Janet Heimlich is an award-winning journalist and the founder of the national nonprofit organization, the Child-Friendly Faith Project, which raises awareness of religious child maltreatment. She is the author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, the first book to fully examine the issue of child abuse and neglect enabled by religious belief.

Janet has been a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and has written articles for such publications as Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, and the Texas Observer. She has won more than nine journalism awards and honorable mentions, including the regional Katie. In addition, she is a professional copyrighter and website content creator. Janet graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in communications and a minor in English. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her teenage daughter.