NEWS & UPDATES
Highlights and tidbits to keep our supporters in-the-know
Thank you Enterprise Holdings Foundation
Thank you Enterprise Holdings Foundation for supporting StreetLightUSA, since 2012! Your generosity continues to make a significant impact in the lives of young girls who have been victimized by sex trafficking.
Remembering Fran Goldstein
In May we said goodbye to a dear friend and valued colleague.
Fran Goldstein provided invaluable fundraising guidance for more than three years and brought a little NYC to the desert. Her expertise helped usher in substantial new support from both the private and public sector and her meticulous editing and gift for illustrating programs and services through good story-telling was seen in nearly every publication from grants, to newsletters, prayer partners, event invitations, thank you letters, and brochures. Her motherly ways and sage advice on raising children while working, how to make the perfect one pot meal, and how to keep a paragraph in “active voice” are missed by all that had the opportunity to work with her. Fran leaves a legacy of a development team that remembers her each day and an agency that was truly strengthened by her passionate dedication. Thank you Fran for the life lessons and the laughs! You are loved and missed.
Did you know healthcare providers are on the front line when detecting trafficking victims?
We all know the invaluable work that physicians, nurses, dentists, and medical assistants do on a daily basis. However, these healthcare providers are in unique positions to make a difference in the lives of trafficking victims at several points, from the initial encounter through their restoration of health.
In the article, The Role of the Nurse in Combating Human Trafficking - Learn how to recognize the signs that someone is being trafficked and how to safely intervene, author Donna Sabella, PhD, RN, states: “Trafficking victims typically receive health care only when their condition becomes serious, as seeking health care for a victim can be risky for the trafficker. Preventative care is rarely, if ever, provided.”
Dr. Sabella helps healthcare providers with some techniques in recognizing a victim of trafficking, such as:
The person has no spending money.
The person appears to be under the control and supervision of someone who never leaves the person alone.
There are signs of malnutrition, dehydration, drug use or addiction, poor general health, or poor personal hygiene.
There are signs of physical abuse or neglect, such as scars, bruises, burns, unusual bald patches, tattoos that raise suspicion.
The person appears depressed, frightened, anxious, or otherwise distressed.
The person lives with an employer or at the place of business and can’t give you an address.
Those who brought the person in for treatment are resistant to letting you speak with the person alone.
To learn more about the role of the healthcare provider in identifying and intervening for trafficking victims, read the complete article HERE.
Looking for educational material or resources for your facility or provider group? Find recommended resources HERE.
“It’s never too soon to start thinking about how you and your facility will handle a potential trafficking situation.” – Dr. Sable
Inviting Service Providers to StreetLightUSA
Beginning in July, StreetLightUSA will open its doors on the 2nd Monday of the month to healthcare providers, government agencies, law enforcement and other professional organizations interested in learning more about the services we provide and how we can work together on a professional level to make collaborative impact on identifying and caring for the most vulnerable within our communities.
Click HERE to request additonal information or to sign-up for the next tour.
StreetLightUSA has been selected!
StreetLightUSA has been selected as one of Southwest Gas Corporation’s FUEL for LIFE (FFL) designated non-profits for 2019/2020. FFL is Southwest Gas’s unique workplace giving program that offers their employees the ability to provide direct financial support to select non-profit organizations. We are honored to work closely with Southwest Gas and its employees to share our mission and the need for our programs. We look forward to this wonderful partnership that will help raise awareness about child sex trafficking in Arizona and what we can do as a community to help heal those that are victimized by this tragedy.
Visit on FaceBook or Instagram for our 2nd Annual June Safety Campaign focused on tips for recognizing signs of sex trafficking victimization
Our 2nd annual June Safety Campaign, “Can You See Her”, is in full swing on Facebook and Instagram. We are taking an in-depth look at child sex trafficking to help our community recognize the signs of a child at risk for trafficking or who is being trafficked.
"Can you see her? She is every child under the age of 18 induced into commercial sexual exploitation. She is sold numerous times every day, right here in her very own country. She is a victim of child sex trafficking..."
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We are excited to announce our upcoming Fall event!
On October 26th at 11:30 am at the Montelucia Spa & Resort guests will enjoy an afternoon English High Tea, boutique shopping, inspiring stories from survivors of human trafficking, and a fashion show featuring survivors as special guest models.
The event is a collaborative initiative benefitting StreetLightUSA and the Phoenix Dream Center Women's programs. Funds will be raised the day of the event through a Program Auction that gives attendees an opportunity to support specific services or programs that speak most to their heart. Material with details on each program auction item will be available in advance of event