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Youth Protection Director

As part of our commitment to youth protection, the Boy Scouts of America hired as its Youth Protection director Michael “Mike” Johnson, an internationally recognized expert on child abuse detection and prevention. Mike joined BSA effective July 24, 2010.

The Boy Scouts has continued to enhance and improve its Youth Protection program in order to provide the safest possible environment for our members. Johnson, working in close coordination with other experts in law enforcement, psychology, and other disciplines, will build upon existing policies to further enhance Scouting’s educational and training programs and continue to strengthen our existing policies and procedures.

Johnson has conducted hundreds of training sessions for law enforcement and child services professionals worldwide. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Johnson previously served in the juvenile division of the Plano (Texas) Police Department. He joined that department in September 1982 and began working in the criminal investigations division devoted to investigating child abuse cases in 1986. He is a founding member of the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center, and in 1996 he was named the center’s Child Advocate of the Year. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Johnson continues to serve on the National Board of Directors for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and is a past president of the APSAC Texas State Chapter. He has served on numerous other national boards and task forces, including the National Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, the Law Enforcement Subcommittee for several of APSAC’s national colloquiums, and the working group for the establishment of the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth.  And, he has been instrumental in helping shape state laws to protect children from abuse.