A Waxahachie military veteran is using his background in information systems to help law enforcement arrest sex traffickers and rescue victims through the organization, DeliverFund.
He also needs a little financial assistance to begin helping to halt the crisis.
John Myers currently works at Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth as an information systems manager. Recently, an organization came in to conduct a security assessment and, at that time, Myers was introduced to the nonprofit DeliverFund.
“I’m kind of looking for a mission and that purpose again. And then when I researched DeliverFund and what they did, I thought I could totally do this,” Myers said.
With Myers’s cyber background and experience in the United States Navy, he was a perfect match to act as a targeting analyst.
According to the DeliverFund website, the organization "disrupts global human trafficking markets by combining uniquely qualified personnel with the best technologies, and then leveraging them in new ways to reach and rescue the victims of human trafficking.”
Director of Operations for DeliverFund Mike Fullilove confirmed that Myers is currently in the onboarding process.
Even though Myers has the ideal background and experience to help make a difference in sex trafficking, it’s his family that drives him to volunteer part-time.
“Because I have a 12-year-old daughter and a 23-year-old daughter, it kind of hits close to home because they could be snatched up at any time and this is the chance for me to make a difference and be my legacy, I guess you’d call it,” Myers said.
One way the organization measures its success is by analytical data that is acquired and later leads to traffickers, which is precisely what Myers will be doing.
“So as an analyst I would be doing cyber research, tracking down the traffickers, building the target package, giving it to law enforcement who will do their thing and replicate it and rescue the victims,” Myers explained.
Because DeliverFund is a nonprofit organization and privately funded, Myers needs to collect funds to purchase the software license in order to access the tools he will use, similar to what law enforcement operates with.
“It’s a big chunk of change to come up with. Most analysts what they do is start a GoFundMe page to raise the money,” said Myers, whose GoFundMe can be found at www.gofundme.com/johnfmyers.
Myers said the software license is $3,500, while a high-speed laptop will cost him up to $1,500, so he can have the equipment to support the data crunching he’ll be doing.
“The organization themselves always needs funding so anything that I get in excess of that, I’ll give back to DeliverFund to put in their operational budget,” Myers said.
Myers starts his training Feb. 1 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.