Mission Statement

Our mission is to support, encourage, and empower parents and survivors of sexual abuse by providing direction to available resources and ongoing support as the family works toward healing and closure.​​​​​​​

The Lydia Lerma Foundation was established in May 2018 after Founder and Director, Lydia Lerma, utilized social media to track down and bring her son’s abuser to justice after he had fled the country and hid in Mexico for over a year. Lydia used the momentum from the media coverage to give all survivors a voice. It is our hope that survivors will gain strength and courage from Lydia’s story to come forward and begin the healing process, as well as remove the stigma that silences victims. ​​​​​​​

About the Foundation

Fugitive Recovery

The Lydia Lerma Foundation works with private investigators, fugitive recovery teams, and law enforcement to track down and apprehend suspected pedophiles and sexual abusers. All arrests are handled by law enforcement or legally licensed personnel.

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The Lydia Lerma Foundation partners with Outfitters and Guides to host outdoor adventures for survivors and their families to experience healing through the outdoors and equine therapy.

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Outdoor Adventures​​​​​​​

The Lydia Lerma Foundation provides online workshops on utilizing social media for justice.​​​​​​​

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Lessons on Utilizing Social Media for Justice

Higher Education​​​​​​​

Beautiful Wanda Scholarship​​​​​​​

Federico Pacheco Scholarship​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Boulderpatty Scholarship (Patricia Jean Rivera)​​​​​​​

To Be Named​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

This scholarship is available to a Longs Peak Council Pack 198 Eagle Scout pursuing higher education at an accredited 2-year or 4-year community college or university. ​​​​​​​

This scholarship is available to anyone who has ever dreamed of becoming a dancer but instead became an engineer/entrepreneur. Available to anyone pursuing higher education in whatever field they choose to study at an accredited 2-year or 4-year community college or university.​​​​​​​

This scholarship is available to anyone within the LGBTQ community and LGBTQ allies pursuing higher education at a 2-year or 4-year accredited community college or university. ​​​​​​​

Survivors Fund​​​​​​​

This fund has been established to assist survivors in whatever capacity is needed throughout their lifetime. Requests are handled on a case-by-case basis.​​​​​​​

This scholarship is available to anyone who has ever been a ward of the state within the foster care system and wants to pursue a 2-year or 4-year degree at any accredited community college or university in the Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) fields of study. ​​​​​​​

Jones – Perez Scholarship​​​​​​​

This scholarship, named after the two FBI Agents who arrested and transported Vanderwal back to the U.S. to face justice, is available to a person of color (Native American, Asian, African American, and/or Latino/Hispanic) pursuing higher education at a 2-year or 4-year accredited community college or university in the field of legal justice/law enforcement. ​​​​​​​


Lydia Lerma Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity. IRS approval is pending.

Referral Resources

The Lydia Lerma Foundation works with the following organizations to raise awareness and provide educational resources to prevent sexual assault on children. Our partners also provide ongoing support to parents and victims of sexual assault.

ChildSafe​​​​​​​

RAINN​​​​​​​

Center for Missing & Exploited Children​​​​​​​s

Rocky Mountain Victims Law Center​​​​​​​

Sexual Assault Victims Advocates (SAVA)​​​​​​​

Programs ​​​​​​​

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CONTACT INFO



Call (970) 717-0242

m.me/lydialerma.org

info@lydialerma.com

http://www.lydialerma.org

Contact Us

Lydia Lerma Scholarship​​​​​​​

This scholarship is open to first-generation students that have been accepted into a 2-year or 4-year accredited community college or university and show leadership potential, including community activism, social justice, or professional leadership. No minimum GPA required if the student has been accepted into an accredited community college or university, even if acceptance has been based upon probationary, provisional, or conditional terms.​​​​​​​