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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Crime & Law, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: Children of the Night is a privately funded non-profit organization established in 1979 and dedicated to rescuing America’s children from the ravages of prostitution.

Results: We have rescued over 10,000 American children, boys and girls, from prostitution.

Programs: The shelter home provides appropriate care and supervision of american's children (ages 11-17) who have been forced to prostitute and seek refuge in our home, attend our onsite school and receive comprehensive case management. In the last 36 years we have placed 100 children in colleges across america and many of our successful graduates are teachers, 911 emergency operators, nurses and child care workers. In 2014, we received 5342 calls on our toll free nationwide sex trafficking hotline and 5016 online educational services and extensive case management through our wow program. There were 7 children who lived in our home that were placed in college. There were 4359 young women, 850 young men and 45 transgender who called our hotline. Of those callers 29 were rescued directly from a pimp/trafficker, 694 received intervention in a crisis. Our shelter home received 70 children (ages 11-17) who have been sex trafficked right here in the united states. This year only girls sought admission to our home and 63% of those girls were 16 years old or younger. Only 8 (11%) returned to the streets 7 (10%) of these children were placed in colleges 38 (54%) returned to their families 44 (63%) were 16 years of age or younger 4 completed a high school dipolma or passed the high school equivalency exam 2 participated in a college prep university summer camp 2 entered the los angeles county science fair and 1 won the nuclear society award 7 students completed the "baby think it over" program that includes an empathy belly and child care for a full week 14 (44%) developed keyboarding speeds in excess of 50wpm 9 completed a comprehensive independent living program completion of the independent living program and the achievement of at least 50 wpm in keyboarding provides the child with the opportunity to attend driver's training. 6 completed driver's training programchildren of the night wow(with out walls) offers young people in shelters, drop in centers and outreach programs throughout america on-line ged assessments and ged tutoring, funding for ged testing. In 2014 we partnered with goodwill of california as well as smaller agencies but plan to grow with goodwill nationwide. 29% of our referrals were from goodwill 21% were children of the night alumniin 2014, children of the night provided 5016 services to 490 clients in 30 states. There were 407 who received ged services and 83 who received case management. Of those callers 331 were female, 157 were male and 2 were transgender. Online tutoring represented 80% of our calls and 26 of our students successfulyy passed the ged. Online students were spread across the united states but significant numbers were as follows: 61% were calling from california 8% were from florida 7% were from north carolina 7% were from texas

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

15 years ago, I was haunted by a mural on the side of an office building in Hollywood, CA depicting a child prostitute along side the name of a rescue organization “Children of the Night.”

Compelled to visit the home and meet Dr. Lois Lee, who founded Children of the Night in 1979 as a walk-in shelter, I marveled at the magic of children between the ages of eleven and seventeen (all of them victims of child prostitution) getting to be regular kids and receiving an education at the on-site school. I was instantly inspired to become a financial donor as well as a volunteer, teaching journalism as extra credit for their English class.

My first week in the classroom, a 12-year-old wisp of a girl asked if she could write about her pimp… I decided this class would have no parameters on topic nor language. Some students pour out their feelings in poetry, others in desperate prose. After 14 years of reading these autobiographically inspired pieces, it never becomes easier to keep my tears in check.

13-year-old Hanna had been forced to provide sexual acts to boys in her school. Her grandmother reported it; but the school did nothing, so she pulled Hanna out and called COTN. Hanna has been at COTN since June 2014. A few months after arriving, she placed 2nd in the Los Angeles County Science Fair, competing against 1,000 teens from schools across our country. Last July, Hanna attended “Super Camp,” a college summer prep program at Stanford University!

Lea’s father sold her to sex trafficking (between Mexico & US). Last April, the 17-year-old was left for dead. Having the wits to contact Law Enforcement, Lea currently has 2 cases pending in the FBI & Sheriff’s Department. She is now sober and will be taking part 1 of the GED this month. Upon completion, she will enroll in a Nursing Program.

