MOTIVATE communities and criminal justice organizations to work together to protect children and communities
STRENGTHEN communities and criminal justice organizations by providing avenues for collaboration and teamwork. Strengthen relationships between the justice system and victims of crime.
CHALLENGE communities and criminal justice organizations and other stakeholders to Unite and make effective plans to protect children.
TEACH communities, criminal justice organizations and others how to develop best practices for keeping children and communities safe. Teach victims and their families how to navigate through our complicated and sometimes intimidating criminal justice system.
On August 31, 1987, while playing in his own back yard in a rural Montana town, 8-year-old Ryan VanLuchene was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered by a repeat sex offender. This manipulative repeat offender was serving a prison sentence for the past crime of sexually assaulting another child. He was let out of prison early with minimal supervision. Tragically, within just a few short weeks after his early release from prison, this offender abducted and murdered Ryan.
Since Ryan’s murder, Ryan’s family has not given up. Regardless of the daily heartache, they have vowed to make a difference and ensure that Ryan’s death was not in vain.