Tim Ballard is a former special agent for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the founder of Operation Underground Railroad (OUR), a non-profit organization dedicated to combating child trafficking and slavery.
He has gained significant attention for his work in this field and has been the subject of both praise and criticism.
Ballard’s career in law enforcement began with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where he worked as a case officer.
He later joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he specialized in child crimes, including child pornography and child trafficking.
During his time with the government, Ballard was involved in numerous high-profile investigations and operations.
In 2013, Ballard left his government job and founded OUR to focus on rescuing children from human trafficking.
The organization works with law enforcement agencies around the world to conduct undercover operations, gather intelligence and rescue victims.
OUR also provides aftercare services to survivors, including therapy, education and vocational training.
Ballard has written several books, including The Covenant: One Nation Under God and Slave Stealers: True Accounts of Slave Rescues Then and Now, which detail his experiences in law enforcement and his work with OUR.
He has also been the subject of a documentary film, The Abolitionists, which follows his team’s efforts to rescue children from trafficking.
While Ballard’s work has been widely praised for its focus on combating child trafficking, he has also faced criticism.
Some have questioned the effectiveness of his methods, while others have raised concerns about the potential for his organization to engage in unethical or illegal activities during their operations.
Despite these criticisms, Ballard and OUR continue to be active in the fight against child trafficking.
Tim Ballard wife
Ballard’s wife is Katherine Ballard whom they have nine children together.
Katherine is described as Ballard’s sounding board, spiritual guru and biggest supporter.
She is also involved in raising their children and supporting her husband’s work.
In the movie Sound of Freedom, Katherine is played by actress Mira Sorvino and is presented as a sympathetic figure who supports her husband’s travels to Colombia to combat sex trafficking.
According to Ballard’s posts on Instagram, Katherine is an intentional and loving mother to their children.
In an interview, she explained that she finds it stressful when her husband is on a mission.
Despite the stress, she supports her husband’s work and is prepared for the challenges that come with it.