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Leadership Team

  • David W. Hausdorff
  • Dr. Joseph Picone
  • Lee Davis 
    Chief of Staff
  • Dr. Frieda Rosner, Ph.d
    Director of Training and Education
  • Jay Chung, J.D., LL.M.
    Director of Government Affairs and Special Counselor to the Chairman
  • Mark Haffner, CLC.
    Director of Protect Your Children™ Safety Academies
  • Jay Berger
    Director of Community Impact
  • Tadd Rosenfeld
    Director of Global Brand Leadership
  • Marcy Tharp
    Director of Mother’s Against Abuse
  • Gregory Levitt
    Director of Business Planning & Product Development
  • Erica Hausdorff
    Silver Knight Initiative

Our Mission

We are committed to bringing together those entities who can contribute to raising awareness and educating the public on child safety, drug/alcohol abuse, bullying, obesity and self-esteem. We believe children deserve a structured safety education in a non-threatening, fun, challenging and caring environment which will build a child’s safety skills, confidence and self-esteem. All children have the right to be safe no matter where they may be.


Protect Your Children was born in 2002. In 2002, Samantha Runion(born 1996) was kidnapped, sexually abused and strangled by a man who lured her from her front yard by telling her he had lost his dog. Erica Pratt (born 1995) was an American kidnapping victim. She was abducted on July 22, 2002 from a Philadelphia sidewalk. David Hausdorff, founder of Protect Your Children™ coincidentally has 2 daughters with the same first names and ages of the abducted children Samantha Runion and Erica Pratt. Profoundly affected by the senseless crimes and feelings of helplessness experienced by distraught parents; Hausdorff felt compelled to begin a crusade to protect our countries most valuable asset: children.

10 Years of Progress

In 2002, Protect Your Children became one of the driving forces in creating public awareness for protecting children by assembling a powerful group of professionals and volunteers to form a roster of counselors who coordinated law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, United States Secret Service along with corporations, (Publix Supermarkets, HSBC, Pepsi) Professional Sports Franchises including The Miami Heat and The Florida Marlins, to educate the public on how to protect children. In 2003 Protect Your Children launched another initiative with its first ever Protect Your Children Safety School.

Today law enforcement is better trained, better prepared and responds more swiftly and effectively than ever before. There is better law and better technology. Parents are more alert and aware. Yet there are still thousands of children who do not make it home each year, and more who fall victim to sexual exploitation. Protect Your Children™ believes education focusing on preventative strategies will be key components in helping to protect our most valuable asset: children.

An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year – more than 2,000 children every day. An estimated 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually victimized before age 18. Yet, only 1 in 3 will tell anyone.

Clearly much more needs to be done.

Children don't vote or pay taxes but they have the right to be heard and to be safe."

- David Hausdorff,
Founder of Protect your Children