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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Military & Veterans Organizations, Protection Against Abuse, Veterans

Mission: Guardian Group’s mission is to prevent and disrupt the sex trafficking of women and children while enabling partners to identify victims and predators in the United States.

Target demographics: GG is bringing the full fight to human trafficking.

Geographic areas served: The United States

Programs: 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. Together, we can bring help to those who need it.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Heather G.10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I worked with Guardian Group in a professional capacity to help promote their mission and I can't say enough great things about them. Their passion for the work they do is extremely clear. My point of contact at the organization, Andrea, was always making sure to add, update, review the material on their site to ensure it was optimized for searches. She worked closely with me to ensure that she was doing everything in her power to make sure that their mission was getting out there. Thank you for what you do Guardian Group! You're truly making a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a retired detective, I can’t say enough about Guardian Group. They provide a service to law enforcement that is invaluable not only because of the time they save officers but because of their thoroughness and attention to detail. There are not enough law enforcement officers in this country dedicated to the fight against sex trafficking, and Guardian Group helps to bridge that gap. They not only assist law enforcement but more importantly, they provide a voice to those who have none. Guardian Group has helped countless survivors and will continue to do so well into the future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They really know what they are talking about. They share actionable data and tips that everyone can use in their lives to become more aware of sex trafficking and what to do personally to prevent or stop sex trafficking from happening.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across Guardian Group after my own personal experience seeing exploitation happen in my own backyard, at the mall of all places. It was an eye-opening experience for me and my tween daughter to say the least. Seeing what is happening in my own backyard in this seedy underworld of sex trafficking is abhorrent on a level I can't even describe. Children are being exploited by predators who act as though they are free to do what they do, barely disguising their activity. Guardian Group really provides an opportunity for people with a specific skills-set to help find these children at risk and who are suffering from such tremendous oppression from their traffickers. Understanding the psychology of the predators and more importantly, the victims, helped me really recognize what to look for, what vulnerabilities are exploited and the overt signs anyone could learn to see with some education. I do not see teens the same way as I did before. I have learned how to identify what predators see as simply 'targets.' Educating and observing young people I come in contact with will simply never be the same again.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm amazed by the Guardian Group.
This small team of individuals; work so hard to help people who desperately need them.
My introduction to the work they do started with social media. Shortly after I had the chance to attend one of the educational presentations, I'm thankful that I did.
The presenters educate others on this difficult topic with care and the ability to gracefully direct focus on where to help. The professionalism balanced with the reality of what is currently happening around us in our communities is impressive.
The dedication and kindness this team demonstrates is an inspiration.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I've worked with Guardian Group for over five years now and can say these are some of the most dedicated and professional colleagues I've ever had the pleasure of supporting. They are relentlessly dedicated to the mission and have a real vision for impacting this very difficult problem of sex trafficking in the US. I look forward to the future for this team and watching it expand its critical role in the fight against sex trafficking.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a detective with a rural Sheriff's Office in Oregon. I've reached out to Guardian Group in the past for assistance in cases involving human trafficking/at-risk juvenile runaways. Guardian Group has provided valuable intelligence to me that I likely wouldn't have discovered on my own. They have proven to be a great resource for law enforcement agencies, particularly ones like my own that have limited personnel and capabilities. They are a group that is motivated, that is experienced, and that cares.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This nonprofit group is definitely top notch. The vetted intelligence leads provided to us reference Human Trafficking have been invaluable to the law enforcement community. Guardian Group has identified potential victims of human trafficking and provided those leads to my agency for case vetting and cultivation. They focus on identifying a problem and providing it to agencies who are dedicated to investigating these crimes. I know when I receive a lead from Guardian Group, it is well vetted and is most likely worth my time looking into.

