Welcome to Unsilenced

Our Mission

Our mission is to stop institutional child abuse by empowering self-advocates to promote lasting social change.

Our Vision

We envision a world where youth are free from institutionalization and the voices of young people are respected in the development of their own mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

Our Values


Culture Statement

Our culture is the foundation of our organization and comes to life in everything we do. We strive for a positive and rewarding culture that gives us a motivating sense of purpose. This connects us to our mission in more meaningful ways, which deepens our impact on the community.

Unsilenced Overview

Unsilenced is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that serves victims of institutional child abuse. As an organization of survivors and allies, we are committed to promoting appropriate, healthy, and effective alternatives to programs within the Troubled Teen Industry (TTI). To foster better health outcomes without placement in the largely unregulated industry, we advocate for constructive alternatives that circumvent institutionalization for children and youth who are struggling with mental health and educational challenges.

Utilizing education, awareness, survivor/community support, and policy change, Unsilenced aims to protect the civil, social, and human rights of youth.

What we do

Collaboratively, we strive to end institutional child abuse that is taking place in facilities across the world. We do this by: policy change, creating awareness, educating stakeholders, and investigating facilities and holding them accountable.

How We Do it

  • We treat all people with kindness and respect
  • We believe in collaboration and communication
  • We are transparent about our goals, our culture, and our values
  • We celebrate diversity
  • We handle conflict directly and seek resolution promptly
  • We never judge people by their past mistakes
  • We honor anonymity and respect confidential information

How we make an impact

The Advocacy Lab

  1. Educate caregivers, school and justice systems, and child-placing agencies on the detrimental effects of institutionalization
  2. The Survivor Independence Initiative provides tool kits for both survivors and caregivers that contain extensive resources surrounding education, reintegration into society, mental health, and life skills.
  3. Partnerships with trauma and cult experts, who are also survivors, to provide training for therapists in every state on the specific struggles survivors experience.

The Investigative Research Team

  1. Comprehensive surveys to collect data and metrics to better understand the impact of institutional child abuse on the life trajectories of survivors.

The IT Team

  1. Educate and raise awareness through our groundbreaking Program ArchiveEach record in the archive goes through an optical character recognition (OCR) process, making the contents searchable and allowing our website to show up before facility websites.

The Policy Team and Communications Team

  1. Raise awareness to lawmakers, and the public, of