Our Mission Statement
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.
Justice For Sierah, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to honor the life and legacy of Sierah Joughin.
Sierah was 20 years old when she was taken from our community in 2016 by a repeat violent offender. Following her death, Justice for Sierah worked tirelessly to lobby Ohio lawmakers for the passage of Sierah’s Law. In December 2018, Sierah’s Law passed unanimously in the Ohio House with a vote of 85-0. The law created a violent offender database now used by law enforcement and everyday citizens to find out where violent offenders live in our communities and to protect our families.
We are excited to announce the formation of the Sierah Strong Program, this program will empower our youth to be self-aware and practice self-defense. We are working with education leaders to create a curriculum-based program that will be taught annually for kindergarten through eighth grade in Ohio schools. Sierah Strong will meet state standards and be ingrained in our education system that self-defense, empowerment, and knowledge are the first step towards protecting our youth.
We continue to provide Sierah Strong for the community as well. This program provides a KidPrint ID, which is a laminated ID that features the child’s photo, vital statistics such as height, weight and hair color along with a fingerprint to help find a missing child. The program also teaches self-awareness and self-defense techniques and is available for all kids ages 6-16. We have empowered over 500 kids to date and will continue to provide this program FREE of charge to our community.
We organize two major fundraisers, Spirit of Sierah Run and our newest event, Sierah’s Birthday Soiree. Funds raised at these events are the foundations of support to allow us to continue the implementation of Sierah’s Law in all 50 states. These funds additionally help us to develop and launch Sierah Strong in Ohio schools, with our first efforts starting in our local community, while also allowing us to provide Sierah Strong for the community FREE of charge.
Sierah’s dreams were cut short by a senseless, preventable act, but now we fight to make her new dream a reality: that no one in our community is threatened by a repeat offender ever again.