Thank you for all that you do!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have used Guardian Group's assistance with multiple trafficking investigations. They are very helpful, through, ethical and professional. I would not hesitate to utilize Gradian Group and any local investigation of human trafficking.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do an incredible work helping those who have suffer through human trafficking in any form. I thank that this organizationd and others like this one help to end this abomination in the world

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to work with the Guardian Group as a Law Enforcement officer since 2017. Not only have they provided valuable information to assist with cases and case development, they have also provided training that has helped myself and fellow LE exploit and prosecute Human Trafficking cases. I will forever be a supporter of what they do and the value they provide to us and to the victims/survivors of these cases. Thank you GG!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've personally worked with Guardian Group on multiple occasions and they have 100% of the time been faithful to return contact and provide service above and beyond expectation. Every contact with Guardian Group is professional and trustworthy. I've been impressed with their resources, knowledge, and willingness to help on every assignment I've needed their help on. They've attended meetings to provide help and build relationships with our organizations and agencies. I'm excited to continue to Guardian Group as a resource and trusted partner in the work we do together.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have had the privilege to work with Guardian Group in their pursuit of justice and safety for women and girls. Their model combination of defense and offense and their literally “best in the world” capabilities are an important force to make our world a better, safer, and more humane place.

Donor

Rating: 5

Guardian Group is a phenomenal organization run by amazing individuals doing great work on behalf of the trafficked population here in the US.

Grateful to the men and women of this group that work tirelessly to educate organizations, assist in locating and rescuing, and fighting on behalf of those unable too.

Donor

Rating: 5

this nonprofit sets the standard for "nonprofit groups". It is highly efficient in its efforts, made up of individuals who have given their skillsets, training, and their livelihood to this cause. I cannot speak more highly in my regard I hold for this organization.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe in raising awareness to flight this crime, and it's a common topic I bring up in conversation.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The members of this organization do a magnificent job of educating the general population about human trafficking, and assisting law enforcement. I wish their platform could expand exponentially! I have been interacting with them for many years, and they continue to impress with their impactful work. They truly are American Heroes!!
Maureen O'Connell
FBI Retired
President
InfraGard National (INMA)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Scmselfpreservation working in Va.
Supporters of Truckers against trafficking. Have taught 300 teens and parents on the indicators and abduction prevention.
We love Guardian Group.
Soon will be supporting you also.
Jeff

Advisor

Rating: 5

I feel so fortunate to be able to be a part of the Advisory Board for the Guardian Group. As a leader in our local hospital system, it was impressive to me that the Bend Guardian Group wanted to involve people from local businesses in order to provide wider knowledge and education in the fight against human trafficking. Their partnership with local healthcare facilities, law enforcement, the hospitality sector and many more, will allow us as a community to spread knowledge and make a difference. This group is focused, determined and have great leader, Amanda Gow, leading the charge!

Shannon A.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friend is on the board of Guardian Group and has definitely opened my eyes to what is the reality of sex trafficking not only in big cities or third world countries, but right here in Bend, OR.
I try my best to share the posts she shares, so my entire community can be aware and educated on the myths and truths behind trafficking. Although it may be disturbing at times, we all need to help everyone become aware on the signs, the dangers and the prevalence of the horrific nature of this ‘business’ of selling of sexual acts (many unwilling/forced individuals are underage, even as young as toddler aged). Please do your part and help spread the word. Educate.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with them for years and two things really impress me. They are highly focused. And two they have always utilized my time well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Guardian Group is the first non-profit I've truly felt passionate about supporting. One reason for this is they potentially saved my daughter from a would-be trafficker. My daughter attended one of Guardian Group's free mother/daughter informational/self defense courses. Later that summer, while traveling alone, my then 13 year old daughter was approached by a older man while she was sitting at her gate waiting to board her plane. She told me there were plenty of open seats at the terminal, but the man chose to sit right next to my daughter. The man started asking my daughter questions and she got an uneasy feeling. While recounting the story to me, my daughter told me she remembered learning, from the class put on by Guardian Group, that if you show confidence, through direct eye contact, a potential trafficker is less likely to pursue you. My daughter told me that she answered the man's questions while looking him directly in the eyes. It wasn't long before the man stood up and left. All young girls and women should have this training. It could save a life.

