Organizations Disrupting Human Trafficking in Tennessee

              Anti-Human Trafficking organizations serving in or serving from Tennessee will be listed below categorized by their strategic response and their scope. Regional organizations will be separated according to the four regions the TBI uses: West, Middle, East, and Upper East. The single point of contact (SPOC) is an anti-human trafficking organization designated by the TBI in each region. This system allows the TBI to automatically refer tips to the organization in that region to ensure that no one is slipping through the cracks. The SPOCs are also a major resource to other non-profits and faith communities in each region. The single point of contact for West TN is Restore Corps, for Middle TN is End Slavery Tennessee, and for Upper East is The Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking. The SPOC for East TN has been open, but Her Song is in the process of expanding to Chattanooga and will fill that spot.

If an organization pursues efforts in multiple concentrations, their name will be listed under each.

Education

National/International organizations

·       A21 provides educational curriculum, prevention programs, and awareness material for children, parents, students, and community members to help reduce the risk of human trafficking. They also have rescue and restoration efforts in other parts of the country and world.

Leader: Nick Caine

Website: A21 | A21

Address: 2781 W MacArthur Blvd Ste B #605, Santa Ana, CA 92704

Phone: 949-202-4681

Email: info@a21.org

·       ECPAT USA offers anti trafficking curricula for youth and community members in order to train people to identify warning signs and to equip people with the knowledge they need to protect themselves from traffickers.

Leader: Lori L. Cohen

Website: ECPAT-USA (ecpatusa.org)

Address: 86 Wyckoff Avenue #609 Brooklyn, NY 11237

Phone: 718-935-9192

Email: info@ecpatusa.org

·       Engage Together provides resources to prevent trafficking by educating individuals and communities on how to disrupt human trafficking collectively. They help train communities to combat trafficking effectively.

Leader: Alana Flora (Director); Ashleigh S. Chapman (President & CEO)

Website: Engage Together®

Address: 1938 Harney St #164 Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: 833-258-8758

Email: connect@engagetogether.com

·       Free for Life International focuses their efforts in the United States on equipping citizens to be able to identify and appropriately respond to potential trafficking scenarios. They also developed a prevention curriculum for at risk youth, orphans, and refugees to teach them about healthy boundaries, safe support, and what to do if they suspect they have encountered a trafficking attempt.

Leader: Gabrielle Thompson

Website: Home - freeforlifeintl.org

Address: PO Box 682067 Franklin, TN 37068

Phone: 888-335-8835

Email: info@freeforlifeintl.org

·       Hope for Justice USA has a variety of strategic responses to human trafficking. On the education front, they empower people to protect themselves and their loved ones through their outreach team and community education initiatives. They also train professionals on how to spot the signs of trafficking and to respond.

Leader: Tim Nelson

Website: Hope for Justice

Address: PO Box 280365 Nashville, TN 37228

Phone: 615-356-0946

Email: info.us@hopeforjustice.org

·       It’s a Penalty creates and broadcasts global campaigns during major sporting events to prevent human trafficking and exploitation by educating the world about the issues and signs to look out for related to human trafficking and giving sport spectators resources to report such crimes.

Leader: Sarah De Carvalho
Website: It's a Penalty – Ending abuse, exploitation and human trafficking on a global scale. (itsapenalty.org)
Address: 67 The High St Leatherhead, Surrey – KT22 8AH – UK

Phone: +44 (0) 1372 375848

Email: hello@itsapenalty.org

·       Raising a Voice has its headquarters in Knoxville but also has efforts in Argentina, Rwanda, and Kenya. They educate and equip communities around the globe, specifically on the correlation between exploitation and injustices, to prevent human trafficking.

Leader: Will and Katie Boggs

Website: Home | Raising a Voice

Address: PO Box 3544 Knoxville, TN 37927

Phone: ??

Email: info@raisingavoice.org

·       Rescue 1 focuses on prevention through providing a Human Trafficking 101 curriculum for church groups, first responders, educators, and any other professional or community member that wants to be more aware.

Leader: Daniel Tolar (CEO) and Lacy Tolar (Founder)

Website: Rescue 1Global | A 21st Century Abolitionist Movement
Address: 6688 Nolensville Rd Ste 108/167, Brentwood, TN 37027

Phone: 615-348-7273

Email: help@Rescue1Global.org

·       Shared Hope International provides trainings for first responders and community members to identify warning signs of sex trafficking and to use intervention techniques. They also initiate campaigns to raise awareness of child sex slavery in various communities.

