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Mosaic Georgia, Inc.

Sexual Assault Center & Children's Advocacy Center

Duluth, GA   |  www.mosaicgeorgia.org

Mission

Mosaic Georgia (a Sexual Assault Center & Children's Advocacy Center) is a "dual agency" whose mission is to take action and guide change for the safety, health, and justice for children and adults impacted by sexual violence and abuse. Our strategies to improve safety, health, and justice: 1. Direct services: crisis intervention with forensic medical care, advocacy, counseling & support, legal services to individuals (in client-centered, trauma-informed approach); 2. Prevention strategies: education, awareness, policy work to eliminate social conditions that allow for sexual violence; and 3. Collaboration and professional education: build capacity of local community response to crime victims.

Notes from the nonprofit

Victims of sex crimes and their immediate family experience intense disruption following disclosure of assault/abuse. In addition to standard services of certified Sexual Assault Centers & Children's Advocacy Centers, we also provide: * 24/7 medical forensic care for children, youth, and adults in our center. * Later-care through our Resilience Center (see below) Opened in 2021, the Mosaic Resilience Center offers services to improve safety, healing and recovery including: * Civil Legal services (for issues arising from the violence); * Housing Navigation and support services; * Trauma-focused therapeutic care for children, youth, and adults; * Support Groups for teen and adult survivors, and non-offending caregivers of children who were molested/abused; * Wholeness Collective: series of movement and creative healing modalities; * Warm referrals to private therapists; and * Counseling scholarships

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director/CEO

Marina Sampanes Peed

Deputy Director

Lindsay Woon Ferreira

Main address

P.O. Box 1329

Duluth, GA 30096 USA

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Formerly known as

Gwinnett Rape Crisis, Inc.

Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center

EIN

58-1762829

NTEE code info

Rape Victim Services (F42)

Sexual Abuse, Prevention of (I73)

Victims' Services (P62)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Despite recent public awareness of sexualized violence with national initiatives such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #NoMore, sexual assault victimization still represents the single most under-reported violent crime. Public rebuke of victims who come forward reinforces the belief that disclosure will subject the victim to disbelief, bullying, and additional danger. The youth are watching how adults and leaders address this issue. Notably 27% of our community population are minors (under 18 years); and 51% of the population is female. Consequently, a youthful service area and more than 51% female qualify this service area as high-risk for incidents of sexual assault/abuse. Mosaic Georgia focuses on three issues pertaining to sexual violence: 1. Timely, quality victim services to promote safety, health, and justice. 2. Reducing community conditions that allow sexual violence to persist. 3. Strengthening local community responses to sexual assault/abuse.

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?

Forensic Medical Exams for Children & Adults

Mosaic Georgia employs experienced SANEs (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) to conduct forensic medical exams ("rape kits") for victims of child sexual abuse, rape, and sexual assault at the center.  
Advocacy specialists provide support and information to victims and non-offending family through the process.
Exams are available to adult victims who do not want to report assault to law enforcement.
 
Victims are then treated for sexually transmitted infections when appropriate.

The forensic information is delivered to law enforcement when the victim chooses to report the crime.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Many facets of life are affected by sexual assault or child sexual abuse. Our legal advocates work to minimize the harms with free legal assistance with civil issues that result from the sexual assault or abuse.

Issues include:
Temporary Protective Orders
Crime Victims Compensation appeals
Employment / Workplace
Education / School Environment
Financial
Family Law
Fraud / Identity Theft 
Health
Housing
Personal Safety
Privacy

Services are provided at no charge.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Economically disadvantaged people

Mosaic Georgia's professional and volunteer advocates staff our 24/7 crisis line (866-900-6019) and provide support for victims and their families.

We  assist  with:

* Crisis  intervention

* Completion of the Georgia Crime Victim Compensation application

* Personal and family advocacy

* Follow up medical care and counseling resources

* Court accompaniment

* Support throughout the criminal justice process

* Civil litigation information

* Referrals to independent, professionally licensed counselors.

*  Information referrals

Our staff provide these services in English, Spanish, and Korean. We use interpreters for Deaf and other languages preferred by our clients.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Ongoing outreach to local colleges, organizations, and others: inform that Mosaic Georgia can provide forensic medical and advocacy services to victims who are not ready to involve law enforcement yet want evidence collected and preserved. The assault does not have to occur in Gwinnett County for us to serve them.

We also promote community awareness about the nature of sexual violence and child sexual abuse; debunk the myths; encourage compassion and teach prevention strategies for the community.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

Mosaic Georgia’s professional training services focus on building capacity of local community’s response to sexual assault with professional training for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners.

