Child Protection

The ISKCON of Alachua Child Protection Volunteers serve the mission of ISKCON’s Central Child Protection Office to help protect children from abuse and neglect. By doing so, we strengthen the future of ISKCON – the children – while providing an example to the world of a spiritual society that practices compassionate caring and protection.

Our Child Protection Volunteers work to create a safe environment through awareness and education. You can report any concerns you may have regarding child abuse past or present.

The CPVs will keep confidentiality, handling information according to local legal requirements and ISKCON Child Protection Policy and Guidelines.

The Child Protection Volunteers for ISKCON of Alachua are:

Dhanya Gaurangi devi dasi

Dhanya dasi holds a Master’s degree in Counselor Education and a Specialist’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her training includes trauma-informed care, perinatal mental health and couples counseling.   She is a full-time mother, traveling kirtaniya, and educator on topics of personal and relationship wellness.

Vraja Gopal das

Vraja Gopal das is a police officer for the Gainesville Police Department and has a Bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Prior to joining GPD, Vraja Gopal worked as a Child Protection Investigator for Florida’s Department of Children & Families.  Vraja Gopal was raised in the movement and has served at various temples, including the Bhakti Center in NYC for several years. He is married to Gopi Kumari Devi dasi and has a young son named Adirama.

Gopi Kumari Devi dasi

Gopi Kumari Devi dasi is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in Women’s mental health. She has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from Rutgers University. Prior to moving to Alachua in September 2020, Gopi Kumari was an active member of the Bhakti Center community in NYC for 11 years. She is married to Vraja Gopal das and gave birth to their son, Adirama, in 2019.

Contact us for concerns, suggestions, or to volunteer

Please contact us if you have concerns of child abuse or neglect.

If you have suggestions on how to make our community safer, or are interested in volunteering please contact us. Your feedback and support are essential in improving the quality of our service to the community.

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