Leader: Linda Smith

Website: Shared Hope International

Address: PO Box 1907 Vancouver, WA 98668-9807

Phone: 866-437-5433

Email: savelives@sharedhope.org

·       The Cool Aunt is a series created by Rachel Thomas to educate teens, at risk preteens, and parents about the danger and signs of human trafficking. She has created award winning curricula for parents, schools, and youth organizations to prevent young people from being exploited.

Leader: Rachel Thomas

Website: The Cool Aunt: Sex Trafficking Talk with Auntie Rachel (thecoolauntseries.com)
Address: ?

Phone: 323-577-5769

Email: team@thecoolauntseries.com

·       The Polaris Project collects data and researches sex and labor trafficking in order to inform counter-trafficking efforts. They provide evidence and show patterns to help design policy and programs to prevent and disrupt this crime. 

Leader: Catherine Chen
Website: Polaris | We Fight to End Human Trafficking (polarisproject.org)
Address: PO Box 65323 Washington DC 20035
Phone: 202-790-6300

Email: info@polarisproject.org

·       Traffick Jam Live uses musical artist’s streaming headliner concerts to allow other anti-trafficking organizations to fundraise through Traffick Jam Live’s produced streams. They also distribute messaging on what to look for in spotting signs of trafficking.

Leader: Bo Beatty (Co-Founder)

Website: Traffick Jam Live
Address: PO Box 811 Georgetown, CT 06829

Phone: ?

Email: info@traffickjamlive.org

·       Truckers Against Trafficking educates, empowers, and equips people in the trucking and bus industry to be the eyes and ears on the road and combat human trafficking by recognizing and reporting the crime.

Leader: Kendis Paris

Website: Truckers Against Trafficking • TRUCKERS AGAINST TRAFFICKING

Address: PO Box 816 Englewood, CO 80151

Phone: 612-888-4828

Email: tat.truckers@gmail.com

·       United Against Slavery focuses its outreach and data collection efforts nationally. They base their data collection on anti-trafficking stakeholders’ knowledge, experiences, and challenges to better inform and improve counter-trafficking efforts.

Leader: Christi Wigle

Website: United Against Slavery

Address: 2348 W Andrew Johnson Hwy, #261 Morristown, TN 37814

Phone: 423-405-4442

Email: feedback@unitedagainstslavery.org

·       Wellspring Living is based out of Atlanta, GA, but they offer trainings to equip developing organizations or individuals in cities across the nation to understand and respond to sexual exploitation in their community. In Atlanta, they also have residential and community programs for survivors and those at risk.

Leader: Mary Frances Bowley

Website: Wellspring Living | To Live And Dream Again

Address: 1040 Boulevard, Suite M Atlanta, GA 30312

Phone: 404-948-4673

Email: info@wellspringliving.org

Special Mention: As a special mention, we wanted to include Freedom’s Promise who are based in Nashville, TN but solely focus their efforts on Cambodia. We are happy to have this anti-human trafficking organization in our state fighting for change in another part of the globe.

·       Freedom’s Promise focuses their prevention efforts on those most susceptible to human trafficking in Cambodia. Through education on vulnerabilities and tactics and community development, they aim to prevent more Cambodians from becoming trafficked.

Leader: Tiffany Atkinson

Website: PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND RESTORE COMMUNITIES. (freedomspromise.org)

Address: PO Box 58996 Nashville, TN 37205

Phone: 615-807-0492

Email: contact@freedomspromise.org

State organizations

·       IT Has To Stop equips all citizens and businesses in Tennessee to know how to identify and respond to human trafficking. This is an outreach campaign that TBI launched to focus on awareness and education around human trafficking.

Leader: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Website: IT Has To Stop

Address: ?
Phone: ?
Email: ?

·       Street Grace has a variety of initiatives that train city leaders, municipality leaders, business sector leaders, and law enforcers and teach youth, community members, and vulnerable populations to be able to spot possible human trafficking incidents.

Leader: Ryan Dunlap (Executive Director - TN)

Website: Home - Street Grace

Address: 5705 Uptain Rd Chattanooga, TN 37411

Phone: 678-809-2111

Email: info@streetgrace.org

·       Street Hope has the desire to eliminate the trafficking of children in Tennessee through prevention and education programs for youth and adults. They are also in the process of building a safe house for victims in East Tennessee.

