Timothy Ballard

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Timothy Ballard
EducationBrigham Young University
Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • CEO, author, law enforcement
Known forOperation Underground Railroad
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Timothy Ballard is the founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), CEO of The Nazarene Fund [1]and the author of several books. He organizes activities on the national and international level to stop child trafficking.[2][3][4][5] Thousands of trafficking victims have been rescued by Tim Ballard and Operation Underground Railroad. They have also assisted in the arrest of over 750 traffickers.[6][7]

Ballard's work includes the development of software and internet investigations specifically to infiltrate file-share networks where traffickers exchange child pornography. Ballard has assisted in the training of many law enforcement officers in these procedures.[8] He has also testified before the United States Congress and has recommended procedures and practices for rescuing children from trafficking rings.[9] The activities of Ballard and O.U.R. have had major media coverage.[10][11][12][13][14][15]



After growing up in California, Ballard attended Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah.[16] He went on a church mission to Chile and then graduated Cum Laude from BYU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Political Science. Then, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Monterey Institute of International Studies with a Master of Arts degree in International Politics.[17]


Ballard worked as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security for over ten years.[18] During his time working for the government, he worked on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and worked as an undercover agent for the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team.[18]

Founding O.U.R.[edit]

Ballard left the government in 2013 and founded the non-profit organization Operation Underground Railroad, or O.U.R.[18][19]

Testifying before Congress[edit]

On May 14, 2015, Ballard was asked to testify before the United States Congress. The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Global Human Rights held a hearing on the partnerships between U.S. government and non-governmental organizations that rescue trafficking victims.[20]


With his background and study of American history, Ballard wrote the best-selling books,[21] "The Covenant: One Nation Under God," and its sequel, "The Covenant, Lincoln, and the War."[22] All publications are listed below.


  • The Covenant (2012)[23]
  • The American Covenant, Vol. I and Vol. II (2011 and 2014)[22]
  • The Covenant, Lincoln, and the War (2012)[24]
  • The Lincoln Hypothesis (2016)
  • The Washington Hypothesis (2016)
  • Slave Stealers (2018)[25]


  1. ^ "Home - The Nazarene Fund". The Nazarene Fund. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  2. ^ "Current and former Utah officers working to stop child sex slavery". fox13now.com. 2014-12-04. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  3. ^ "Founder, CEO of Operation Underground Railroad to speak at UVU". DeseretNews.com. 2016-10-07. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  4. ^ "Crossfit OUR". Crossfit OUR. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  5. ^ "O.U.R. Media Kit" (PDF). TEGA Technologies.
  6. ^ "Operation Underground Railroad Has Rescued 600+ Children From Sex Slavery". Glenn Beck. Retrieved 2017-07-12.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Operation Underground Railroad". ourrescue.org. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  8. ^ "Tech startup Operation Underground Railroad is saving kids from human traffickers". VentureBeat. 2014-04-26. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  9. ^ "Hearing Sex Trafficking Victims, May 14 2015". C-SPAN.org. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  10. ^ "Finding Virtue in Hell: Glenn Headed to Bangkok With Operation Underground Railroad". Glenn Beck. Retrieved 2017-07-12.[dead link]
  11. ^ "ABC Nightline – Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) | EMSI Public Relations". emsincorporated.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  12. ^ "Going undercover to rescue child sex slaves". Fox News. 2014-11-09. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  13. ^ "Tim Ballard: Operation Underground Railroad". www.realclearpolitics.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  14. ^ Operation Underground Railroad (2014-10-17), CBS Evening News Feature | Operation Underground Railroad, retrieved 2017-07-12
  15. ^ Thorpe, Devin. "Meet A Guy Who Has Devoted His Life To Freeing Slaves". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  16. ^ "Rescuing Children from Sex Slavery: One Mormon's Inspired Mission". LDS Living. 2015-02-27. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  17. ^ "Operation Underground Railroad". ourrescue.org. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  18. ^ a b c "Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) – a Vanguard in the Fight Against Child Trafficking - End Slavery Now". www.endslaverynow.org. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  19. ^ Hanson, Kurt. "Operation Underground Railroad: Saves lives in ways most can't". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  20. ^ "Hearing Sex Trafficking Victims, May 14 2015 | Video | C-SPAN.org". C-SPAN.org. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  21. ^ Toone, Trent (2017-06-28). "Timothy Ballard or Tim Ballard? The Operation Underground Railroad founder and the author are one and the same". DeseretNews.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  22. ^ a b Toone, Trent (2017-06-28). "Timothy Ballard or Tim Ballard? The Operation Underground Railroad founder and the author are one and the same". DeseretNews.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  23. ^ "Timothy Ballard | Meridian Magazine". ldsmag.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  24. ^ "Author - Timothy Ballard - Deseret Book". deseretbook.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  25. ^ "Tim's Books". TIM BALLARD. Retrieved 2018-08-15.

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