Operation Underground Railroad
Internet Crimes against Children Task Force and the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team. He helped infiltrate and dismantle dozens of trafficking organizations that kidnapped children and forced them into the sex slave industry. However, as a U.S. agent, he was not authorized to rescue children if their cases lacked a U.S. nexus or if the case could not be tried in a U.S. court.
Ballard was frustrated with the lack of strategies employed to rescue enslaved children in underdeveloped nations (though reporting positive experience working with U.S. government professionals) and left the government in October 2013 to found Operation Underground Railroad.
Operation Underground Railroad works with supporting governments and organizations in one or more of the following activities: prevention, discovery, preparation, rescue, and victim recovery programs. Operations are segments of any coordinated effort, training and/or direct involvement to rescue enslaved children. Operation Underground Railroad does not work independently, or without government participation and support.