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I would also like to thank the nonprofit organization Defenders of Children, and specifically my victims’ rights attorney, David Newstone. He meticulously guided me through this trial process. He was there for me every step of the way, from where to park, never letting me attend court alone, analyzing countless motions, standing up for me when my rights were violated, and so much more. David, you were my hero throughout this all. He and Defenders of Children are the unsung heroes I and so many other victims need. I will forever be in their debt.

Sarah Turney

Host of the Voices for Justice Podcast

Defenders of Children is the only organization that has ever helped me help the women and families of the polygamist compounds along the Arizona/Utah border.
Flora Jessop

Survivor and Activist

I was completely lost in the mazes of Child Protective Services, law enforcement, family court and all the legal speak. Defenders of Children provided the guidance to help my children — a beautiful bright light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel. 

Sarah M.


I accomplished more for the safety of children and families as staff attorney at Defenders of Children than in four years as a Representative in the State Legislature. Child advocates are greatly needed to bring balance to the protective system and facilitate the rescue of abuse victims.
David Lujan

CEO Children's Action Alliance; Former Arizona State Legislator and Former Defenders of Children Staff Attorney

What I received from Shannon was not only a great explanation and walk-thru of my legal rights; but, also a compassionate and kind heart that genuinely cared about me and my children. She extended her voice for us when our voices weren’t being heard or were ignored. Above all, she gave me hope. Not just a hope that a better understanding of my rights and of the family court system will help me to know how to keep my children safe, but also hope that there are people that do still genuinely care about others. I am so incredibly grateful that I didn’t have to go through this fight alone. Someone cared.

M. K.


I knew nothing of how the education system worked and my special needs son was being failed by his school. I don’t know what I would have done without Defenders of Children. Thanks to them, my son is now receiving a real education. They are my angels!
Kathy W.


I would like to express my appreciation and thanks for your tremendous support and enduring tenacity during the last year. Without such dedication, my wonderful children would most likely still be subjected to more or even worse attrocities. The world needs more great people like you, who work endlessly to bring justice for the children. Defenders of Children is the organization I will help introduce to others through my corporate and social endeavors to help bring this message forward. You have given me the strength to know I can make a difference.

Sam K.

Adoptive Father

I was at ground zero with my daughter’s case and with no help in this so called justice system we have to protect our children. If it wasn’t for Shannon and your team I don’t know what I would have done. Words can’t even express the gratitude and relief I received from this organization. Shannon was one of the best things that happen to our family including your team. I can’t thank her and you all enough for this experience and sense of hope to our lives. They have forever changed bringing my daughter home and to safety where she belongs.

S. D.