Leader: Devin Payne

Website: Home - Street Hope TN

Address: PO Box 1170, Powell, TN 37849

Phone: 865-233-6780

Email: info@streethopetn.org

Regional organizations

              West Tennessee

·       Restore Corps is the SPOC for West Tennessee and aims to equip communities by speaking with and educating youth, professionals, and community members on how to identify potential trafficking cases.

Leader: Rachel Sumner Haaga

Website: Restore Corps

Address: PO Box 11748 Memphis, TN 38111

Phone: 901-410-3590

Email: info@restorecorps.org

              Middle Tennessee

·       End Slavery Tennessee is the SPOC for Middle Tennessee and trains professionals and community members on how to identify human trafficking victims. They also aid in prevention by teaching vulnerable youth and community members about the dangers of trafficking through curriculum and innovative strategies.

Leader: Margie Quin

Website: End Slavery Tennessee (endslaverytn.org)

Address: PO Box 160069 Nashville, TN 37216

Phone: 615-806-6899

Email: info@endslaverytn.org

·       Human Trafficking Survivors Court Foundation works to be a catalyst for awareness of human trafficking as they collaborate with their community to help vulnerable individuals feel empowered and thus less at risk of being trafficked. They focus on helping fund Cherished Hearts Court who are combating human trafficking.

Leader: ?

Website: Human Trafficking Survivor Court Foundation (htscf.org)

Address: 1310 6th Avenue North Nashville, TN 37208

Phone: ?

Email: ?

              East Tennessee

·       Her Song provides curriculum to educate boys and girls on the dangers of human trafficking. They are currently in the process of expanding to Chattanooga. We are so excited to welcome them to Tennessee.

Leader: Rachel White

Website: Home | HER SONG | Florida

Address: 1929 San Marco Place Jacksonville, FL 32207

Phone: 904-513-0203
Email: info@hersongjax.org

·       7th Well holds a juvenile prevention program that focuses on decreasing vulnerabilities of trafficking through raising awareness of the vulnerabilities and community care. They also provide educational sessions on this issue via school presentations, public and private trainings, and other community events.

Leader: Tess and Zach Brandon

Website: 7th Well

Address: PO Box 22481 Chattanooga, TN 37422

Phone: 423-641-0219

Email: info@7thwell.com

·       Blazing Hope Ranch holds Camp Run Free for at-risk youth to educate them on the dangers of human trafficking and the tactics used by traffickers. They also have a program called Guardians of Hope targeted to decrease the demand of trafficking by educating men on how consuming pornography and engaging in sexual exploitation fuels the desire for human traffickers to exploit people.

Leader: David and Jolien Haggard

Website: Anti-trafficking | Blazing Hope Ranch | United States

Address: PO Box 164 Dayton, TN 37321

Phone: 423-667-3820
Email: blazinghopetn@gmail.com

·       Willowbend Farms provides trainings for businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals to identify and respond to cases and education on prevention for parents and children. They do have specialized trainings for specific stakeholders such as healthcare workers, educators, transportation groups, hospitality industry, and more.

Leader: Sarah McKinnis

Website: WillowBendFarms – Restoring Human Trafficking Survivors

Address: 3757 Georgetown Road NW Cleveland, TN 37312

Phone: 423-250-5700

Email: info@willowbendfarms.org

              Upper East Tennessee

·       Grow Free – Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking is the SPOC for Upper East Tennessee and provides specific educational trainings for various professions and general trainings for community members to be able to spot red flags and respond safely. They also work with children to help them recognize their own vulnerabilities and be able to understand when someone might be trying to take advantage of them.

Leader: Natalie Ivey

Website: CCAHT powering Grow Free TN

Address: PO Box 20937 Knoxville, TN 37940

Phone: 865-236-1046
Email: info@ccaht.org

Education for Specific Employment Sectors

              It is imperative that everyone is educated on the tactics that traffickers use to manipulate, the signs that a person is possibly being trafficked, and how to respond safely. Listed below are some professions that are most likely to interact with a person who is currently being trafficked.