Focus in 2019 is to increase the number of SANEs in process to become certified to conduct forensic medical exams in Gwinnett County and across the state.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE – Adult/Adolescent) Training:
Classroom: week-long didactic course, followed by monitoring of preceptorship

Clinical Skills & Preceptorship: Mosaic Georgia provides for SANE-in-training to develop skills and proficiency so they can provide services in their communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Military personnel

As a Children's Advocacy Center, we provide a range of services to assist sexually abused children and reduce the impact of secondary trauma with:
* Forensic interviews (requested by law enforcement or Department of Family & Children's Services)
* Forensic medical exams (requested by law enforcement or Department of Family & Children's Services)
* Advocacy and support for children and non-offending family
* Case coordination in partnership with law enforcement and Department of Family & Children's Services

Special Features:
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) response services. We have a specialty team that provides trauma-informed assessment, interviews, care, and case management for children/youth who experience CSEC.

Bi-lingual staff provide forensic interviews, advocacy, and legal services in Spanish and English.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

The Need for Trauma-focused Mental Health Care
People who have experienced sexual trauma have endured a life-altering event that impacts not only the way they view themselves, but also the way they view the world. The neurobiological harms from sexual harms can have lasting and debilitating effects if not treated with competent, trauma-focused mental health care. Reporting and recovering from sexual violence is compounded by social and system dynamics.
Range of Services:
Acute triage & intervention after disclosure of sexual abuse, assault, or trafficking.
RYSE assessment for CSEC response.
Individual trauma-focused therapy plans for children, youth, & adult survivors.
Support Groups - therapeutic and psychoeducational, customized for specific populations
Peer Support Groups - peer-led in partnership with Saprea
Wholeness Collective: trauma-informed healing and wellness modalities with culturally based approaches: art, music, yoga, dance, hiking, and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Parents
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Awards

Scott D. Hudgens Humanitarian Award 2020

Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

Children's Advocacy Centers of Georgia 2022

Statewide CSEC Response Team 2022

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 new victims of sexual abuse/assault served

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

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Gender and sexual identity

Related Program

Victim Advocacy & Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Reflects number of NEW victims served in the calendar year. Services for clients whose assault occurred in prior years are not included in this count. 1/3 of these clients are less than 12 years

Number of forensic medical exams for victims of sexual violence

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

Children and youth, Adults, Young adults

Related Program

Forensic Medical Exams for Children & Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As a community-based sexual assault center, we provide forensic medical services outside the hospital setting (unless medically necessary for the patient/victim) with victim advocate support.

Number of forensic interviews for minors who may have experienced sexual or physical abuse

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Related Program

Children's Advocacy Center - Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The CAC model reduces trauma for children and their safe adults by conducting interviews at our center (instead of police station or hospital). If an exam is prudent, that service is also provided.

Number of advocacy services provided

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Victim Advocacy & Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Advocates help people put their lives back together piece by piece after the disclosure of sexualized violence. You are not alone.

Number of legal advocacy services provided

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Legal Assistance after Sexual Violence

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A wide range of civil legal assistance for safety, housing, employment, custody, school, and Crime Victims Compensation.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

SAFETY: Victim/Survivor Safety
• Personal safety is improved as a result of our crisis, advocacy, and legal services.
• Immediate and future safety is enhanced through legal services including: TPO, determination of child custody & child support; legal separation or divorce from offender.

HEALTH: Increased Confidence of Victims to Report Assault or Seek Services
• Law enforcement agencies refer more reports of sexual assault to Mosaic Georgia.
• Number of victims who do not wish to report their assaults to law enforcement seek services from Mosaic Georgia increases by 25%.
• Number of victims of sexual violence who receive services at Mosaic Georgia increases by 30%.

JUSTICE: Increased reporting, investigation, and conviction of sex offenders
• Victims report sex crimes in timely manner so investigations can be more effective.
• Investigations are enhanced with forensic interviews and forensic medical exams provided by Mosaic Georgia.
• Confidence of victims in criminal justice system increases as their participation improves outcomes.

PREVENTION: Shift social conditions to reduce incidences of child sexual abuse and sexualized violence among youth and adult populations.
• Youth and college students understand issues of consent, coercion, and dynamics of sexual assault with skills to intervene
• Adults entrusted with children & youth are aware of impacts of child sexual abuse and are equipped to assist a child and her/his family if a disclosure is made
• Parents, employers, and educators create safe environment and culture that discourage sexual harm

CAPACITY: Communities across Georgia have expertise required to respond to victims of sexual assault/abuse.
• Nurses are trained as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners
• Local law enforcement personnel are trained and skilled to work with this victim population.

Crime Victim Services: Multi-disciplinary approach that is victim-centered and agency neutral includes:
1. 24/7 Crisis Intervention;
2. Investigative (forensic) medical examinations and care;
3. Forensic interviews (of children);
4. Advocacy services (accompaniment, support, information);
5. Legal services (civil issues related to abuse/assault);
6. Wellness/mental health resources.

Community Education & Prevention: Broad outreach with evidence based methods for each constituency:
1. Campus outreach & advocacy;
2. Community awareness and prevention;
3. Darkness2Light workshops for youth-serving adults.

