GUARDIAN GROUP

Bringing the full fight to human trafficking

aka Guardian Group   |   Bend, OR   |  www.guardiangroup.org

Mission

To prevent and disrupt the sex trafficking of women and children while enabling partners to identify victims and predators in the United States.

Ruling year info

2007

Founder + CEO

Jeff Keith

Main address

1900 NE 3rd Street Suite 106 #40

Bend, OR 97701 USA

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EIN

72-1613750

NTEE code info

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

Child Abuse, Prevention of (I72)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Human trafficking is universally recognized as a form of modern day slavery. And although it has long been viewed as a crime that occurs only in distant countries, the reality is that it affects every city and community in the United States. Sex Trafficking occurs in the shadows at an unprecedented scale! In the United States alone: - The average age of being forced into sex trafficking in the US is 15 years old. - 75% of survivors reported are being sold online. - 99% of traffickers are never prosecuted. - 83% of victims are US Citizens. - 25% of victims sold online, reported they saw more than 10 buyers per day.

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?

Sector-specific Training and Consulting Program

Guardian Group has created comprehensive training and educational tools to teach personnel about sex trafficking and equip them to recognize and respond to suspected incidents. Personnel from the hospitality and healthcare sectors along with first responders and law enforcement officers are in a unique position to identify potential victims, thereby deterring future trafficking activities in their place of work with the proper training. Ultimately, the goal of this program is for personnel to be the eyes and ears that can recognize and respond to these crimes and to protect the business from inherent risks if and when an incident of human trafficking occurs.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
At-risk youth

Specialized in-house training and consulting, designed to empower Law Enforcement, DAs and Task Forces to combat trafficking. Guardian Group is a unique organization designed to train Law Enforcement and assist them with developing and implementing comprehensive counter trafficking strategies. This training has clear, measurable goals, integrates leadership with planning, fuses operations and intelligence, and is designed for application specific to the client and their desired results.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Victims and oppressed people

Capture indicators of human trafficking and provide prosecution packets to the appropriate agencies for response, investigation and follow-up, satisfying the need for obtaining and disseminating actionable information to the appropriate agency or organization. Through our networked organization we will enable law enforcement to identify victims and traffickers.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Victims and oppressed people

Provides a local solution to the human trafficking problem, through organizing working groups to create a unified response system to counter sex trafficking and coordinating rescue and restorations for victims. Guardian Group is a collaborative team that provides resources, expertise, and information with the goal of maximizing the ability to identify victims and traffickers.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
At-risk youth

Where we work

Awards

Nonprofit of the Year 2018

Bend Chamber of Commerce

Peoples Choice Award 2018

Bend Chamber of Commerce

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2018)

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 first-time donors

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of stings supported

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

At-risk youth, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Intelligence Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of sex trafficking leads developed

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

At-risk youth, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Intelligence Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of sex trafficking victims identified

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

At-risk youth, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Intelligence Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people trained

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

Sector-specific Training and Consulting Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to in-person training limitations in 2020 an online course was developed exclusively for law enforcement. This combined with our revamped community and hotel courses will allow for scalability.

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.

Our approach can best be described as “holistic”, as in our Offense and our Defense rely on each other to help bring victims justice. Through our offensive component, we change the way resource-constrained law enforcement agencies are able to respond to trafficking situations. Our defensive strategy utilizes the power of communities, trained to recognize and respond to potential trafficking. Empowering people to view their role in the solution to stopping sex trafficking will not only aid in preventing future victims, but also impact future generations.

Guardian Group is actively involved in assisting Law Enforcement in their pursuit, apprehension, prosecution and conviction of predators. We work constantly to stop perpetrators before they can act by providing free support to Law Enforcement throughout the entire process. Our Pursuit Team is comprised of former elite military and intelligence professionals who provide services and training to Law Enforcement cost-free, enabling them to proactively pursue the crime of sex trafficking in the US.

Our Defense Team is making a difference through ensuring our communities have the vital tools they need to prevent sex trafficking here in the United States. Our unique and leading-edge professional training targets all industries exposed to this horrific crime, including the hospitality and travel industries, healthcare and victim service providers, law enforcement, and other anti-trafficking organizations. These programs are research based and evidence-driven, informed by the insights of those with lived experience, and are kept up-to-date and comprehensive, designed to help community partners understand current trends, emerging practices in enforcement and investigation, and the challenges associated with serving victims.

Through our offensive component, we change the way resource-constrained law enforcement agencies are able to respond to trafficking situations.

Our defensive strategy utilizes the power of communities, trained to recognize and respond to potential trafficking.

This fight is successful because of the support and collaboration of multiple partners. Together this network of committed individuals and organizations has impacted the lives of hundreds of victims and has prevented countless others.

The Guardian Group team draws upon decades of leadership and experience to achieve effects against human trafficking at the national level. We collaborate through our strategic partnerships with worldwide, world-class organizations that understand the social and business benefits of tackling this exponentially increasing social injustice.

- Created and implemented effective information gathering and dissemination practices to the capacity of law enforcement and prosecution teams

- Delivered professional recognition and response training for law enforcement, the hospitality and healthcare industries, task forces, victim service providers and anti-trafficking organizations throughout the country

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Guardian Group prides itself on keeping current and up-to-date on the problem of human trafficking in the US, as well as best practices and solutions to deter it. We invite, and even require feedback during our in-person and online trainings, which have been integrated into the updates sent to those we serve as well as into newer versions of Guardian Group trainings.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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GUARDIAN GROUP

Board of directors
as of 8/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Samuel Donnelly

Jeff Keith

Founder/CEO

Scott Lauray

Northwest Business Group

Samuel Donnelly

StratOps Patterson

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 02/11/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/29/2020

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Data
  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • 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.