Operation Jolly Roger
In 2022, The F3 Foundation’s MCIA division along with Project Apollo launched Operation Jolly Roger to locate and rescue children caught in the ongoing Ukrainian crisis.
F3’s MCIA and Project Apollo utilized former Intelligence and Special Operations personnel, each with decades of experience conducting personnel recovery operations.
The organization’s main objective was to prevent and deny human traffickers the opportunity to kidnap children that had been displaced, separated, and orphaned by the ongoing crisis. The organization was able to successfully locate hundreds of children and their families trapped in Russian controlled territory and ferry them to safe houses controlled by the F3 Foundation and Project Apollo.
The children that were recovered possessing U.S. citizenship, or with U.S. citizen family members seeking to sponsor citizenship were delivered to the U.S. Department of State. Children not fitting these criteria were delivered to vetted Nonprofit organizations aiding refugees.
Operation Jolly Roger was named as a nod to Operation Peter Pan (1960-62), an operation carried out to ferry tens of thousands of Cuban refugee children to safety in the United States. The Jolly Roger was the pirate ship commandeered by Peter Pan to ferry the lost children of Neverland to be reunited with their families.
Operation Jolly Roger was named in recognition of Operation Peter Pan. The Jolly Roger was Captain Hook’s ship, which would eventually be captured and used by Peter Pan to ferry the lost children of Neverland back to be reunited with their family.
Operation Peter Pan was an operation carried out in 1960 to save Cuban children from Castro’s communist regime as it came to power. 14,000 unaccompanied children arrived in the United States where they would be adopted by U.S.-based family members and charity organizations until they could one day be reunited with their parents.
Now in 2022, F3 MCIA is undertaking the same operation by ushering Ukrainian children to safety as both chaos and death overtake their country.