The Innocent Justice Foundation

When we support the heroes, they can save more children.

aka Child Molesters Behind Bars Keeping Children Safe   |   Encinitas, CA   |  www.innocentjustice.org

Mission

The Innocent Justice Foundation is 501(c)(3) charitable organization working to help eradicate child sexual exploitation by offering mental health and wellness training and resources to support justice and other professionals exposed to child exploitation material in the work environment, and by educating the public about the epidemic of child exploitation in the United States. Our belief is that only through heightened public awareness and action, active policymakers and fully­ equipped law enforcement units can we meet the challenge of rescuing victims, stopping predators, and slowing the astronomical pace of the production of child exploitation material, which document crime scenes and instigate further abuse of children.

Ruling year info

2008

President & CEO

Ms. Beth Medina

Main address

2240 Encinitas Blvd. Suite D4

Encinitas, CA 92024 USA

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EIN

77-0709388

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Management & Technical Assistance (F02)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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Our programs

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The Innocent Justice Foundation

The Innocent Justice Foundation (TIJF) supports heroes in your community who are doing the brave and hard work of protecting us. People in helping roles are often profoundly affected by their exposure to indirect trauma. These heroes pay an emotional cost for their service and we help them mitigate the vicarious trauma they endure.

TIJF assists individuals, teams and corporate structures to develop resilience in the face of vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress and burnout. They may accumulate and carry exposure to trauma-including images, sounds and specific haunting details. Having strong structures in the helping sector is paramount to increase safety for our community.

Our focus has been training members of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program (a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing over 4,500 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies).

Attending these trainings are law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, child advocacy workers, social workers, digital forensic investigators, parole personnel, etc.

We are broadening our reach! Our aim is to train the following heroes: first responders, crisis management teams, fire, medical, school and 911 personnel, clergy, hospice workers, mental health professionals, and more...

Population(s) Served
Adults

We educate the public about child sexual exploitation and abuse online, the increase in predatory behavior online, and how to help keep children safe.

Population(s) Served

We offer mental health and wellness training nationwide to law enforcement, justice and affiliates professionals exposed to child exploitation material at work.

Population(s) Served
Adults

HART is a mental health and wellness program that focuses on supporting professionals who work in roles that expose them to traumatic materials and events, and the trauma of others.

Helping Advocates Rebound from Trauma is a training in vicarious trauma mitigation, offering an explanation of how the brain works, and tools and techniques to identify and mitigate the symptoms of vicarious trauma. We believe that when we support our community heroes, they can save more children, help more victims, and build stronger communities. Who might benefit from this program? Law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel, social service providers, those working in victim services, child advocates, and those in other “helping” professions.

The program includes the following topics:
What is vicarious trauma?
Definitions of trauma responses
Identifying signs and symptoms of trauma
Tools and techniques for building resilience
Application of coping skills
Incorporation of team and family support

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

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How we listen

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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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We provide vicarious trauma mitigation training to law enforcement, first responders, and human services professionals who are exposed to traumatic material and events, or victim stories in their professions.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email, Follow up discussions with presenters/commanders,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, other,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The COVID crisis has required our programs to offer more virtual trainings. We modeled our virtual trainings on our in-person trainings which allow for more time for personal interaction and discussion among attendees. We tried to get that kind of interaction in virtual, however, the feedback was that the virtual trainings were too long. We adjusted to meet the needs the best we can and edited where we could, but still keep an impactful program. We have been asked to provide a short training of about 1.5 hours. Finding it important to keep the integrity of what we teach in-tact, we will be providing two 1.5 hour webinars on specific topics to support the needs of some clients. In-person trainings are preferred by many of our clients, and we are moving to get back to those as we shift.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Historically, getting people to complete surveys isn't easy. We have shifted the way we are offering survey questions, and constantly looking for better ways to get the feedback. We have included survey questions within the virtual trainings as part of the participation activity, and tell our attendees that their answers help us to provide better programming for them. Often we find that those most engaged are willing to support this effort, and share our programs with others.

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

    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 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,

  • 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 are exploring new ways to collect feedback to encourage more participation,

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The Innocent Justice Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Katie Alexander

The Occupational Therapy Institute

Term: 2018 -

Katie Alexander

Christy Lundy

Pinomontti/Lundy Group

Stacey Levenson

Levinson & Levison

Ray Valenzuela

Windermere Homes & Estates

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