Alianza por tus Derechos - Alianza por tus Derechos is a successor to Casa Alianza, the Latin American branch of a U.S. faith-based group, Covenant House, that works with street children, in Costa Rica. They have worked for many years to make the public aware of the huge child prostitution problem in Costa Rica. Largely through their efforts, a huge group of U.S. sex tourists was brought to justice in 2003. This event sparked massive public outcry about the problem, but the present attitude has once again become a passive denial, even as the criminals who exploit become more sophisticated. With the closing of the Costa Rican branch of Casa Alianza several years ago, Alianza por tus Derechos has taken up a valiant fight against this continuing evil with limited resources. They have enthusiastically welcomed us to Costa Rica and agreed to share a huge number of cases with us that need time and skilled investigation to bring perpetrators to justice. For more look at their work at: www.alianzaportusderechos.org/
La Defensoria de las Habitantes - La Defensoria de las Habitantes (The Defender of the Inhabitants) is the official defender of the human rights of the citizens of Costa Rica. Much of their work is with the problem of sexual exploitation and trafficking in the country. The Defender holds accountable the various government agencies responsible for dealing with various aspects of these problems, as well as facilitating the national action team of government agencies and NGOs working to alleviate it. In recent years, this action team has largely frozen in place as agencies have become apathetic and territorial and NGOs without vital government support. The present Defender also openly welcomed us as a vital partner in this fight. More info for Spanish speakers can be found at: www.dhr.go.cr
Fundacion Panimor - Fundacion Panimor is a non-governmental organization that has led the effort to prevent further victimization of Costa Rican citizens in the sex exploitation and sex tourism industry, as well as in facilitating attempts to provide viable aftercare for those victims. In the present climate of growing denial of the continuing problem of sex exploitation in Costa Rica, their work has been frustrated, but they continue to be the primary researcher of the dynamics of this evil for the government in Costa Rica. They see our proposed work as essential to raising public awareness of the issue both in Costa Rica and in the U.S., which is a major provider of sex tourists to their country. As well as welcoming our efforts, they have agreed to give us as much access as possible to the intelligence and other information that might aid our efforts. For more info see: www.paniamor.or.cr
World Vision - World Vision works with children and young people worldwide on a variety of issues, including sex exploitation and trafficking. In Costa Rica, they are members of the national action team and are engaged in efforts to engage the churches and other faith-based groups in efforts to coordinate prevention and public education about the problem, as well as to enhance aftercare for victims. They also welcome our work as vital to the real confrontation of this problem by Costa Ricans. For more info see: www.visionmundial.com
Specialized Intelligence Security - Specialized Intelligence Security is a private security and investigation firm in Atlanta, Georgia. The experts in this firm provide us with expert consultation and review of proposed rescue operations, as well as providing us with necessary surveillance and other equipment to successfully execute those operations.
Prosecutor of Sex Crimes - Prosecutor of Sex Crimes (Fiscalia de Delitos Sexuales) is the chief law enforcement official charged with confronting sexual exploitation and trafficking in Costa Rica. Primarily located in San Jose, but with offices in coastal cities where sex tourism flourishes, the present prosecutor has agreed to coordinate our efforts with the legal system in Costa Rica, insuring that we are protected by appropriate court orders and that the local police authorities cooperate in rescue efforts. See in Spanish www.mj.go.cr