10,000 children have found their way to COTN. Most all of these runaway street kids’ stories began as abused children and they would do anything to survive.

In 2011, Dr. Lois Lee also created “Children of the Night With Out Walls” (WOW). WOW provides critical services needed to permanently remove anyone, any age from life on the streets. Recipients of these resources no longer have to be below 18 to have access to COTN’s life changing services.

I feel privileged to have been able help underwrite the cost of the WOW annex, that houses 9 video conferencing computers staffed by live tutors and helps people like 19-year-old Pete, who suffers with paranoia and is chronically homeless. WOW helped him get his High School Equivalency certificate, complete a resume, and enroll in a local community college. The COTN 24 hour hotline and case managers continue to provide him with the support services to manage his paranoia and successfully complete his college classes.

I am also proud to be the current chairman of the board of this extraordinary organization.

Review from #MyGivingStory

2

Donor

Rating: 4

As someone who is committed to helping children of sex trafficking, I am impressed with the work of this organization. To help so many with so little is impressive. Dr. Lee and her team has certainly earned my support.

Personally I find the comments about salary and earnings quite disingenuous. RESULTS matter far more then one persons compensation. The results speak for themselves. There are literally tens of thousands of good-minded charities with officers who are paid much less. But the RESULTS of those charities are often substandard and full of red-tape and bureaucracy as well. These "do it on the cheap" organizations don't have the RESULTS. Pouring money into a program that doesn't work is far most wasteful or our generosity then one that DOES.

Review from Guidestar

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Okay, so let me get this straight. Children of the Night used to be called the California Association of Trollops and was partially run by people we now consider human traffickers. Suddenly Hugh Hefner gets involved because he wants to "rescue teenagers from the ravages of prostitution," gives lots and lots of money, till he finally becomes their "hero" a year after he is presumably having sex with twin teenage sisters at the age of 83. And in addition, the founder, executive director, Lois Lee, "devised a scheme" to put another children's charity out of business. She gets people beaten and apparently holds a loaded gun right up to the chest of a 17 year old actress, threatening to kill her. But wait! a 14 year old girl is sodomized inside the Children of the Night shelter. Of course, this is after she tried to have a benefit with a date with a call girl as a grand prize from Danni Ash's Hard Drive. And this was after Children of the Night was majorly fined by the United States Postal Service for misusing their nonprofit bulk mailing permit. Lois Lee apparently takes pride that when she was younger, she used to take teenage girls in the sex trade in, in her apartment. Hmmm. I wonder if there would be any raised eyebrows if Hugh Hefner or Charlie Sheen did that? Oh, and check out the salary of Lois Lee on Guidestar. She make close to a quarter of a mil on a $2 mil budget. Great place to send kids. Great place to donate. Not. I was a runaway. I was a teenage girl prostitute. I know about Children of the Night all too well. Hey, if you see anyone from there coming, run Forrest, run!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am one of those ungrateful children who lived in the Children of the Night home for over 2 years. I was
not appreciative of staff who thought they could come in and make all of my problems go away with a
smile.
Children of the Night is not a place where people can come in and work and expect to feel good. It is
not about them it is about children, like me, who have suffered miserably at the hands of adults. That’s what makes Children of the Night different – it is about the kids not the staff.

Today I am a mother and successful professional – No other program or foster home could have or
would have seen me through my horrible childhood. I am sure some of the staff that came and left Children of the Night hated me too.

I am forever indebted to the staff and Lois Lee who stayed with me and saw me through the unraveling
of my childhood and preparation for my future.

No one else would have done this for me and the other children who lived in their home.


3

Client Served

Rating: 1

HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT !!!
!Real bad experince working there. Awful and horrible behavior from staff and Ceo president Lois. I was excited once I was hired but that lasted about a week!
Employee QUIT majority of the time. Trust me I was there to witness it! They have minimum amount of staff working there which made it more difficult. . It created intense pressure. Not much training and not enough hourly pay for what we had to endure!!

if you do not want your pay checks on time, if you do not mind working with people with no professionalism and do not mind being humiliated on constant basis by everyone!!

THen this is the job for you! The worse experince ever!!!!! I quit bcus I deserved to be treated humanly and fair!!!!!! This is just the facts im stating here..... is nothing but the truth !!


I understand it's all about the children but what does it tell you when staff in that facility are being replaced by the second bcus they decide to quit....
What does it tell you about how she's running the organization!

We are talking about ADULTS who demonstrated inappropriate, rude, obnoxious behavior, that created a hostile work environment for the rest of the staff who was recently hired but decided to leave due to mistreatment.
There hostile behavior, actions and communication was severe. the hostility seriously disrupted all of the employee’s work.
Lois is very degrading and nasty . I made my research on Lois and she's has prior record of misconduct. I also couldn't fathomed that she is friends with Hugh Hefner a man who was was having sex with twins who were underage. The only thing she's after is the money and fame .

2 Huntington

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Could there possibly be a worse organization? Children of the Night is a supposed "helping" charity that operates behind locked doors and barred windows. It says that it "rescues" teenage girls from the sex trade, but it posts Hugh Hefner as it's "hero" on its website. A 14-year-old girl was sodomized inside its shelter. Its director, Lois Lee, CON's Founder and Executive Director, takes an obscenely high salary. Lee caused a friend of mine to be beaten while she watched and from what I heard from direct eye witnesses, she aimed a presumably loaded gun with a silencer attached at a 17-year-old girl whom she conned into believing that the girl the 17-year-old girl was trying to help was an endangered runaway. I would as soon recommend that young girls be sent to Al Qaeda than to CON. Maybe that's a pretty extreme statement, but the fact is that it would be a cold day in hell before I would send any girl to either.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Since numerous people are pointing out the CEO, I thought I'd post the link to what they're referring. I'd also like point out, not all charities are nearly as transparent with where their money goes, not to mention that over 85% goes directly to charity. So while I'm not a huge fan of that large a salary, please don't throw the proverbial baby with the bath water. They do a ton of good work that needs done, and they exist because of donations and volunteers. The CEO taking home a large salary, doesn't negate that good work, nor does it nullify the substantial amount of money and percentage of money that goes directly to gifts/charity/etc.

Just some thoughts, and the link to the charity info is below. Regardless of what I've said, or anyone else view the info and facts below and make your own decision

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6611#.U7iJ-LHZ74g

9

Donor

Rating: 2

I've been a monthly donor for two years, but after learning from Charity Navigator that as of 2013, Lois Lee was taking a salary of ~ $240,000, my support will stop immediately. (The total annual revenue for Children of the Night is only about $1.5 million!) Other charitable organizations whose CEOs are paid the same amount (or less) as Lois have revenues of $80 million or more and are 30 times the size of COTN. Lois's compensation is unjustifiable in every way whatsoever.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr. lois lee Is a great person. She has helped change many lives. I know because she helped change mine. This is a great place for children that are on the street and want to get off of them and change their lives around. Keep up the good work LOIS......

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer for this organization and I've seen what Dr. Lee has done for over 20 years.

There is no amount of money that can repay her for her tireless work she has done on behalf of children.
- Rick Taylor

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I wanted to donate to this organization, but can't justify the salary for the founder. Who is being served here? Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$216,482 12.46% Lois Lee Founder

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Children of the NIght is the best organization I've ever had the priviledge of working for and Lois is beyond dedicated to the children her organization serves.

Her methods and ideas are progressive, well implemented, effective and reflected in the success of her program.

