Our History

2008
  • 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.
2009
  • 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.

2010
  • 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.

2011
  • 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

2012
  • ASU becomes a key partner in public awareness and program evaluation
  • Forty-one residents are served with one cottage open.

2013
  • 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.
2014
  • 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.