Our Founder, Chris Hadnagy, in connection with work that he was doing for his company Social-Engineer, LLC, had the opportunity to work on a few cases that helped track and capture predators who trafficked and exploited children. Some of these cases hit him very hard. He saw the impact that these crimes had on innocent people, and he wanted to do something about it.
Our mission is to identify anonymous child predators to help bring them to justice.
The Innocent Lives Foundation started with the desire to make a positive impact on behalf of children.
Chris is a leader in the information security community, and this community has nearly limitless talents and abilities to locate people anywhere they hide. Chris knew with additional resources he could help many more victims. In addition to his resources in the technology and social engineering industries, he assembled a group that includes Neil Fallon, lead singer of the rock band Clutch and Tim Maloney, a lawyer experienced in forming and representing non-profits and technology based businesses.
What they all had in common was a desire to use their unique talents and networks to address these problems and prevent crimes against future victims.
How We Do It
Children are our beneficiaries
While we count on our contacts and love our donors, we exist to serve endangered children. When making decisions, policies, and planning for the future, we first ask, “How will this affect children?”
Protect the emotional health of the ILF
Our team is routinely exposed to soul-crushing subject matter during ILF investigations. To guard the emotional health of our team members, everyone must participate in the ILF Wellness Program. Formal sessions with our Wellness Director are scheduled on a regular basis and additional sessions are highly encouraged.
We believe that vigilantism often causes more harm than good. Predators take advantage of loopholes to avoid prosecution. By not engaging in vigilante behavior, these loopholes do not exist. When a child’s future— and possibly their life— is at stake, there is no room for vigilantism.
Operate above reproach
Our team of professionals operate under strict guidelines and regulations inside a heavily monitored virtual environment. Adherence to this framework is vital and enforced— if we deviate from our procedures, a predator could go free.
Never educate a predator
There are many successes we wish to share with the public, but we must ask ourselves, “If this information is published, will it make a predator harder to catch?” If the information does not serve the best interest of the children we protect or gives a predator new ideas, we will not release the information.