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PROTECT ME PROJECT

Get there before the trafficker

Springfield, MO   |  https://www.protectmeproject.org

Mission

Protect Me Project exists to prevent commercial sexual exploitation in countries of origin.

Ruling year info

2012

Principal Officer

Carla Marroquin

Main address

521 W. Lynn St

Springfield, MO 65802 USA

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EIN

45-3636859

NTEE code info

Children's Rights (R28)

Community Coalitions (S21)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Some believe there are 50.3 million slaves in the world today. Statistics suggest .02% find freedom, and those who do suffer life-long trauma from their experience in slavery. Our organization exists to "get there before the trafficker" to prevent exploitation.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

100 Schools Project

Volunteers receive 32 hours of basic training in four elements: body awareness, emotional intelligence, human rights, and healthy attachment as well as the use of practical tools to get there before the trafficker.

Through music, art, drama, and play, Protect Me Project teams target local schools to collaborate with parents and teachers in teaching safe boundaries, body autonomy and healthy sexuality. Topics such as pornography use, self-worth, cyber-bullying, sexting, grooming, and human trafficking are covered with adolescents. The curriculum honors human dignity and authentic freedom.

Because tools are designed to be used in several sequential visits to the same schools, teams have reported developing trusting relationships with students. "The High School in our neighborhood has requested we return on a weekly basis." commented one team of volunteers in South America.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Build capacity and mobilize High School students to prevent commercial sexual exploitation locally. We invest 10 months per High School in 40 hours in-class training + 32 hours of follow-up and mentoring. Within the context of this project, students will present age appropriate anti-trafficking messages to six local public schools.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Parents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

100 Schools Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As reported by volunteer team lead.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

100 Schools Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of members from priority population attending training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In-person training.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Protect Me Project sees healthy communities where authentic freedom is experienced through a network of respectful relationships between male and female, between generations and within social structures.

We research and listen in order to understand vulnerabilities and abuse of power in our communities. We network and mobilize to protect the vulnerable, prevent their exploitation and enable their participation in community. Our target launch period is four years. After that Protect Me Project teams will be self-sustaining.

We ask ourselves: Which of these push/pull factors is closest to us? Who is most affected by these factors? What can we do…
• …to effect the most number of people
• …that represents the lowest risk to our volunteers
• …that requires the least amount of resources
• …that will render the highest probability of change
• …that will produce the healthiest outcome

Begin there.

We believe we have what we tolerate.

Protect Me Project works to raise awareness, build capacity and mobilize local volunteers.

We presently have trained leaders in thirteen countries of Latin America and the Caribbean who are building capacity among at-risk communities. Small teams of 6-10 volunteers establish a professional network of local service providers then mobilize to present awareness and prevention tools to families through the local school systems.

By the help of generous donations, both small and large, we are printing age-appropriate literature which allows communities to understand their rights and how to protect themselves from the push and pull factors feeding abuse and exploitation.

Our volunteers are local and present, making Protect Me Project's strategy far more than an awareness campaign. Although we do create awareness, we are also present in our communities for on-going input and sustainability. Our goal is to create zero tolerance zones for abuse and exploitation,

This year (2022) our volunteers translated our materials into Portuguese for work in Brazil. We've shifted our approach from events to on-going work in public schools. Today most teams are visiting schools in five-session contracts, as well as working to build capacity among parents, teachers and administrators.

Each year our groups participate in the "Red Sand Project" in July and the "White Ribbon Campaign" during October. The former is an awareness campaign focussed on human trafficking and the latter, to prevent porn consumption.

We are working with friends in the Dominican Republic who have a model for after-school drop in centers to offer a safe space for young people, provide them with assistance with their school work and a place to grow through mentoring relationships.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PROTECT ME PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Carla Marroquin

Dr. JoAnn Butrin

AGWM / expert in community health. C.O.O. PMP

David Ellis

Regional Director Latin America & Caribbean AGWM

Jon Barnett

Owner & C.E.O. EdinAlarm. C.F.O. PMP

Doug Marsh

Executive Director International Ministries AGWM

J. Stephen Earle

Larry Henderson

Regional Director Europe AGWM

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/1/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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