·       Teachers and Educators

·       Youth Ministers/ House of Worship Youth Workers

·       Law Enforcement

·       Department of Correction

·       Medical Providers

·       Mental Health/Behavioral Health Counselors

·       Social Services/ Case Management

·       Public Transportation

·       Hospitality

·       Department of Children’s Services Personnel

·       Other Youth Focused Work

·       Substance Abuse Counselors

·       Legal Professionals

Resources are provided at the bottom under the Call to Action to provide education/training in these areas.

For example, one study on human trafficking identification reported that between 30 and 88 percent of people still in “the life” go and see a medical professional (Human Trafficking Identification and Service Provision in the Medical and Social Service Sectors (nih.gov)). There is no way to know the precise percentage, but regardless, there lies an important opportunity for intervention. If we are educated on human trafficking, we can play a part in preventing more cases and intervening current ones.

I want to give Margie Quin, CEO of End Slavery TN, a special thanks in providing this list of specific employment sectors.

 

Enforcement

National/International organizations

·       ECPAT USA advocates for legislation that protects children who have been sex trafficked. They provide policy recommendation and advocacy support for policymakers and organizations across the country to strengthen trafficking policies. 

Leader: Lori L. Cohen

Website: ECPAT-USA (ecpatusa.org)

Address: 86 Wyckoff Avenue #609 Brooklyn, NY 11237

Phone: 718-935-9192

Email: info@ecpatusa.org

·       Hope for Justice USA is based in Nashville, TN and has a variety of strategic responses to human trafficking. On the enforcement front, they are involved in advocating and campaigning for policy change. For example, they strongly endorsed and helped draft important sections of the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2021.

Leader: Tim Nelson

Website: Hope for Justice

Address: PO Box 280365 Nashville, TN 37228

Phone: 615-356-0946

Email: info.us@hopeforjustice.org

·       Shared Hope International researches each state’s child sex trafficking laws and reports legal analysis for stakeholders. They also offer their legal team to legislators and other stakeholders to create strong laws to fight child sex trafficking. Shared Hope advocates for trauma-informed services for minor sex trafficking victims among other issues related to child sex trafficking.

Leader: Linda Smith

Website: Shared Hope International

Address: PO Box 1907 Vancouver, WA 98668-9807

Phone: 866-437-5433

Email: savelives@sharedhope.org

State organizations

·       The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is the lead agency for human trafficking crimes in the state. TBI focuses on pursuing human trafficking tips and coordinating human trafficking operations across the state.

Leader: David B. Rausch

Website: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) (tn.gov)

Address: 901 R.S. Gass Boulevard Nashville, TN 37216

Phone: 615-744-4000

Email: ?

·       End Slavery Tennessee is the SPOC for Middle Tennessee and focuses on advocacy and collaboration at the local, state, and federal level to make systematic change and influence laws.

Leader: Margie Quin

Website: End Slavery Tennessee (endslaverytn.org)

Address: PO Box 160069 Nashville, TN 37216

Phone: 615-806-6899

Email: info@endslaverytn.org

·       Restore Corps is the SPOC for West Tennessee and engages in advocacy initiatives to improve human trafficking laws in the state.

Leader: Rachel Sumner Haaga

Website: Restore Corps

Address: PO Box 11748 Memphis, TN 38111

Phone: 901-410-3590

Email: info@restorecorps.org

·       Street Grace has an initiative called Transaction Intercept in which they use an artificial intelligence chatbot to replicate humans online and chat with online buyers of minor sex to communicate the risks and consequences. They also assist in drafting legislation and providing data to advocate for stronger human trafficking laws and policies.

Leader: Ryan Dunlap (Executive Director - TN)

Website: Home - Street Grace

Address: 5705 Uptain Rd Chattanooga, TN 37411

Phone: 678-809-2111

Email: info@streetgrace.org

Major Policies/Laws in TN

              Shared Hope International’s 2019 report card assessment of the child human trafficking laws in place in each of the 50 states gave Tennessee an A.

 In the first report card Shared Hope released in 2011, Tennessee received a C. Since the TBI published their study on human trafficking in Tennessee in 2011, the General Assembly has passed between 75 and 100 laws to better combat human trafficking. Below are just a few of the many laws passed to related to trafficking.

In 2011, an important law passed to decriminalize prostitution for minors. The law clearly defined the role of children in prostitution as the victim of trafficking, not an offender. Also, penalties for promoting prostitution of a minor and patronizing prostitution of a minor increased (Senate Bill 64).

