PROTECT measures its impact in concrete terms. Our goal is not to "raise consciousness," it's to make a real-world, measurable impact. Here are a few measures of our effectiveness.
24 states where PROTECT has fought and won campaigns
In 2003, with a "paid" staff of one and a budget more meager than a small-town soup kitchen, PROTECT began going from statehouse to statehouse fighting for children. From Arkansas to Illinois, and Virginia to California, we mobilized volunteers and become known for our tough, scrappy campaigning. Today, we still operate without the war chest of other "special interests," (our commitment to bipartisanship limits traditional policial contributions) but we're running successful campaigns in more states than ever. This ability to run successful pro-child, anti-crime legislative campaigns in a wide diversity of states is a hard-won accomplishment that sets PROTECT apart from other nonprofit organizations working for children. PROTECT has passed bills in 24 states and conducted grassroots campaigns in several more. Each of these states is a beachead taken for future legislative action. Since 2007, our federal legislative campaigns have gotten protected children in all 50 states. Here's our list of victories. (Photo: Announcement of passage of California Circle of Trust law)
46 federal and state laws passed
When you change laws, you make an impact that goes far beyond most one-time action. Since 2002, PROTECT has gotten legislation enacted smashing preferential treatment for incest abusers, strengthening penalties for child abuse, extending the statute of limitations for abuse victims and securing almost $200 million for law enforcement units that combat predators. Those laws will continue to protect children for many years and are a legacy of PROTECT members. The volume of legislation PROTECT passes is on the increase, as we replicate successful campaigns in new states. In 2015-16, we will also focus on legislative drafting for child protection. List of legislation passed. (Photo: President Obama signs PROTECT's Child Protection Act)
193,619,000 dollars in funding secured for child protection
PROTECT works on a variety of legislation, including bills to reform criminal laws, close legal loopholes that hurt children and strengthen penalties for crimes against children. But all the laws in the world won't protect children if there is not adequate funding to enforce them. That's why one of the most important battles we wage is to secure funding for those on the front lines of child protection. We are especially proud of these successes, because they prove our donors are leveraging their dollars many times over, with predictable, real-world results for children. One police detective was asked by a group of PROTECT supporters to give an example of our impact in practical terms. He told them that the first arrest by the first officer hired with PROTECT-secured funding was a sexual predator who had chosen his victim, printed maps to her home, ordered "torture implements" and was discussing his plans with other predators at the time of his arrest. Here's our running tally of law enforcement funding secured by PROTECT.
51 wounded warriors on a new battlefield, rescuing children
As 2014 ends, the National Association to Protect Children has begun the recruitment and screening of our third class of the H.E.R.O. Child-Rescue Corps. Each HERO is highly trained as a specialist in counter-child-exploitation, victim identification and child rescue. Fourteen members of our first class were hired by federal law enforcement in 2014. A second class of 13 is now embedded with law enforcement around the U.S. A third class of 24 HEROs is being recruited and begins training in April of 2015. We're not counting the fourth class yet, but look for a fourth wave of 24 more HEROs in late 2015. To learn more, visit our HERO Corps page. (Photo: Two HEROs on first search warrant)