Protect (often capitalized as PROTECT), or The National Association to Protect Children, is a political organization established in 2002 and dedicated to the protection of children from abuse, exploitation and neglect. It is a nonprofit, 501(c)(4) membership association with members in every U.S. state and 10 nations. Protect achieved great success in its first three years, winning legislative victories in eight state legislatures. It advocates a nonpartisan "pro-child, anti-crime" agenda, and works closely with both conservative and liberal constituencies and lawmakers.
Circle of Trust Campaign: Since its creation in 2002, Protect has led successful legislative battles to eliminate laws that award preferential treatment to criminals who sexually assault their own children. Protect's Circle of Trust campaign has successfully fought to reform and strengthen laws in North Carolina, Arkansas, Illinois, Virginia, California and New York.
Real Safety Campaign: Protect also advocates intensive community supervision--or "surveillance and containment"--of convicted sex offenders released into communities. The Real Safety campaign educates the public and lawmakers about the dangers of relying upon sex offender registries and residency restriction laws to keep children safe, calling for long-term and lifetime probation and parole.
Accountability Campaign: In 2006, Protect announced it was launching its Accountability Campaign to hold public servants accountable for their performance in combatting crimes against children.
Child Pornography Campaign: In 2006, Protect also launched a national anti-child pornography campaign.