Five years after he founded Jewish Community Watch (JCW), an organization dedicated to rooting out child abuse in Orthodox-Jewish communities, Meyer Seewald is saying goodbye.
The following letter was sent out by the current directors of JCW:
Dear Friends and Supporters of JCW:
We ask that you join us in wishing our founder, Meyer Seewald, the best of luck as he embarks on his next journey in life. Only 5 years ago, Meyer began work on his vision of a world where child sexual abuse was openly discussed, abusers were no longer protected by their community and victims had a safe place to turn to for help. To the surprise of many and the gratitude of even more, Meyer succeeded in many ways.
Yet, there is still much more to do.
Unfortunately, there is only one Meyer Seewald and there is a limit to the pain each of us can take on – especially someone who makes each victim’s pain his own, as Meyer does. As he steps out of the daily operations of JCW, rest assured that his vision is very much alive and the blood, sweat and tears which he poured into JCW every single day continue to be the heartbeat and the life force of our organization.
Meyer will be leaving the organization in the able hands of our dedicated staff. We’ve brought on seasoned professionals to man every area of the organization. Our legal dept. is staffed by in-house attorney to handle all legal matters as well as provide guidance on all matters that arise. Our victim support division is manned by licensed therapists with years of training and experience in the private, public and non-for-profit sectors. In addition, JCW now has an in-house investigative division with an on-staff law enforcement professional who has spent over 20+ years as a police detective.
JCW has also benefited extensively from the support we receive from a number of attorneys, therapists, law enforcement professionals and others who are on call as pro-bono consultants for matters that require their expertise. Along with the above-mentioned professionals, we also continue to add community leaders from the business, professional and religious world to help us broaden our reach and take JCW to places we could not get to during our formative years.
Over the next few months, there will be a complete revamping of our website in order to handle the caseload and traffic of the organization. Part of that overhaul will include a new page, the “Child Safety Alert” page, on which we will post known offenders in our community as well as, upon the approval of our legal counsel, others who are found to have had an association or involvement in an act or cover up of abuse.
We are maturing as an organization and the communities we service depend on us more than ever before. Our goal is to make JCW’s mission unnecessary but until that day we intend to become a household name that is cherished and cheered by parents concerned with the safety of their child and which instills fear and dread in the hearts of molesters, abusers and those who protect them.
JCW Board of Directors