What We Do
|Provide Protection & Restoration for Victims of Child Sexual Exploitation
Our Safe Home
Streetlight Tucson will provide a long-term residential home in southern Arizona where victims of child sex slavery can:
- Feel safe from further exploitation, free to disclose their innermost pain and shame in an atmosphere of love and acceptance
- Heal physically: providing medical and dental care
- Begin to heal emotionally:
- professional therapy
- one-on-one mentoring by trained volunteers and professionals
- equine therapy
- art and music, participation in and exposure to the fine arts
Physical; Emotional; Spiritual
...healing can begin in a group home, it can only mature in real-life settings...
- Heal spiritually: experiencing freedom from guilt, shame, and condemnation
- providing spiritual counseling and teaching for those who desire it
- Continue their education: providing accredited online education supervised by professional educators
- Learn valuable life skills:
- personal finances
- personal grooming and wardrobe
- basic computer skills, office skills
- cooking, gardening
- seeking employment
- personal goal setting, time management
- conflict resolution, anger management
- interpersonal relationship skills, setting boundaries
- developing sexual purity
- Develop a new identity as a beloved and beautiful creation of God, uniquely gifted and called to a life of meaning and significance
We are actively seeking a location for our home, whether property with existing structures or property that can be quickly developed.
- Our location needs to be somewhat isolated, not in residential only zoning or in a neighborhood with a HOA or restrictive CC&R's.
- We need to be within 30 minutes driving time from Tucson.
- We need a home with at least five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
- Properties that have been used as a bed and breakfast, elder care, or other long-term group care are ideal, as the DES requirements for group homes for minors are extensive.
Our Transition Homes
Streetlight Tucson will also develop a long-term transition/mentoring program. While healing can begin in a group home, it can only mature in real-life settings of family, church, and community.
- We will develop and oversee a network of mentoring homes where girls coming out of our group home can live with trained couples/families for an extended period of time as they finish their education and/or become gainfully employed and independent.
- We will work with Mending the Soul Ministries in developing safe churches where the survivors of sexual exploitation can feel free to be fully-participating members.
|Provide Awareness & Education
Streetlight Tucson gives presentations on child sex trafficking in local churches, schools, youth groups, and civic groups.
Streetlight Tucson will develop an education and prevention program that will equip teams to give presentations in local schools, youth groups, and civic organizations. The role of Streetlight is not to give the presentations but to train and equip church-based and other teams to do the presentations in their geographical areas.
Our Educational Program Will Address:
- Child Sex Trafficking: What it is, how to keep from becoming a victim, and how to recognize and report it.
- Pornography, especially child pornography, the jet fuel for child sexual abuse and trafficking. There is an epidemic of pornography in the U.S. that involves the vast majority of teenagers. Youth and parents will be given training and resources on avoiding exposure to pornography—especially Internet pornography—and on getting help for getting out of pornography.
- Streetlight Tucson is partnering with Celebrate Recovery (Sexual Addictions) in providing support groups for those struggling with pornography.
- Abuse of Women & Children, especially sexual abuse. Over 90% of children trapped in sex slavery had already been sexually abused before becoming trafficking victims. One in four women in American has been or will be sexually abused. Training and resources will be given to help women and children avoid becoming victims of abuse and for getting help for those who have been victimized.
- Streetlight Tucson is partnering with Mending the Soul ministries in providing support groups for those who have been abused.
Community-Wide Human Trafficking Awareness Events
Streetlight Tucson is partnering with SAAS (Southern Arizona Against Slavery) in planning and producing community-wide human trafficking awareness events. These events will involve the media, government officials, law enforcement, the courts, churches, and NGOs that are involved in combating human trafficking domestically and internationally.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
University of Arizona
Student Union: Grand Ballroom
Speakers; Workshops; Awareness Concert
The first such public awareness event is scheduled for Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the University of Arizona Student Union Grand Ballroom. The program will include:
- Key note speakers who are nationally recognized leaders in anti-trafficking organizations
- Break-out workshops focusing on specifics such as:
- Law enforcement & human trafficking
- Trafficking survivor testimonies
- Human trafficking: what is it and the laws governing it
- Recognizing and responding to trafficking victims
- Fair trade: combating trafficking through purchasing power
- Sex trafficking
- Abuse of Women & Children
- Pornography & the Internet
- Protecting yourself and your children
- Anti-trafficking videos & art
- Tables/booths providing information and opportunities for involvement:
- Local and national law enforcement agencies
- Local and national anti-trafficking organizations
- Local and national faith-based anti-trafficking ministries
- An evening concert dedicated to combating human trafficking
Streetlight Tucson provides resources and materials on its website and at it offices on:
- Human trafficking: domestic and international
- Child sex trafficking
- Pornography & the Internet
- Abuse of Women & Children
Our resources and materials include:
|Facilitate Collaboration & Networking
“It is impossible for any single agency or organization to respond comprehensively to the problem of human trafficking. The response to human trafficking is therefore most effective through multi-disciplinary and collaborative problem-solving efforts.” - U.S. Dept. of Justice
The response to human trafficking is most effective through multi-disciplinary and collaborative
- Streetlight Tucson was instrumental in organizing the Southern Arizona Human Trafficking Task Force. Thirty-seven people representing eighteen different agencies have attended the 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.
- Streetlight Tucson is intimately involved with Southern Arizona Against Slavery (SAAS), a community coalition in Tucson dedicated to fighting all forms of human trafficking in Arizona and around the world. Streetlight Tucson’s director, Jerry Peyton, serves as the vice-chair of SAAS.
Streetlight Tucson will not:
- Become directly involved in the rescuing of sex slaves or other victims of human trafficking. That is the responsibility of various law enforcement agencies, which we will support through every possible means.
- Become a counseling agency. Instead, we will utilize outside therapists and agencies
- Become a foster placement or child adoption agency.
- Become an educational institution. Instead we will utilize outside educational resources such as web-based programs and charter schools.
- Short term stabilization home for girls who have recently been rescued.