In 2017, community members from South Central Pennsylvania gathered for an anti-human trafficking awareness event and were compelled to address modern day slavery in their communities. They learned that since 2007, thousands of victims of human trafficking had been identified in Pennsylvania, yet there was sparse education and awareness and few resources for survivors.
After the event, a group of ordinary people—students, parents, business leaders, pastors, teachers, and health care workers—came together and asked themselves: what more can we do? How can we prevent human trafficking, address it alongside lawmakers and law enforcement, and serve survivors who often lack resources after being rescued?
These questions led to the formation of Greenlight Operation, a local grassroots ministry out of Christian Life Assembly in Cumberland County. In 2018, they set out to raise awareness about human trafficking, make connections in the anti-human trafficking community, and raise funds to open a long-term restoration home for trafficking survivors.
Why do we call ourselves Greenlight Operation? Because we’re on a mission to turn red-light districts into Greenlight Districts. We don’t just want to be known for what we’re against, but what we’re for: freedom, collaboration, and restoration. To fight against human trafficking, yes, but also to promote a culture that values the dignity of human life and loves our neighbor more than ourselves.
Since our founding, we have led over 75 human trafficking seminars, consulted and collaborated with a variety of community groups and law enforcement agencies, and have laid the groundwork to launch a sustainable and effective restoration home program.
In 2021, we officially launched as an independent nonprofit in Pennsylvania, joined the National Human Trafficking Sheltered Alliance, and were accepted into the nationally renowned Institute for Shelter Care’s Mentorship Program.
While we continue gathering support and resources to launch a thriving restoration home program, we remain committed to addressing human trafficking in our communities through ordinary people doing extraordinary work.
Greenlight Operation is a newly incorporated 501(c)(3) and is in the process of filing its 1023. For now, Christian Life Assembly provides operational support to Greenlight Operation, such as our giving platform. Your donations are 100% tax-deductible and go toward Greenlight Operation’s mission.
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