About Sanctuary International

The mission of Sanctuary is the protection, safety, and security of others.

Jonathan Mikhael Smith   

CEO & FOUNDER

jonathan@sanctuaryint.com

Over 30 years of experience in providing security, protection, and training to a variety of private and government entities.

Jonathan Mikhael Smith   

CEO & FOUNDER

jonathan@sanctuaryint.com

Over 30 years of experience in providing security, protection, and training to a variety of private and government entities.

After his time in Special Operations, he served twelve years as a law enforcement officer in the U.S., where he became certified in such skills as S.W.A.T., riot control, investigations, police training, instructor development, and unarmed self-defense instruction. He served with such distinction as to be selected as the profile for his department’s large-scale, targeted recruiting campaign and led a specialty street crimes unit to combat a rise in gang activity and related crimes.

Following his exemplary military and law enforcement service, Jon was recruited as a contractor for the CIA, where he trained and served alongside truly extraordinary tactical personnel. Known for his quiet, professional demeanor and sincerity in his duties, he was soon recognized among even this elite group and was recruited to become a staff officer within the agency itself.

As a special agent and team leader for the Agency’s GRS Unit, he led these contracted special operations teams on missions throughout the world. During such missions, he oversaw up to 80 operators, delegating team assignments while also personally involved in the missions. Jon also orchestrated the security role for Agency/government projects valued in excess of $70 million.  At the end of his tour, Jon was selected to represent and recruit for the unit, seeking out potential applicants from the various Special Operations bases in the U.S. as well as mentoring and evaluating candidates chosen for the vetting and selection process.

Jon’s strength lies, not just in his extensive skills and experience, but in his personal care for people and his continued pursuit of excellence. He is a husband, father, and constant student of the warrior ethos. He credits his faith and his family as the strength behind everything he does. In 2015 he founded the company Sanctuary International with the goal of bringing the skills and knowledge learned in the government and military sectors to the private and humanitarian individuals, companies, and organizations.

Through this work he met IJM “The International Justice Mission” and was greatly moved by the work that they were doing around the world. A relationship quickly formed between IJM and Jon and he and his company Sanctuary began building customized training courses for their special missions in Africa. Jon’s relationship grew with IJM and in 2019 he served as their Regional Security Director for Asia Pacific where IJM focuses heavily on Children victims of online sexual exploitation of children and enslaved fisherman on pirate fishing vessels.

Through this work he met IJM “The International Justice Mission” and was greatly moved by the work that they were doing around the world. A relationship quickly formed between IJM and Jon and he and his company Sanctuary began building customized training courses for their special missions in Africa. Jon’s relationship grew with IJM and in 2019 he served as their Regional Security Director for Asia Pacific where IJM focuses heavily on Children victims of online sexual exploitation of children and enslaved fisherman on pirate fishing vessels.

Jon and Sanctuary continue to deliver training seminars and speaking engagements around the globe for corporations and organizations. Jon regularly coordinates and directs security for private individuals, locations, groups, or conferences.

He is a published author and featured subject matter expert for several major security publications, his expertise is often sought after for close protection, travel security consultation, and emergency response.

He is a published author and featured subject matter expert for several major security publications, his expertise is often sought after for close protection, travel security consultation, and emergency response.

Amidst all of this, in his spare time, Jon continues his path to professional excellence, a journey, he says, that never ends.

Finn Sanctuary Consulting

Ibrahim Muganga

HEAD OF SECURITY – UGANDA

Ibrahim is a Ugandan national, born in Entebbe.

A student of languages at Sans Frontiers languages center Uganda, he speaks excellent English and Luganda.

Ibrahim is Head of Security for Sanctuary in Uganda, with many years’ experience in property protection and guard supervision.

Ibrahim is an assistant Sanctuary instructor on courses that require more than one trainer, he is the lead on the practical aspects of the Watchman Training and is an active self-defense instructor.

Ibrahim’s security and man guarding experience makes him a vital component in the recruitment, selection, training, and assessment process of watchmen for our clients.

Sanctuary Blog

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Sanctuary staff delivered training in the Philippines What is a foreigner? Is there a single definition? Perhaps not. Today, I'd like to challenge you to consider this concept before you travel. There are many reasons for this, but I would like to break some of them...

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A Morning’s Discussion on Boko Haram

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This morning, a brief discussion was had with a neighbor who is Nigerian. For one reason or another, the discussion went to politics and the impact of religion on politics in Niger. This man has a PhD and apparently studies the effects of politics at some level or...

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Digest 2 – Remove Your Mask

Digest 2 – Remove Your Mask

First of all be you! Every training I go to or ever went to; I try very hard to be me, to take off any masks, and put ego aside. Be good at what I’m good at, know what I’m not good at and accept that there is always room for improvement on both. As a former Special...

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