- Law enforcement, child welfare workers, and religious leaders from across the country begin to explore the possibility of providing services to child sex trafficking victims.
- 501(c)(3) status granted on November 15, 2009 with a mission to establish a safe haven for female children rescued from child sex trafficking.
- Global researched is conducted to analyze service models.
- StreetLightUSA is instrumental in the passing of HB2699 which penalized perpetrators selling or having sex with children under the age of 14.
- Funding from 70 churches nationwide and a $750,000 grant from AZ Dept. of Housing are used to obtain facility for residential center.
- StreetLightUSA’s Board of Directors adopts three-pronged strategy to fight child sex trafficking: Awareness, Prevention, and Direct Care.
- DES Group Home license is approved and first residents admitted.
- Residents create the “Choices” program that becomes the foundation for the residential program.
- Seven residents are served in 2011 with one cottage open
- ASU becomes a key partner in public awareness and program evaluation
- Forty-one residents are served with one cottage open.
- ASU completes the largest evaluation of trafficked victims in the country using StreetLightUSA residents.
- StreetLightUSA President & CEO, Lea Benson and Resident Advocate Carolyn Jones, are selected to serve on AZ Governor Brewer's Human Trafficking Taskforce
- StreetLightUSA becomes a qualifying organization for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit.
- A Mentor Program is started, providing each resident with a role model.
- 131 residents are served with three cottages open.
- The “You Can Save Her” campaign is launched to raise $1.6 million to pay off balloon payment due on mortgage on January 1, 2015.
- The Young Adult Transition Program is started, providing 16 to 18 year-old with skills and tools to live independently
- Partnerships are being formed and strengthened.
- Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University establish Nutrition & Obesity Program for StreetLightUSA residents.
- Heal International builds Sex education and STI courses for SLUSA residents.
- Grand Canyon University establishes StreetLightUSA as a site for graduate nursing internship program and assists StreetLightUSA residents with healthcare needs.
- Board membership grows to 13.
- The Champion for Justice program is established for affluent leaders across the nation who support the eradication of child sex trafficking.
- Triple A (AAA) partners with StreetLightUSA to provide driver’s permit courses.
- 260 girls are expected to be served in 2014.