Crime, Legal Related

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

1962

Founder + CEO

Jeff Keith

Main address

1900 NE 3rd Street Suite 106 #40

Bend, OR 97701 USA

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EIN

72-1613750

Cause area (NTEE code) info

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

Child Abuse, Prevention of (I72)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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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. This cultural blind spot is one of the biggest roadblocks in the successful prosecution of this crime, for even those who acknowledge that it can happen here rarely grasp the scale at which it occurs.

According to the International Labour Organization, (ILO), human trafficking has become the fastest growing and most profitable crime in existence. Worldwide, it is estimated the 21 million people are victims of some form of trafficking or forced labor. One out of four of these victims are children, and more than half are women and girls.

In the United States, the most common form of human trafficking is the commercial sexual exploitation of women and children. This crime is currently a $100 billion-a-year industry.

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. With proper training, personnel are in a unique position to identify potential victims, thereby deterring future trafficking activities in their place of work. 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 illuminate, disrupt, and prosecute predators.

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 detect, illuminate, prevent, and deter predators.

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 training workshops

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

Academics,Emergency responders,Military personnel

Related Program

Sector-specific Training and Consulting Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Guardian Group strived for quality over quantity in our training, with smaller audiences with more time invested.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

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

Academics,Emergency responders,Military personnel

Related Program

Sector-specific Training and Consulting Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Guardian Group is reaching max capacity with our team. Building out in 2019 is a focus. *This number does not include individuals trained through our online trainings.

Number of hours of training

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

Academics,Emergency responders,Military personnel

Related Program

Sector-specific Training and Consulting Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of cases in direct support of law enforcement and community

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

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

• Law enforcement and prosecutor trainings throughout the country<br/>• HT trainings for specialized groups <br/>• Guardian Seal Hospitality Training into 250 hotels<br/>• Continued development of Central Oregon CSEC Response Team<br/>• Operations that include data analysis and support to LE<br/>• Stand up 10 Regional Operating Centers in strategically placed regions throughout the US

Our Anti-Trafficking (ATr) strategy focuses on consulting with the private sector where sex trafficking occurs, namely the Hospitality, Travel, Tourism and Transportation industries. Every citizen in the U.S. needs to understand the principles of Anti-Trafficking to protect families and report it when they see it.<br/><br/>Our Counter-Trafficking (CTr) strategy that focuses on active involvement in the pursuit, apprehension, prosecution and incarceration of predators, namely with Law Enforcement, Security Professionals, Task Forces and District Attorneys. We are uniquely positioned through our experience, focus, and training to engage in this fight.

Guardian Group selectively employs retired law enforcement personnel and U.S. Veterans, specifically those from within the intelligence, analytics and tactical divisions of Army Special Operations Forces. These skilled individuals work out of Regional Operating Centers (ROCs) placed strategically in major metropolitan centers throughout the United States. <br/><br/>Each team member draws upon decades of experience fusing intelligence and operations to achieve counter network 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.

Guardian Group has developed meaningful metrics that match our strategic approach to combating sex trafficking in the United States. Our intention was to establish baseline metrics that clearly show the effects of counter-trafficking efforts upon the reporting, pursuit, apprehension, prosecution and incarceration of predators. <br/><br/>Guardian Group defined two primary lines of effort in our strategy: PURSUIT & ENABLEMENT - Active measures to empower law enforcement in counter-trafficking efforts, and PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - Active measures to train and educate individuals and organizations to recognize and report suspected trafficking incidents. <br/><br/>Guardian Group has assigned quantitative values to the following progress indicators that are complimentary and necessary as part of a comprehensive counter-trafficking strategy:<br/>• Predator Arrested <br/>• Victim Rescued <br/>• Exploitation Cycle Disrupted <br/>• Develop Law Enforcement CSEC Team <br/>• Develop Local Strategy <br/>• Develop Target for Prosecution <br/>• Conduct Operational Development <br/>• Conduct Link Analysis <br/>• Develop Patterns and Trends <br/>• Conduct Gap Analysis <br/>• Provide Victim Assistance <br/>• Generate Leads <br/>• Develop a Collection Plan <br/>• Create Tactical Products <br/>• Tips & Reports Generated <br/>• Full Corporate Partnership <br/>• Train 10 Corporations <br/>• Train 5 Law Enforcement Officers <br/>• Train 100 Individuals <br/>• Train & Educate 1000 Individuals Online

- Created and implemented effective information gathering and dissemination practices to the capacity of law enforcement and prosecution teams, having assisted in over 300 potential trafficking cases across the country - Delivered professional recognition and response training for law enforcement, the hospitality and travel industries, task forces, victim service providers and anti-trafficking organizations throughout the country - Trained thousands of front-line employees of the hotel and travel industries to better identify, report and respond to incidents

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 the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: 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 the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: 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.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our community partners.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.

  • 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.

Financials

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

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GUARDIAN GROUP

Board of directors
as of 9/10/2020
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 04/29/2020

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

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/29/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

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.

Keywords

Anti- Human Trafficking, Interdiction, Prevention, Human Trafficking Task Force, Exploited Children, Sex trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Child trafficking