Shining a light of hope into the dark underworld of human trafficking and child sexual exploitation.
Operation Light Shine’s main purpose is to create, fund, develop and equip INTERCEPT Task Forces. Operation Light Shine provides everything the INTERCEPT Task Force needs from advanced technology, software, enterprise solutions, public and private partnerships necessary to support the multidisciplinary model, investigative equipment, coordination between domestic and international HT/CE operations, forensics capabilities, subject matter experts, advanced training, research and development all the way to covering rent, utilities and office supplies at each task force.
BEHIND THE VISION
Matthew Murphy was a Green Beret in the US Army, Special Forces Sniper, Special Operations Terminal Attack Controller, Communications Specialist, Foreign Weapons Expert, Unconventional Warfare Expert, and speaks Arabic in the Levantine and Modern Standard dialects. He is a veteran of wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and has lived and worked all over Europe and the Middle East since the age of 23.
Matthew is also the Founder and President of Operation Light Shine, a non-profit charity headquartered in Nashville, TN, whose mission is to combat human trafficking and child exploitation. He is a native of Memphis, TN and current resident of Nashville, TN. He has a fiance, two daughters, and another daughter on the way who inspire him to live a life of service to his country and community.
Matthew’s family was tragically affected by the fentanyl epidemic and human trafficking with the loss of his sister Sarah. Sarah went missing in early November 2019 and her body was found almost two months later on Christmas Eve by hunters. Sarah was murdered by a trafficker involved in selling drugs and women. Since Sarah’s death, Matt has turned pain into purpose and refocused his efforts from fighting terrorism to shining a light on yet another evil in the world, the fight against child exploitation and human trafficking.