Human Services

Thorn

Until every child can be a kid.

aka Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children

Manhattan Beach, CA

Mission

Thorn builds technology to defend children from sexual abuse. We believe that every child has the right to be safe, to be curious, to be happy. We work with the sharpest minds from tech, non-profit, government and law enforcement to stop the spread of child sexual abuse material, stand up to child traffickers and uncover new kinds of abuse. Technology is a powerful tool. We choose to use it for good. Our programs and products find child abuse victims faster, make online environments safer, and deter criminal behavior.

Ruling Year

2010

CEO

Julie Cordua

Founder

Ashton Kutcher

Main Address

1240 Rosecrans Ave Suite 120

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 USA

Formerly Known As

The Demi and Ashton (DNA) Foundation

Keywords

human trafficking, prevention child sexual abuse

EIN

27-0943677

 Number

5128186225

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Victims' Services (P62)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The rise of the internet has done for child sexual abusers the exact same thing it has done for everyone else - made it easier to share images, and build a community. There is a small group of people abusing our children, and we are a large community standing in strong opposition. We believe that technology is a tool, one we can use for incredible good. Thorn is a team of issue experts, business leaders, and engineers who build technology to defend children from sexual abuse. We are dedicated to ending child sex trafficking and eliminating child sexual abuse from the internet, and we won’t stop until every child can be a kid.

Our programs

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

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Research

Deterrence

Facilitating Industry Collaboration

Law Enforcement Tools

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our work has three pillars and one guiding vision. To build the world we believe in, we know we must: 1) Accelerate Victim Identification 2) Make Digital Environments Safer and 3) Deter Predatory Behavior. We do all of this so every child can be safe, curious, and happy.

We are only one player in a critical ecosystem working on behalf of our children. Building is a core value that informs every strategy in our organization. We build products and tools, partnerships and communities, that support and accelerate the impact and intentions of many people who are dedicated to defending children from sexual abuse.

In addition to a powerful team of experts, we work with the sharpest minds from tech, non-profit, government and law enforcement to stop the spread of child sexual abuse material, standing up to child traffickers and uncovering new kinds of abuse. Half of our 26 person staff are engineers and product managers focused on technology innovation and deployment. Our products would not be successful without the partnership we receive from the law enforcement users in every state, at every level of government and in 37 other countries who use our products, give us feedback, and work tirelessly to identify children.

We are making progress because children are being identified faster than ever before. Our team works closely with our product users to understand the impact our tools have in the field, and to make sure our tools maintain relevant and nimble for investigators. When our users share with us the impact our tools are having on their workflow, they say things like, “I use it everyday, it’s like Google for our work.” And, “On behalf of every child you’ll never meet, thank you.”

In the last five years, we have reached more than 2.6 million people globally through our child pornography deterrence program. Our tools are currently used by over 8,000 law enforcement officers in 37 countries, resulting in the identification of 10,000+ child sex trafficking victims and 847+ victims of child sexual abuse material.

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Financials

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable