What is the Circle of Light?

Inspired by the brave survivors we work with who are our guiding lights, the Circle of Light is a monthly giving program that provides legal services to survivors of human trafficking who do not otherwise have a legal voice. Your money goes directly to mobilizing the legal community to fight for justice and bring hope, safety and freedom for them and their children.

Join us to empower survivors in meaningful and long-lasting way to start new lives.

Become a Flame (a member of the Circle of Light) to make hope grow brighter.

Join at $20.15 (or another level meaningful to you).

Names of First Fifty Flames will be emblazoned on the ALIGHT website and material in perpetuity.

Each Flame is invited to an annual Circle of Light lunch with other Flames and special impact report by ALIGHT Executive Director.

Claim Your Flame!

 

  • Click “Claim Your Flame” to join The Circle of Light
  • Enter $20.15 for amount
  • Select “recurring” and set up a Monthly donation
  • We’ll follow up to confirm

The path to real freedom starts with being assigned a dedicated attorney who fights on their behalf to remove the specific legal obstacles in the survivor’s path. Even one hour with an attorney can transform a life. Whether securing child custody or renegotiating debt, each survivor has their own story. Read Tina’s Story 

Read Tina's Story

Now I can finally breathe and sleep.”
- Tina (survivor’s real name has been changed), December 2019

Tina knows how creative and relentless traffickers are in their abuse. Even after she physically escaped, her trafficker found ways to harass her using the local justice system. The trafficker filed a restraining order against Tina without her knowledge. Tina was then arrested on 4 separate occasions for unknowingly violating the order. As a result, she was living in a constant state of fear of being arrested.

Within one day of Tina’s request, ALIGHT connected her to Jes Jones, who specializes in criminal law and is part of ALIGHT’s mobilized legal network. Week after week, Ms. Jones fought the four charges, and took specific measures to help Tina have peace of mind. Ms. Jones called with weekly case updates and advocated with Tina’s public defender and local service providers. Everyone pitched in, including taking turns to sit with Tina during the hearings while her abuser was there and covering transportation costs.

After receiving nearly $10,000 in legal services through ALIGHT, Tina’s 3 criminal charges were dropped and the 4th charge was settled. She can now pursue immigration status, and not be blocked from applying for jobs.

Tina is just one example of how ALIGHT’s innovative and rapid response system translates into a fresh start for human trafficking survivors.

Why monthly giving?

Monthly donations help more of your donation go directly to survivors.

How? It helps us reduce the administrative overhead of processing checks and payments, and lowers the ongoing cost of outreach. It also helps ALIGHT to better plan and manage communication with our members through automation and reducing the number of mailings that we need to send out to make our cause more visible.

About ALIGHT

ALIGHT believes that all survivors deserve a fresh start. ALIGHT mobilizes the legal community in a unique way - running an app-based program that has been nationally recognized by the American Bar Association. That means we use technology to help survivors connect to the right attorney at the right time.

Funds raised through the Circle of Light enable ALIGHT to build and support our “mobilized” legal network so that survivors receive professional help on their legal challenges, from child custody to debt, safety and more.

Monthly donations help more of your donation go directly to help survivors.

About Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a crime, it is also a business. Human trafficking is the profiting from the vulnerability of other human beings. Our society creates a great deal of vulnerability because of economic, racial and gender-based inequality. From runaway teens to single mothers trying to make ends meet, we pass victims and survivors of human trafficking all the time, without realizing it. To break the cycle of vulnerability, ALIGHT matches survivors to attorneys who help them enforce their rights and unlock the opportunities in life that we all deserve.
Funds raised through the Circle of Light enable ALIGHT to build and support our “mobilized” legal network so that survivors receive professional help on their legal challenges, from child custody to debt, safety and more.

Monthly donations help more of your donation go directly to help survivors.

First Fifty Flames of Circle of Light

  1. Mickail Farrin
  2. David Miller
  3. Skip Thurman
  4. Margaret Fraser
  5. Melinda Delmonico
  6. Robert Connelly
  7. Dare Rosebery