Tim Ballard in the documentary "The Abolitionists."

OREM — Tim Ballard, founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad and jump team commander for rescue operations, will speak at Utah Valley University at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Ragan Theatre. The free event is open to the public.

Operation Underground Railroad, founded in December 2013, is dedicated to ending child slavery. The Underground Jump Team consists of former CIA, Navy SEALs and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts around the world.

Ballard spent more than a decade working as a special agent for the Department of Homeland Security. He has worked undercover to infiltrate child trafficking organizations and has successfully dismantled dozens of these organizations and rescued countless children from sex slavery.