In 2016, Sierah Joughin’s life was cut short by a repeat violent offender. Since then, the Justice for Sierah organization has been committed to ensuring no more young people meet this fate. Our multifaceted approach for creating safe communities through empowerment, education, and advocacy is focused on preventing assaults and abductions and establishing systems for quicker recovery if someone is in danger.
Sierah Strong is our self-awareness and defense program that we provide to the community free of charge. We teach young people ages 6-16 how to defend themselves in dangerous situations and provide laminated KidPrint IDs that feature the child’s photo, fingerprint, and vital statistics to help find a missing child. Since starting in 2019, we have taught this program to nearly 900 young people!
Based on the success of our community programming, we have developed the Sierah Strong for the School’s curriculum to bring self-awareness and defense training into schools. Seven health and PE lessons teach functional skills to keep young people safe online and in the community. Our long-term goal is that Sierah Strong will be taught each year from kindergarten through 8th grade, with repetitive training making young people more likely to respond appropriately if faced with a compromising situation.
Following Sierah’s death, Sierah’s family worked tirelessly to educate Ohio lawmakers on the value of a violent offender database in providing community awareness and expediting the process of finding kidnapped individuals. In December 2018, Sierah’s Law passed unanimously in the Ohio House with a vote of 85-0, and it created a database that can now be used by law enforcement and everyday citizens to find out where violent offenders live in our communities.
Justice for Sierah’s vision is for young people to grow, learn and thrive with safe and supportive communities. Provide communities and schools with the tools to empower students with self-awareness and defense training and provide education on the importance of Sierah’s Law, nationwide.
Justice for Sierah, Inc. is a nonprofit organization working to protect communities by implementing the Ohio violent offender database, 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.
We believe empowered and prepared individuals are their own best advocates and are the best line of defense from potential harm.
We say what we will do, and we have the courage to do the right thing. We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards in teaching, public engagements, and service to our community, and we welcome accountability.
While we want every individual to be able to protect oneself, we also know that we are stronger as a community of individuals that care about the wellbeing of one another.
We honor the intrinsic dignity, autonomy, and worth of each person. We treat others the way we want to be treated, and we ask that of our community.
We research and evaluate the necessities of the curriculum to maintain relevance.
We embrace opportunities to learn, improve, and invest in our community.
Founder and President: Tara Ice
Vice President: Mindy Fairbanks
Treasurer: Nick Ice
Secretary: Crystal Mathias
Director of Media: Melissa Andrews
Honorary Advisory Board Member
Randy Gardner, former Ohio Senator