Lighthouse, powered by Allies Against Slavery, is an innovative software platform used by organizations and groups to identify victims of human trafficking, coordinate care, and understand trends.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Data suggests that most trafficking victims are not identified. The dangers of not identifying victims include repeated exploitation, increased complexity of trauma, lack of recovery, and risk of recruitment within programs. Instead of waiting for victims to self identify or having confidence that victimization has occurred, professionals are proactively screening and reporting a suspicion of victimization to begin the appropriate response protocol.
Allies built Lighthouse to address this issue of victim identification, and help organizations improve their responsiveness and collaborate to better serve victims and survivors.
The cost for Lighthouse depends on the terms with states and the features used by sites. Lighthouse is available at no charge to organizations who use it for CSE-IT screenings in Texas and Louisiana, including case management and dashboard features.
Lighthouse has collaborative features that enable organizations to work together in groups and share data to coordinate care for their clients. Pricing is based on the number of locations, programs and groups. Contact Allies for details.
Lighthouse licenses for screening include basic setup, support and training, for up to 100 users. Customized configuration, support or training are available for a fee. Access to the Lighthouse statewide data platform has separate terms. Contact Allies for more information.
Allies, WestCoast, and states using Lighthouse have a common goal to combat modern slavery. Allies partnered with WestCoast to integrate CSE-IT within Lighthouse, enabling users to complete screenings easily and securely and access their CSE-IT data at any time.
Allies extended Lighthouse as a platform to analyze state-wide data to combat human trafficking. Lighthouse aggregates de-identified CSE-IT data with other sources to visualize demographics and trends. Stakeholders can use the analytical capabilities of Lighthouse to discover previously unseen connections in the data, and help build the collective intelligence necessary to create effective, data-driven solutions to trafficking.
Read about the Lighthouse data initiative at https://alliesagainstslavery.org/lighthouse-data-initiative/
To learn more about these partnerships, watch parts 1 and 2 of the webinar series: https://alliesagainstslavery.org/lighthouse-support-webinars/
For more instructions and a demo of how to use CSE-IT within Lighthouse, watch the Lighthouse 101 Webinar: https://alliesagainstslavery.org/lighthouse-101-webinar/
The Lighthouse data initiative (referenced above) analyzes and visualizes information about human trafficking statewide. By collecting this data, Lighthouse illuminates the problem so that we better understand the experiences of victims and survivors, deliver effective trauma-informed care, and learn from trends to proactively disrupt exploitation across the state. All data (including CSE-IT screenings) is de-identified - i.e., personally identifiable information, such as name or date of birth, is removed from records. An organization’s data may be included in the aggregate dashboards, but users will not be able to view screening results for individual clients. Read about the Lighthouse data initiative at https://alliesagainstslavery.org/lighthouse-data-initiative/ and contact Allies for more information.
The CSE-IT is the validated screening tool developed by WestCoast Children’s Clinic. This is the primary screening tool used by agencies in Texas and Louisiana, and has been adopted by organizations in many other states.
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