"...slowly at first, cautiously, learning to trust, I began to take control of my life and build my future."
K.Q. Program Alumni
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
A Message From Our CEO
Do you know where you were when you first heard that girls in our community are being trafficked?
I’ll never forget my first time coming face to face with child sex trafficking. I was on a Phoenix Police Department ride along into some of the darkest parts of our city. The police lieutenant's name was Jacqui and she’s a good friend to this day. She had reached out to me for help with a rise in trafficked children that the police were seeing. At that time in our city the police were picking up trafficked girls out on the streets who were 12, 13 or 14 years old and there was nowhere to take them to get the healing from trauma that they needed.
I’ll never forget sitting at the police station with one girl and talking to her about her. She was small, fragile and SO young. I actually couldn’t believe she had SURVIVED the things I was hearing her say had happened to her. She seemed so hurt, so broken, so hopeless, so…The way she slumped softly into the cold metal chair at the dispatch office broke my heart. The way she kept her eyes from looking at mine told me she had so much pain and shame built up inside her. The police learned that she was a runaway from the foster care system and that she had NO ONE to go home to. Something broke inside me that day for these girls and I knew I’d never be the same.
I knew at that moment what I had to do. I knew I had to start fighting for these girls who couldn’t fight for themselves.
Now here we are, 10 years later and StreetLightUSA has been a part of the recovery of over 1,300 girls right here locally in Phoenix. I’m so proud of the work that StreetLightUSA does to help these girls, but I’m even more proud of the girls themselves! Time after time we’ve seen girls come to us completely broken, just like the first girl I came face to face with. They’re broken physically, broken mentally, broken spiritually...but time after time I see them find the healing and restoration they need here at StreetLightUSA.
Truly, every day we are taking girls from trauma to triumph. The only way we can reach more girls is to find more fighters. We hope you're next to join with us as we fight for the girls we are serving, as well as the ones still out there now, trapped in lives we don’t even want to imagine.
Pastor Caitlin Vick, M.Div, M.Th
DIRECTOR OF PASTORAL CARE
DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
SPECIALIZED PEDIATRIC- PSYCHIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER
Angela Salomon, PsyD
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
DIRECTOR OF CAMPUS SUPPORT
LEAD TRAUMA CLINICIAN
MS, LAMFT, CCTP-I
DIRECTOR OF FUND DEVELOPMENT
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
BOARD VICE CHAIRWOMAN
StreetLightUSA is a licensed group home, behavioral health residential facility and counseling center.
StreetLightUSA provides crisis intervention, stabilization and 24/7 residential care, through a variety of programs and services tailored to meet the needs of young girls at risk for and victims of child sex trafficking.