I ran the street teams for Children of the NIght in the 80's and 90's until it was no longer possible because gangs were dominating the streets and forced the kids underground. I can say from first hand expereience the services of Children of the Night need to be taken directly to the children where they survive. I don't know of any other agency capable of doing this other than Children of the Night.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Children of the Night is a caring, open, non-judgmental organization. It is a privately funded non-profit organization, dedicated to rescuing America’s children from the terrible ravages of prostitution and exploitation. The Children of the Night home is open to child prostitutes throughout the United States, and the Children of the Night hotline is open to rescue these children 24 hours a day; their hotline staff works closely with law enforcement to rescue children from pimps. After rescue, The Children of the Night Home has an on-site school and college placement program. Rescued kids complete a comprehensive program of academic and life-skills education, and upon completion, caseworkers are available to provide ongoing case management to hundreds of graduates. The staff is a caring, dedicated group of professionals.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Children of the Night is a valuable tool in the fight against American child prostitution. The founder goes above and beyond the call of duty to help rescue these children. The children get the help they need, justice is provided, and recovery begins here.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was living in Las Vegas, Nevada when I received a call from a girl I'll call "Jane Doe". She was only 17 years old. I knew she was living in a trailer with her father - and soon found out her father was actually her pimp. Turned on her father was also mom's pimp too. So every day he'd send mom and daughter out to bring him home "his money". In Vegas there's only a few shelters that will take someone under the age of 18 - and he knows where those shelters were. She was afraid if she went there - that he'd show up demanding to see her and as her father and with her being a minor that she could not refuse to see him. If she stayed with me she was also worried if he showed up with the police he could force them to make her leave and come home with him. She felt if she told the police she didn't want to go home with him because he was pimping her - that then he would take it out on her mom and her other sisters. I called Children of the Night and they said if I could get her to either an airport or a bus station they would arrange to pay for her transportation there to Los Angeles and take care of everything. She didn't have any ID to board a plane - so I took her to the bus station. Whenever I send someone to a program - I always ask them to call me to make sure they got admitted safe and sound. She told me she was made to feel welcome and felt very comfortable there at Children of the Night. They helped her get clean from drugs, get her GED, and a driver's license. I picked her up from the bus station when she came back to Vegas after CON helped her. She is now married, has two children, is clean from drugs and out of prostitution. Because of her age and the complication of her father being her pimp - I do not believe I could have helped her without CON being there for her the way they were. I also don't know of any other program that would have been able to respond so quickly when I called to have her on that bus just a few hours later. They are truly amazing and saving lives.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Lois and Children of the Night in 1996 as a victim. Children of the Night and Dr. Lois Lee helped me finish 2 years of high school in one year, become self reliant, and achive all the goals I have ever set out to do. Lois became my lifeline and without her I would probably be dead. She opened her heart and touched my life like no one else. COTN prosecuted the people who preyed on the innocent . I came to feel loved, and accepted. COTN helped me on a path that would turn my life around. I am who I am today because they were there for me. This is the least I can do to try and help other children who at some point will need their help. There are children living at COTN that need your help NOW. Please donate anything you can. www.childrenofthenight.org

