years ago and she shared her passion for educating and raising awareness in our community about human trafficking, working with authorities to release captives in human trafficking situations and restoring them back into a healthy community while sharing their value in Christ. As I served on the board for a couple of years, I saw Casey and the team radically serve, giving fully of themselves daily. While they have seen so many success stories, they are aware of the magnitude of this issue and will continue to serve faithfully. I’m so proud of GO61 and the positive impact they are making in Southwest Missouri. If you have interest in helping abolish slavery, please contact GO61 to get training and help volunteer.

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GO61 01/22/2018

Thank you! We value you very much!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The first time I met Casey Alvarez, and introduced to GO:61, was at a ladies tea where she educated us on the real life perils and Horrors of Human/Child Sex Trafficking. At that first encounter I was moved to volunteer to Raise awareness and funds by simply wearing the same outfit for 30 continuous days.
Casey's training sessions are well worth attending.
Get involved.
Attend training.
Increase your awareness.
Volunteer.
Train more... and serve with all your heart.
I am convinced,
You will make a difference.

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GO61 01/22/2018

Thank you! You created an innovative way to raise funds and spread awareness - great job!

2 Sylvia R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I give monthly to GO 61 as well as attend their events and training meetings. I am passionate about abolition of sexual slavery. I have great confidence in the leadership, having watched how God has led them, anointed them, grown them, and blessed them with success, one step at a time.

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GO61 01/22/2018

Thank you! We deeply appreciate your support, friendship, and love serving with you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GO:61 is a much needed outreach located in Springfield, MO! The data showing how many people are being enslaved in trafficking is staggering - and those are only the individuals being found and rescued. Our women's ministry hosted Beth from GO:61 as a speaker so we could become better informed, but our entire church got behind us and stuffed an SUV full of hygiene and other supplies to do what we could to help their efforts in our own community.
GO:61 operates in integrity and I highly encourage others to see what they can do to help.
If we all do something, we'll chip away at this terrible injustice!

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GO61 01/22/2018

Thank you! Your engagement and support are appreciated so much!

3 Shelley G.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Go:61 is an amazing organization. They provide assistance to people who have been affected by human trafficking and also to people who are at risk of being trafficked. They also provide education and training to individuals, churches, businesses, colleges, the legislature and more. I was fortunate to attend three trainings taught by Casey Alverez, founder of GO:61. She is knowledgeable and passionate and she truly cares for the people affected by trafficking. The other volunteers of GO:61 are amazing, as well. They are doing God's work to help people that society had deemed unworthy or unimportant. The work that they all do is truly amazing. We need more people like this in every community.

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GO61 01/22/2018

Thank you!

3 MariahP

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A little over a year ago I was introduced to GO:61, and I was so naive about what was happening in the world. I never imagined there were people being sold and living a life of slavery here in the city of Springfield. My heart was broken from my past, but God has used GO:61 to break my heart in a different way to help those who are also hurting. So far I have attended a condensed training class, a meeting, and a get together. I feel God leading me and telling me just to go and do something to help. Even though it’s heart breaking and uncomfortable at times I can see how GO:61 has helped victims, how passionate they are, and how much they are willing to fight for freedom. The education and encouragement that GO:61 gives fuels rescues, and makes volunteering more like joining a caring community. I look forward to seeing what this new year will bring, and how many lives will be changed for the better.

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GO61 01/22/2018

Thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Go:61 has accomplished more in its infancy than many long-term non-profits do in a lifetime. Even now, God is expanding the influence of Go:61 from southwest Missouri to statewide in the Missouri legislature. Casey's testimony before a Missouri House legislative committee regarding human trafficking was recently quoted by the Associated Press. Casey and her team's compassion for human trafficking victims plus the knowledge they bring to the table regarding the issue have opened eyes and hearts, expanded awareness, and touched the hearts of those caught in trafficking. Go:61's influence has only just begun!

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GO61 01/22/2018

Thank you for the kind review!

2 Eric O.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a new board member still learning about human trafficking and the sex trade, I attended my first Liberty Conference this year - and wow it blew me away.
My eyes were opened to the tragic state of affairs and the false values society put on people from early ages on.
More people need to attend this conference to better understand what's going on in our communities, see our own responsibilities in the trafficking industry and to peel back the lies of sexual liberation globally.
It was well organized and the speakers were experts in the field presenting compelling challenges.

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GO61 01/22/2018

Thank you! We appreciate all your service and efforts!

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GO61 01/22/2018

Thank you! We appreciate all your service and efforts!

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GO61 01/22/2018

Thank you! We appreciate all your service and efforts!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My justice journey with GO:61 began almost 3 years ago. That's when my eyes were opened to the issues of human trafficking on the local level. Since then, I have enjoyed getting to know and working alongside other volunteers. We come from all walks of life, but we all have the same passion...to end slavery! GO:61 provides volunteer training that equips team members to serve those trapped in slavery or being exploited.
GO:61 strives to bring awareness and educate community members on how they can help be the change that ends slavery!

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GO61 01/22/2018

Thank you! You're an invaluable team member and we love working with you!