Sami B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Guardian Group is an amazing group of humans that do amazing hard work. It's not easy to wake up every day and go to work knowing the stories you'll hear. They are fighting against something that most people just want to ignore because they can't fathom it.

I'm constantly impressed with their dedication, problem-solving and solution-based strategies that make a difference and a massive impact!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was in a group that received the hotel/hospitality training with Andrea and Amanda on July 20, 2019. They were both extremely knowledgeable about the information they were providing. Both ladies were personable and fun, which is turn, kept the audience engaged and interactive throughout the entire day. The training they presented was laid out in a professional manner, with photos and videos which helped show the enormity of human trafficking. I was impressed that they were familiar with the human trafficking laws that had recently passed in our State and that showed me they had done their research prior to our training. I was able to meet both Andrea and Amanda personally and have the opportunity to talk with them during lunch regarding the anti-trafficking efforts going on in our State and across the U.S. They were interested in our short film, Hidden Gem, that we produced about human trafficking that was inspired by actual events, and we had a great conversation! I would highly recommend Guardian Group for human trafficking training.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Guardian Group is an amazing organization that is doing impactful work in the counter human trafficking space.

1 Shannon K.4

Donor

Rating: 5

Guardian Group is very innovative in its approach to fight sex trafficking of minors by attacking the root issues. Their team of experts is unparalleled in the field, so your investment in their work is an investment for all children.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The staff at Guardian Group share an unwavering commitment to stopping human trafficking. Their training and support has been tailored to meet my unique needs. Their professionalism and dedication are an inspiration.

1 Misty1911

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I attended a lecture hosted by the Guardian Group in Bend, Oregon. I was extremely impressed by their complete knowledge and dedication. Within a week or so, I began their online classes. Because of Guardian Group, I am a active volunteer teaching about Human Trafficking to others.
I highly recommend everyone to look into this organization to expand your knowledge in Human Trafficking. This epidemic is all over the United State and abroad. Through supporting Guardian Group, education and knowledge, we can all help in this crises. We can NO longer turn a blind eye to what is happening to our children and women any longer. No one is immune to the threat of Human Trafficking, the predators do not care!
There is no other organization so passionate and dedicated as the Guardian Group.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to attend training presented by this organization. They are focused and passionate about ending human trafficking. Based on the information I learned at their training, I am more aware and can better identify predators and the tactics they use to perpetuate their crimes. Thank you Guardian Group and keep up the great work.

1 Rachel R.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first contacted the guardian group when I struggled keeping up with supervision of sex traffickers in Community Corrections field. I lacked current knowledge of their mode of operations as well as online technology to monitor their curent behavior. Not only did the guardian group take the time to work with me and teach me some “tools” as well as assist me with a few of my cases, they also provided free training to other officers from all over the state in our quarterly sex offender supervision network meeting. These warriors (and that is what they are) are amazing, selfless and driven individuals who are making a difference by saving one victim at a time.

1 Caeli C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love everything they stand for! Very knowledgeable as well as a great resource for the community. I especially love the free self defense classes they host. I leave feeling more safe and knowing how to protect myself both physically as well as what to watch for.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I was so encouraged when I heard about Guardian Group. It is beyond amazing and brave that these groups of warriors exist to tackle the insidious secret cesspool of trafficking. I myself am a survivor of trafficking and have seen the darkest side of humanity in such a way that I can never see it the same. These heroes go IN, on purpose. They don't brag. They don't want credit. They simply fight for the rights and the voices of those who are currently trapped or muted. I can't say thank you, enough. I am not able to do "this work" as it is too close to home for me. But I stand behind you and cheer you on from the sidelines with a thankful heart and a fiery resolve to continue helping from the shadows. Kissing the cockroach...in me.