What is Stop Traffic Walk?

The Stop Traffic Walk raised funds for the nation’s largest human trafficking rescue & rehabilitation program at the Phoenix Dream Center and StreetLightUSA. The funds you raise through Stop Traffic Walks in your city will help rescue trafficked individuals, and give them the skills necessary to build a strong and vibrant life.

Upcoming Walks

“2021 Stop Traffic Walk Honored Hero”

Shauna fell into sex trafficking when she was in a relationship with a man she trusted. That trust turned to abuse and blackmail, which led to being trapped into a lifestyle that she did not want.  Shauna eventually found her way to the Phoenix Dream Center in July of 2018. The Dream Center was the foundation that helped change her life. Today, she is thriving and helping others who are trapped in human trafficking get out and build a new life full of hope and purpose.

Why should I join this cause?

Only 1 out of every 100 individuals trafficked will be rescued.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING. It’s modern-day slavery. And it’s believed to be the third-largest criminal activity in the world. There are an estimated 40 million victims of human trafficking, globally. 

Before their lives have even begun, many young children are forced to endure horrors beyond imagination.

This is not something that only happens in some distant part of the world. This nightmare exists here in our own backyard!

How You Can Help!

By donating to the cause or by raising money through the walks in your city will help in the fight to end human trafficking. Use the buttons below to Donate or get information about hosting a walk in your city. Thank You!

 

 

The Stop Traffic Walk Team

JoAnna Shipe
Chair

JoAnna P. Shipe serves as the Volunteer Coordinator and Lead Advocate for Where Hope Lives at the Phoenix Dream Center. She started as a volunteer in January, 2016, and quickly moved into leadership roles using her 28 years’ experience as a Pink Cadillac Director with Mary Kay to lead the Volunteer Force at Phoenix Dream Center! She uses her business and all her sales profits towards the Phoenix and Short Creek Dream Centers Residents. JoAnna also teaches a Professional Image class at Phoenix Dream Center and supports the residents in preparing to re-enter today’s world with confidence in their business etiquette skills and people development skills. She also created and coordinates the Secret Sister and Big Brother projects at PDC; a gift program designed to connect participants with residents to form relationships through themed gifts and written communication every month. JoAnna is passionate about the rescue, restoration, and complete recovery of victims of human trafficking. .

Kristie Barnett-Sexton

Kristie Barnett Sexton
National Chair

Kristie Barnett Sexton is responsible for the vision and strategy behind this event that will promote community involvement and raise awareness for the Phoenix Dream Center and StreetLightUSA, the nation’s largest human trafficking rescue & rehabilitation programs.

“With Arizona ranking 16th in the nation for human sex trafficking, it is still shocking to me that so many of the people I talk to are unaware that this is going on in our own backyards. While only 1 out of 100 victims are rescued, it is our responsibility to do something about this. By shedding a light on this issue, through events like the Stop Traffic Walk, we can begin to create change.”

Kristie has always had a heart for helping her community. She was raised in a family where outreach and service were part of their daily lives. Through the years, Kristie has practiced these values with her own family and their business in various ways. Kristie and her husband are founders and owners of Sexton Services, where philanthropy is one of their core pillars. “It has always been a priority for us to instill the power of service into our children and our employees. Everything we can do to help, no matter how big or how small, will make a difference.” – Kristie Barnett Sexton