Community responses: Participate in local Sexual Assault Protocols and Child Abuse Protocols and Strengthen local systems by building capacity of local professionals including:
1. Didactic & clinical training for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE)
2. Law Enforcement
3. Medical professionals
4. Emergency Department personnel
5. Educators

DIRECT SERVICES:
Mosaic Georgia delivers direct services using a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) model.
The SART Coordinators, Victim Advocates, and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are employees of Mosaic Georgia and all services are provided in the privacy of its free-standing facility.

Forensic Medical Exams: Mosaic Georgia provides adolescent, adult and pediatric medical-forensic exams, assessment and evidence collection on-site by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners
Follow-up Exams: Exams are completed at Mosaic Georgia and may include: forensic medical re-examination, STI labs, and appropriate referrals.
Legal Advocacy: Mosaic Georgia has a full-time staff attorney and will hire a bi-lingual legal advocate and legal intern to provide legal assistance and advocacy to victims/families.
Medical Accompaniment: Advocates continue to provide medical accompaniment for all victims at Mosaic Georgia. Medical-forensic exams are completed at Mosaic Georgia (or the hospital if injury dictates). Mosaic Georgia advocates work directly with SANEs in care of all victims.
Assistance with Crime Victim’s Compensation: Mosaic Georgia’s staff attorney assists with applications, compile documents, and submit claims and appeals.

COMMUNITY CONDITIONS:
Mosaic Georgia employs a Campus Outreach Advocate, an Asian Outreach Advocate, and Public Health Educator to provide education, skill building, and resources in the community.

COMMUNITY RESPONSE:
Mosaic Georgia personnel are actively engaged in local sexual assault and child abuse protocols daily and facility monthly multi-disciplinary team meetings with allied partners. Several of its staff leaders oversee and deliver professional training as subject-matter experts.

Since 1986, Mosaic Georgia has provided 24/7 core services for sexual assault victims and remains true to the mission to meet the safety and health needs of persons victimized by sexual assault or child sexual abuse.

Mosaic Georgia now operates a center with forensic, medical, legal, and support services for people of all ages who experience sexual abuse or assault. As funding increased to adequately staff the Sexual Assault Response Team, cases have increased 30% from 2017 to 2018. Our SANEs provided more than 4,000 forensic exams since 1997.

The Legal Services program was expanded in 2018 and many clients received representation with civil legal issues arising from the abuse/assault. Safety issues including child custody, divorce, and housing are important for victims to rebuild their lives.

SANE Training: Since 2007, 525 nurses and medical professionals completed the week-long didactic Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Course.

Mosaic Georgia is actively engaged as a leading partner with numerous team and committee forums addressing a spectrum of victim services needs. Mosaic Georgia directly serves on the following: the Gwinnett Child Abuse Protocol Committee, Sexual Assault Protocol Committee; Child Fatality Committee; Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT); Gwinnett Coalition Commercial Sexual Assault Prevention committee, and the Rockdale Sexual Assault Protocol, in addition to other committees.

WHAT’S NEXT:
Improved SART Coordination: On-call SART Coordinator, Victim Advocate, and SANE with interpreter if necessary and private security if law enforcement is not present. Services delivered at Mosaic Georgia unless required at local hospital. Victims access services through law enforcement or direct arrangement with Mosaic Georgia.

Forensic Medical Exams & Forensic Interviews: SANE and Forensic Interviewers delivery services accompanied by Victim Advocates for victim and family. Services delivered at Mosaic Georgia unless required at local hospital.

Post FME Victim/family Advocacy: Two (2) Victim Advocate positions are needed to serve the increased victim caseload experienced in 2018 and projected for 2019 and beyond.

Legal Advocacy & Assistance: As requests for legal service exceed staff capacity, we will contract with low-bono attorney services.

Mental Health Services: Plan to hire a full-time licensed counselor and coordinator for linkages to licensed, trauma-informed therapists to provide direct services (therapy and support groups) to our clients in multiple locations. Victims access services through direct arrangement with Mosaic Georgia.

Information Systems/Technology Improvements: To improve efficiency and more readily capture and measure outputs and impacts, Mosaic Georgia is raising funds to fully-implement its 3 year technology plan. With several “lines of business” with unique confidentiality requirements, the information system solution must be carefully designed and properly implemented.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Mosaic Georgia, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Catherine Marchiando

Guidian Healthcare Consultants

Term: 2022 - 2024

Catherine Marciando

Guidian Healthcare Consultants

M. Deborah Millette

Candice Pitman

Gwinnett Co. Sheriff's Office

Katherine Kyle

Georgia Gwinnett College

Ginny Wurrtemberg

Northside Hospital

Clay Hunter

Gwinnett County Public Schools

Juan Mejia

JCM Ventures

Helen Kim

HKH Law, LLC

Michael Davis

GUIDE, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/8/2023

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, Not transgender

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/17/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.