About Us

Established in 2010, Blackbox International is a faith-based, Christ-centered, not-for-profit organization that exists to holistically rehabilitate formerly sex-trafficked boys and young men. Blackbox provides the critical aftercare component for boys rescued from sex trafficking in order to help them find healing from their past, joy in the present, and purpose for their future. We believe they will be restored from the hurt and confusion that has been inflicted upon them and one day become men who will change the world.

the story must change

To protect the identity of those in our care, we will never show the full face of the boys in our homes. We use a black box to cover their eyes and protect their privacy. Behind every box that covers a face is a story and the Story Must Change.

Awareness

You know this happens to boys… right? Over 1.2 million children are trafficked each year for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Conservative estimates say, of that number, over 400,000 are boys. They are abused because of the greed of “owners” and the lust of “clients.”

aftercare

Blackbox seeks to bring healing to boys rescued out of sex trafficking through holistic aftercare. We  provide care for boys and young men in our safe-home in the Dominican Republic and are expanding. We are learning from this first initiative and developing a model that can be reproduced globally.

Action

Sex trafficking encompasses the range of activities involved when a trafficker uses force, fraud, or coercion to compel another person to engage in a commercial sex act or causes a child to engage in a commercial sex act. Learn about how you can bring awareness and take action against trafficking.

Our story

Sex trafficking has devastating consequences for minors, including long-lasting physical and psychological trauma, disease (including HIV/ AIDS), drug addiction, malnutrition, social ostracism, and possible death. They need to be rescued and healed. Tragically, there is little help or hope for victimized boys anywhere on the planet. Blackbox International was created to change that. We believe that healing is not only possible, but that it MUST be an option for these boys.

Our Team

Blackbox International provides holistic aftercare with the following team. A dedicated Board of Trustees, US-based staff and volunteers fulfill operational, awareness and partnership building roles. 

The most important people, a team of Dominican National Staff, lead the implementation of our holistic aftercare model in the home.

Wade Landers

Wade Landers

President | Founder

Roger Twitchell

Roger Twitchell

Vice President | Field Coaching & Staff Care

Ben Hedger

Ben Hedger

Vice President | Operations

Morgan

Morgan

Field Services Coordinator

Sara Hill

Sara Hill

Director | Donor Relations

Sarah Vacca

Sarah Vacca

Director | Client Services | Disabilities Specialist

Nick Vacca

Nick Vacca

Advocacy & Transitions Program Coordinator

Tommy Nobis

Tommy Nobis

Director | Finance

Des Ferguson

Des Ferguson

Advocacy & Client Services Coordinator

Kasey Hendrix

Kasey Hendrix

Advocate

Kayla Koskovick

Kayla Koskovick

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Board of trustees

Dr. Chris Dewelt

Dr. Chris Dewelt

Chairman of the Board | Retired Professor | Ozark Christian College

Chase Allcott

Chase Allcott

Owner/Operator | Chick-Fil-A | Bartlseville, OK

Tim Beasley

Tim Beasley

Pastor | Central Christian Church | Fort Smith, AR

Peter Buckland

Peter Buckland

Senior Director | Personnel & Strategies | Christ's Church of Oronogo

Pat Fancher

Pat Fancher

Director of Prevention | Rapha International

Deb Hafer

Deb Hafer

Founder | Former Director | Global R.E.S.T. Missionary Care & Restoration

Rick Howerton

Rick Howerton

Associate Minister | Phillipsburg Christian Church

Brian jennings

Brian jennings

Preaching | Leadership | Highland Park Christian Church - Tulsa

Sergio Rizo

Sergio Rizo

Agent | New York Life Insurance

Shane Wood

Shane Wood

Associate Academic Dean/New Testament & Critical Backgrounds Professor | Ozark Christian College