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jody7 07/31/2010

I was living in Las Vegas, Nevada when I received a call from a girl I'll call "Jane Doe". She was only 17 years old. I knew she was living in a trailer with her father - and soon found out her father was actually her pimp. Turned on her father was also mom's pimp too. So every day he'd send mom and daughter out to bring him home "his money". In Vegas there's only a few shelters that will take someone under the age of 18 - and he knows where those shelters were. She was afraid if she went there - that he'd show up demanding to see her and as her father and with her being a minor that she could not refuse to see him. If she stayed with me she was also worried if he showed up with the police he could force them to make her leave and come home with him. She felt if she told the police she didn't want to go home with him because he was pimping her - that then he would take it out on her mom and her other sisters. I called Children of the Night and they said if I could get her to either an airport or a bus station they would arrange to pay for her transportation there to Los Angeles and take care of everything. She didn't have any ID to board a plane - so I took her to the bus station. Whenever I send someone to a program - I always ask them to call me to make sure they got admitted safe and sound. She told me she was made to feel welcome and felt very comfortable there at Children of the Night. They helped her get clean from drugs, get her GED, and a driver's license. I picked her up from the bus station when she came back to Vegas after CON helped her. She is now married, has two children, is clean from drugs and out of prostitution. Because of her age and the complication of her father being her pimp - I do not believe I could have helped her without CON being there for her the way they were. I also don't know of any other program that would have been able to respond so quickly when I called to have her on that bus just a few hours later. They are truly amazing and saving lives.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in a NYC police station beaten up with no where to turn, when I called Children of the Night's hotline. Two days later I was a resident. It was a home where I finally felt accepted and I could take advantage of being a kid. The shelter, which I thought I was going to run from, ended up being my home for four years. During my four years, I achieved an honorable mention in the Los Angeles County Science Fair, a scholarship to attend the Tyra Bank's summer camp, T-Zone. The follwoing summer Tyra requested me to attend her camp as a junior mentor. I also joined the Los Angeles Valley Community College speech and debate team and won several awards for my speeches. Before entering a university, I had accumlated 30 college units. I walked into the shelter as a victimized child who was taken advantage of sexually, physically, and mentally, but I graduated from the shelter,not only as a confident individual, but an individual to conquer my own destiny.

1 donausten@thursdayschild.org

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I was beaten by a volunteer of Children of the Night as its founder and director, Lois Lee sat idly watching. Lee had orchestrated "a scheme" to lure me to Marina del Rey in an attempt to discredit the organization for children I was with. I was left with permanent back injuries as a result, which are the cause of excruciating pain to this day. The following is from the charge evaluation sheet as completed by the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. LOS ANGELES COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHARGE EVALUATION SHEET DA CASE NU. 90-0556 COMPLAINT DEPUTY JAMES E. KOLLER REVIEWING DEPUTY R. GUNSON I.I.B File Case No. 090-0031 "It is this Internal Affairs Investigation prepared by Sergeants T. Pradia and Sergeant E. Allen of the Internal Investigations Bureau that reveals the true nature of the conflict that occurred on November 9, 1989. Lois Lee, Executive Director of Children of the Night, devised a scheme whereby Donald Austen1 would be lured from his business to assist a non-existent runaway girl. Ms. Lee states the purpose of this fraud was to obtain a photograph of Mr. Austen. Ms. Lee's plan was to have her friend, Robert Christie, request Mr. Austen meet the feigned runaway at a restaurant. To activate this ruse Ms. Lee obtained the assistance of a private investigator, two photographers, two co-workers, three deputy sheriffs and the deputy's wife. These nine individuals were present at the restaurant before Mr. Austen's arrival. This investigation reveals that off-duty Sergeant Gil Parra contacted the Marina del Rey Station and requested assistance in making a traffic stop of Donald Austen, whom he described as a homicide suspect. The evidence suggests an intent to unlawfully detain Mr. Austen. It is also clear that Sergeant Gil Parra and off-duty Lieutenant William Salveson misrepresented the legitimacy of their investigation of Donald Austen to the Marina del Rey Station deputies. And, we note the plan as described by Lois Lee appears far too elaborate for its express purpose of obtaining photographs." I was not the only victim of Lee's "scheme." Also were former Oregon police officer, Margaret Weems, and her daughter, actress, Priscilla Weems, who were both volunteers with my charity. In 2008, Children of the Night sued both me and the charity for publishing on the Internet what Children of the Night did. After the UCLU took up our right to freedom of speech, COTN dismissed their claim.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Once a week for the past eight years I've taught journalism at the shelter's on-site school. Getting to know these kids and witnessing Lois Lee's dynamic dedication to their well being has inspired me to become a major donor as well as a volunteer. I am honored to have recently been asked to join the board. Without this program these children would have nowhere to be safe. Because of it, the sky's the limit for what they can achieve!