(January 12, 2016) Jabryeth “J.” Christian, a former operator with the Army’s elite 75th Ranger Regiment and a graduate of the H.E.R.O. Child-Rescue Corps, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the National Association to Protect Children (PROTECT), the organization announced today.
“There’s a saying in the the special operations world that ‘Rangers lead the way,’ said Alison Arngrim, PROTECT’s board president. “We are tremendously excited to have someone of J.’s caliber leading PROTECT into the next era.”
Christian first took up the child protection mission as a member of the H.E.R.O. Child-Rescue Corps, a program established by PROTECT in partnership with the U.S. Special Operations Command and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The HERO Corps trains wounded warriors in counter-child-exploitation and digital forensics and embeds them with law enforcement units that fight child exploitation.
During a one-year internship with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Christian was awarded the prestigious ICE Director’s Award for his work with the Los Angeles HSI field office. Upon completing his service, Christian joined the staff of PROTECT and was quickly named Deputy Director.
Prior to joining the military, Christian graduated from the California State Police Academy. He served under the U.S. Special Operations Command in Afghanistan, until injuries sustained in combat forced his medical retirement. He has been a frequent speaker on leadership, transition and success in the military and civilian worlds. In his youth, he pursued scouting and music.
Christian replaces founding executive director Grier Weeks, who will remain as executive director of PROTECT’s legislative sister-organization. Weeks will be developing new campaigns and initiatives for that organization. Camille Cooper will continue to serve as Director of Governmental Affairs, while working closely with Christian on the organization’s child rescue technology initiatives.
“For over a decade, PROTECT has been a part of my beating heart,” says outgoing director Weeks. “It’s deeply reassuring to see a new generation of leadership take over. J. is the right stuff in every way.”
The National Association to Protect Children is a tax-exempt charity, established in 2004. Website: www.protect.org.