Vanessa Kohnen is the Founder and Executive Director of Rancho Milagro Foundation - a nonprofit, faith-based ministry and sanctuary of healing for survivors of child abuse and trafficking.
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Defending Our Children
Defending Our Children is a show dedicated to stopping Child Trafficking. This show segues from Contraland, the documentary created by Veterans For Child Rescue founder, Craig “Sawman” Sawyer. Its sole purpose is to alert the populace of the human trafficking of children which is the single greatest threat to our way of life. It is an estimated $38-$50 billion industry, which is greater than the NBA, NFL, and MLB combined. Society believes that this industry is real however that it exists outside our borders. When in fact this problem is prevalent in every corner of the United States.
We need to challenge our educational system, our justice system, our local, state, and federal government. In recent times we have been taught to view that our greatest threat to society was terrorism, however Child Trafficking has a much more devastating impact because our children will be the future leaders of our way of life. We as a society have to do everything we can to protect our species starting with our children. This evil impacts every single person in the United States as well as worldwide.
Meet the Hosts
Craig grew up near Houston, Texas and got his tactical start in the U.S. Marine Corps. He quickly transitioned to the U.S. Navy to pursue high-level Special Operations as a U.S. Navy SEAL. He served in SEAL Team One, then went on to the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), then in the Federal Air Marshal Service as an Agent and Supervisor. After 5 years in Federal Law Enforcement, Craig served in High-Threat Mobile Security contracting, Film & Television Tech Advising, and Personal Security Training for the public.
As a DEVGRU Operator, Craig gained critical combat experience in Desert Shield and Desert Storm resulting in decoration for “Heroic Service.”
Those operations included:
- The capturing of the very first prisoners of the war
- CSAR (Combat Search And Rescue) Operations
- Sniper Operations
- Reconnaissance Operations
- Counter-Mine Operations
- FAV (Fast Attack Vehicle) Operations
Throughout his career, Craig gained recognition for his mastery of multiple military and combat disciplines, such as weapons training and shooting, counter-terrorism, surveillance and counter-surveillance, climbing, criminal investigation, parachuting, and hand-to-hand combat.
FOUNDING A NONPROFIT: VETERANS FOR CHILD RESCUE
When a friend and intelligence community veteran told Craig about the severity of child trafficking in America, Craig knew he had to do something.Craig founded Veterans for Child Rescue (V4CR) in April of 2017 with the goals of exposing and eradicating child trafficking in the USA. He made plans to film a documentary that would expose the infrastructure and secrecy behind the industrial scale harm of child trafficking.
Forrest began his career in credit card acquiring in 1989. He was an original member of Retriever Payment Systems – which was a pioneer in the credit card acquiring industry. Forrest was also an original member of the ETA Technology committee where he received the “Committee of the Year” award in 2004.
In his 20+ years at Retriever Payment Systems/National Processing Company, Forrest wore many hats and played part in many versatile roles to help the company grow. He spent the first half of his time there in Operations, where he ran a call center for Technical Support, Merchant Services, and specialty groups for Banking and Major Merchants. For the second half of his time, Forrest spent his time in Business Development. He managed a team that was the liaison to the top 60 resellers. Forrest and his team would provide any services that were needed to bring in a client. This would include going on sales calls, finding products and dealing with underwriting guidelines.
Additionally, Forrest was tasked to go on sales calls for direct business, government, and bank clients. He negotiated contracts and worked with the legal department to resolve any contract issues on existing and future clients.
Additionally, Forrest acquired, managed, built pricing models, did financials, tax preparation, and operations consulting for “Stand Alone” emergency rooms.
By donating to Veterans For Child Rescue, you're championing a nationwide effort to shield our children from harm. Every contribution you make not only reinforces our commitment but also fuels our unwavering mission to obliterate child trafficking within the USA. Stand with us; together, we can create a safer future for every child.
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