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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

37 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!

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!

2 LouieA

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is inspiring to see this team working together with such unity and commitment to bring an end to human trafficking in Missouri and beyond. I've attended multiple events over the years and have worked closely with several of the team members and have been incredibly impressed by their talent, passion, and devotion to the people they serve!

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GO61 01/22/2018

Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Earlier in 2017 I created an awareness video for GO:61 because my friend and I saw the benefits from this nonprofit to its surrounding community. I believe in an organization trying to the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people and that is definitely what GO:61 is about. They have a lot to offer to victims and much to share.

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GO61 01/21/2018

Thank you! The awareness video is amazing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with GO:61 after their first annual Liberty Conference two years ago. The information I received was truly eye-opening! Once you know it, you can't unknow it! I feel blessed to be part of an organization seeking justice & restoration for victims of human trafficking. Whether it is educating the public, providing mentoring to victims, preparing care bags, going on motel outreaches, working to change state laws, we want to be a voice for those who have no voice.

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GO61 01/21/2018

Thank you for your service and positive words!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What an awesome thing you guys are doing! I have enjoyed every moment with you and your team i have seen personally the impact you have had on these young people and have had the privilege of spending time with a wonderful youth your ministry has rescued GO61 !!!!!!!

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GO61 01/21/2018

Thank you!

3 rebastill

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been a privilege to volunteer and serve with the team of incredible people of Go:61. Casey Alvarez as founder and director brings so much passion to this work. As a team there is on-going education provided to the community, support for victims of trafficking, outreach and awareness for potential victims. The annual Liberty Conference attracts great speakers in the field like Ben Nolot of Exodus Cry, Dr. Adam Mcclendon of New Line Ministries, International Justice Mission and so many more bringing awareness to those in the Missouri area.

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GO61 01/21/2018

Thank you! We're so grateful for your service and partnership!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at go:61.org a little over a year ago. I have to say I am part of a loving team who truly cares about others and their community. I am growing in my knowledge of how to help others and especially in how to have more compassion for them. I have worked with many non profits while training to be and as a social worker, and this has proven to be the most rewarding. I look forward to more adventures with my new friends in this upcoming year.

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GO61 01/21/2018

Thank you! We love our volunteers!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’ve had the privilege to work with the GO61 team for the past three years. I lead another nonprofit in Northwest Arkansas which partners with GO61 through our coalition arm. It’s so great to be able to work collaboratively with other organizations whose heart beats in the same rhythm as your own! Go 61 not only services just the Springfield, Missouri area but they truly are a light across the state of Missouri and across their region of the United States!

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GO61 01/21/2018

Thank you! We appreciate and enjoy the partnership and friendship very much!

3 AJ DeSantis R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended several trainings with this organization, as well as served them through other events and projects. I have watched as they have tirelessly given a voice to the voiceless. Through their efforts, we have seen changes to social awareness of the massive issue of trafficking in our region. The volunteers serve sacrificially into this important need. This is a great organization to sow into!

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GO61 01/21/2018

We're so grateful you attended the training classes, and for your support! Thank you!

3 Joshua R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GO61 is definitely making a difference here in southwest Missouri. They are a driving force in education, prevention and disruption of the human trafficking problem that for to long has been left in the dark.

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GO61 01/21/2018

Thank you, Joshua!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Go:61 is one of my favorite organizations! It aims to restore freedom to those who are trapped. Nothing is more valuable than hope in a crushing & suffocating situation. Many thanks to GO:61 for the work they do in our community!

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GO61 01/21/2018

Thank you!

3 Christina AndJustin A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Go61 came to our Children's Facility and gave a fantastic presentation of internet safety to our kiddos! It was quite eye opening for the adults as well! This is a fantastic organization bringing a much needed service to so many communities

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GO61 01/21/2018

Thank you! We loved being able to present that class!

3 Kayla M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Go61 an intern for a while and I absolutely loved it! I learned a lot about the presence of human trafficking in my own community and was able to help fight the issue in both big and small ways. I served as a peer support to a victim, attended trainings, and spent much time organizing donated items that are used on outreaches (such as food and hygiene products). No matter the task I was given for the day, I always felt like I was doing my part to serve the organization and take a stand to fight against human trafficking.

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GO61 01/21/2018

We loved working with you! Thank you!

4 Kristin46

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GO:61 is an amazing organization that is working hard to reclaim people from modern day slavery. Human trafficking is a terrible, horrific thing than many do not know is going on in their own cities. Because of the education I received from GO:61, I am aware, and now volunteer with them to help prevent this from happening in our communities. I am thankful this is a faith-based organization because I believe that faith plays a vital role in restoration and healing of those who have been victims of human trafficking and exploitation. Check them out, find out more, and then join the fight!

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GO61 01/21/2018

Thank you! Your work in the organization is so vital and it is very much appreciated!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been blessed to work with GO:61 for a year to year and a half. GO:61 offers help, hope, and love to our community in so many ways that are needed such as blessing bags filled with food, socks, shampoo, feminine products, and so on to our homeless population. The leaders and volunteers are truly geniune, loving, and caring people who support one another as we serve our community. GO:61 educates the community about injustices and dangers occuring in our neighborhoods; fuels rescue by adopting high risk areas; and restores victims of exploitation and human trafficking by offering mentoring to those who want to receive it! If you want to impact your community positively, this is an organization to look into!

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GO61 01/21/2018

Thank you! Our team members are the best!