The Innocent Justice Foundation (TIJF) was founded in 2007 by a small passionate group of volunteers who wanted to make a difference by supporting the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Teams across the country.
In 2009, TIJF partnered with the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Commanders, and leading mental health experts in the child sexual abuse field to develop and provide one of the first comprehensive and foundational training programs in the United States for officer wellness, to address and mitigate vicarious trauma. We have continually served the 61 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Teams across the nation with SHIFT – Supporting Heroes in Mental Health Foundational Training since it was created 12 years ago.
In 2019, taking what we have learned from SHIFT, we developed HART – Helping Advocates Rebound from Trauma, to provide mental health and wellness training and support for any professional exposed to traumatic events and materials, or victim stories. People who work in first-responder professions and victim services are encouraged to learn what vicarious trauma is and how to mitigate its effect in their lives.
Psycho-educational programs are crucial to helping exposed individuals learn how to recognize and cope with problems before they become severe or permanent. We help to keep highly trained people in their jobs. TIJF’s programs are here to help, because losing any professional to burn-out, severe depression, substance abuse or suicide is unnecessary, tragic, and preventable. To learn more about what we do please visit www.innocentjustice.org