Category Archives: Strategy & Behind the Scenes

The Call

The call comes in to the national office in the Dominican Republic, and the country director slumps down in his chair. These calls are the epitome of the word “bittersweet.” On one hand, there is a boy who has been … Continue reading

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Why Blackbox? There’s a story…

Occasionally people ask why we chose the name “Blackbox.” Often, they assume the term refers to that critical recording device on a plane. An airplane’s blackbox is valuable! The information it contains is so important that, when a plane crashes, … Continue reading

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From Shocking to Something

Palm trees, beaches, and the warm waters of the Atlantic drive a booming tourist business in this area of the Caribbean. The nations of Haiti and the Dominican Republic are home to both extreme poverty and scenic, luxurious beaches. On … Continue reading

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One boy

One boy entered our hearts. The horrific realization, that our world had almost no idea that boys were victims of sex trafficking and that these boys had no places equipped to help them, first sprung into our hearts because of … Continue reading

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Why we chose the Dominican Republic

The other day someone asked me why Blackbox chose to begin our work in the Dominican Republic. It’s a great question. After a year of specifically researching and praying about this decision, we chose the DR for several reasons: The … Continue reading

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How we won a $10,000 communications package

The aroma of coffee lured me into a large cafe that also served as an exhibit area. I had just arrived for Day 1 of the Story Conference in Chicago, and I had some time to look around. One exhibitor … Continue reading

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Why We’re Going Light On The Brick And Mortar

One of the great challenges that any charitable organization faces is that institutions tend to give rise to brick and mortar. Lots of brick and mortar. Once this gets to a certain level, the tail often wags the dog. All ministries begin … Continue reading

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A Note from Wade Landers

Wade Landers Blackbox International Executive Director As I write this letter I am about an hour away from landing in Guatemala City.  This is the fifth country for Blackbox International to survey.  If it is like the first four countries … Continue reading

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What About the Boys?

Tony Anderson Unearthed Pictures I met Wade Landers in the summer of 2009. Our team was preparing for a trip to Southeast Asia to document the sex trade and we decided to stop by Wade’s office in Joplin to get … Continue reading

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Blackbox Chooses The Dominican Republic As First Location

Blackbox Chooses The Dominican Republic As First Location 10/04/2011 Brian Jennings, Trustee I’ve been on the Board of Trustees for Blackbox International for the past year. We exist to provide a holistic approach to aftercare for boys rescued from sex … Continue reading

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