Effectively combating child sex slavery requires collaboration and cooperation with multiple agencies and organizations in our community, state, and nation. Individual, isolated efforts, even by well-meaning groups, are incredibly ineffective. As a result, Streetlight Tucson began by spending months building relationships with key leaders and agencies in our community. The result is our partnership with the following:
The CPC is more than a partner. It is the thirty-year-old Tucson ministry and corporation under which Streetlight Tucson operates. The CPC is a Christ-centered ministry focused on God’s love and justice for unborn children and the women being exploited by abortion. Streetlight Tucson’s focus on child sex slavery reflects the CPC’s desire to “free the prisoners” and “heal” those who have been taken advantage of by others. Both the CPC and Streetlight Tucson have the same principal founder, Jerry Peyton. thecrisispregnancycenters.org
All national reports conclude that providing safe homes for victims of child sex trafficking is of little value if they are not part of a collaboration of key law enforcement and judicial elements in the community. As a result, Streetlight Tucson has taken the lead in forming such a task force in Pima county.
Thirty-seven people representing eighteen different agencies have attended our monthly meetings. This unprecedented collaboration includes: Tucson PD, Oro Valley PD, Marana PD, Tohono O’odham PD, ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement), FBI, U.S. Marshall, Customs Border Patrol, Pima Co Attorney’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office, AZ Attorney General’s Office, Pima Co Juvenile Court, AZ House of Representatives, Southern Arizona Against Slavery, Crisis Pregnancy Center, and Streetlight.
Streetlight Tucson’s director, Jerry Peyton, serves as the organizing head of the task force.
Mending the Soul Ministries is a Phoenix-based organization that empowers communities and equips churches for ministry to those impacted by abuse. Mending the Soul (MTS) provided Streetlight with extensive research regarding chid sex trafficking in the U.S., specifically related to providing safe homes for the victims. Streetlight Tucson uses MTS’s materials in the training of our volunteers and in the healing process for the girls in our safe home. mendingthesoul.org
An excellent source of Christian resources for addressing human sexuality, especially educating youth about developing a heart for sexual purity. Designed to be used in churches and by parents. All online resources are downloadable and provided free by the CPC of Tucson.
Southern Arizona Against Slavery (SAAS) is a community coalition in Tucson dedicated to fighting all forms of human trafficking in Arizona and around the world. The coalition meets at 6pm on the last Monday of every month at 4631 E. Pima St. SAAS is planning a community-wide trafficking awareness event to be held at the University of Arizona Student Union Ballroom on Saturday, January 14, 2012. Streetlight Tucson’s director, Jerry Peyton, serves as the vice-chair of SAAS. saastucson.wordpress.com
Abolition Media is a Tucson-based organization that creates communities of local musicians and artists who use the platform of music, arts, and media to raise awareness about modern-day slavery, as well as raise funds to fight modern-day slavery, and connect the community to practical ways they can get involved and make a difference. Abolition Media holds arts-centered fund raising events for Streetlight Tucson. abolitionmedia.org
Rescue & Restore is a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designed to help identify and assist victims of human trafficking in the United States. Rescue & Restore establishes coalitions and networks resources across the county. Streetlight Tucson is a partner organization with Rescue & Restore. acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/index.html