Justice for Sierah, Inc.

Sylvania, OH


Justice for Sierah, Inc. is a non-profit organization working to protect communities by implementing the Ohio violent offender registry, known as Sierah’s Law, in all 50 states. Our work also includes empowering our youth by establishing self-awareness and self-defense into school curriculum and communities through the Sierah Strong Program.

Ruling Year



Tara Ice

Main Address

3810 Herr Rd

Sylvania, OH 43560 USA


education, legislation, self-defense





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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What we aim to solve

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has found that 61% of attempted child abductions occur between 2 pm and 7 pm when our children are coming home from school. They also found that 4 out of 5 children who have escaped their would-be abductors did something proactive (walked/ran away, kicked, yelled, or pulled away). Justice for Sierah aims to arm communities and individuals with the tools to improve the odds of a successful end to this all too common story.

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Our programs

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Sierah Strong

Where we work

Charting Impact

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Our goal is to improve how law enforcement protects communities by implementing a violent offender database, known in Ohio as Sierah's Law, in all 50 states while simultaneously empowering our youth by establishing self-awareness and self-defense programs into school curriculum and communities.

We are focusing on six strategies. 1. To develop a high-quality curriculum-based program that meets Ohio’s learning standards. 2. To empower each child with age-appropriate self-awareness and self-defense techniques through easy to learn instructional videos, comprehensive lesson plans, and evaluations for students and teachers. 3. To provide easy to learn instructional video training and certifications for the educators who will be teaching the program in the schools. 4. We will continue to organize Sierah Strong programs for the community free of charge to educate people about the importance of the program being taught in the school systems and provide for those, not in public or private schools. 5. We will continue to use our KidPrint ID printer as a safety tool for parents. The KidPrint ID is a laminated card with your child's photo along with vital statistics such as height, weight, eye color, hair color, and their fingerprint. 6. To build a strong relationship with the Ohio Attorney General's Office to collect data and vital statistics on Sierah's Law to create an informational brochure. This brochure will be shared with Senators from other states who are interested in bringing Sierah's Law into their legislation.

Our organization will meet our goals by working with education leaders to develop a curriculum-based program that has longevity and sustainability. We have a strong relationship with local school districts, superintendents, and local organizations that support our mission and efforts. We have a diverse group of professionals who specialize in Health and PE education, law enforcement, and security educators who are dedicated to developing this program. Ohio's Governor and local Senator have shown their support and willingness to help us meet our goals. Former Senator, Randy Gardner is on the board of Justice for Sierah and is dedicated to helping us move Sierah's Law into other states. Our fundraisers, Spirit of Sierah Run and Sierah’s Birthday Soiree financially support our free community programs and the cost of developing the program for the schools. We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers to help us organize our events and meet our fundraising goals.

Justice for Sierah will use evaluation methods that include participant and educator surveys, post-event assessments, and feedback that ensures our program is of high quality and effectively empowering our children while giving them the knowledge and confidence they need.

Justice for Sierah was formed following the tragic murder of Sierah Joughin in 2016. Just 2 years later, Justice for Sierah successfully advocated for the adoption of Sierah’s Law and the formation of the nations’ first Violent Offender Registry. In just a little over a year of offering Sierah Strong for the community, we have empowered over 500 children with self-awareness and self-defense techniques. The community class is free of charge and encouraged for all children, both boys and girls ages 6-16. With our strategic planning, we are expected to double the number of children we reach this year. Our goal is to have a Sierah Strong for the school pilot program in select schools by the beginning of 2021. Our inaugural fundraising gala, Sierah’s Birthday Soiree, exceeded our goal by more than 200%.

How We Listen

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

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.).
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: 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.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, 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.

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