In 2012, a law passed changed language from “sexual servitude” to “a commercial sex act” in regard to trafficking being a Class B felony. However, if the victim is under 15, the law clarifies that it is a Class A felony (Senate Bill 2371).

In 2013, a bill passed prohibited defendants from using consent as a defense in the case of sexual exploitation of a minor (Senate Bill 1030). Also, in 2013, the charge for promoting prostitution of a minor increased from Class E felony to Class A or B felony depending on specifics (Senate Bill 1032).

 In 2014, a law was passed to attack the “demand” of human trafficking by increasing the penalty of patronizing prostitution from a minor or person with an intellectual disability from a Class E felony to a Class A or B felony (Senate Bill 1815).

In 2015, a bill passed to give law enforcement more training to detect, investigate, intervene, and prosecute human trafficking cases via the TBI (Senate Bill 16). Another law extends the statute of limitations for minor victims of human trafficking to 25 years after their 18th birthday to address the crime (Senate Bill 373). 

In 2016, state lawmakers passed a law to increase penalties to a Class E felony for traffickers promoting another person for prostitution (Senate Bill 2121).

In 2017, legislation was passed that increased the penalty of patronizing prostitution from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor. This law helps attack the demand of trafficking (Senate Bill 551).

In 2018, promoting prostitution of a person with intellectual disabilities was deemed punishable as human trafficking for a commercial sex act. This increased the penalty from a Class E felony to a Class D felony (Senate Bill 2517).

In 2019, the General Assembly began requiring human trafficking curriculum in family life in Tennessee’s public schools. This also requires teacher to receive training on detection and intervention of child human trafficking (Senate Bill 1195). A bill also passed which allows human trafficking victims to apply for their associated non-violent crimes to be expunged from their record (Senate Bill 577).

The state has made vast improvements in strengthening their laws against and related to human trafficking over the last 10 years. However, as more is discovered about human trafficking, there will always be a need for strengthening and amending laws to best disrupt this crime.

Engagement

National/International organizations

·       Hope for Justice USA is based in Nashville, TN and has a variety of strategic responses to human trafficking. On the engagement front, they build relationships of trust with victims and then help bring them to safety. They also offer tailored restorative care to help survivors overcome trauma and rebuild their lives.

Leader: Tim Nelson

Website: Hope for Justice

Address: PO Box 280365 Nashville, TN 37228

Phone: 615-356-0946

Email: info.us@hopeforjustice.org

 

·       Raising a Voice has its headquarters in Knoxville but also has efforts in Argentina, Rwanda, and Kenya. They have a drop-in center in Knoxville to offer women who are being exploited a safe space to retreat and build trustworthy relationships.

Leader: Will and Katie Boggs

Website: Home | Raising a Voice

Address: PO Box 3544 Knoxville, TN 37927

Phone: ??

Email: info@raisingavoice.org

·       Rescue 1 is a global organization based in Brentwood, TN. They have Special Ops teams that aim to rescue, intervene, or intercept minor victims or self-identified victims of human trafficking. They also have just opened their first aftercare home for minor girls in the USA, located in Nashville.

Leader: Daniel Tolar (CEO) and Lacy Tolar (Founder)

Website: Rescue 1Global | A 21st Century Abolitionist Movement
Address: 6688 Nolensville Rd Ste 108/167, Brentwood, TN 37027

Phone: 615-348-7273

Email: help@Rescue1Global.org

·       Shared Hope International partners with local organizations focused on providing restorative care to offer business mentorship and their research to help improve services. They also created the Women’s Investment Network to provide women survivors with vocational training, leadership development, and job skills courses.

Leader: Linda Smith

Website: Shared Hope International

Address: PO Box 1907 Vancouver, WA 98668-9807

Phone: 866-437-5433

Email: savelives@sharedhope.org

·       The Polaris Project operates the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline and assists victims in finding help and safety.

Leader: Catherine Chen
Website: Polaris | We Fight to End Human Trafficking (polarisproject.org)
Address: PO Box 65323 Washington DC 20035
Phone: 202-790-6300

Email: info@polarisproject.org

Regional organizations

              West Tennessee

·       Restore Corps is the SPOC for West Tennessee and provides temporary relief via food, housing, and clothing, longer term aftercare, and resources to develop skills and continue education/learning. They also have the Blossom House which provides a place to stay for some survivors engaging in their services.

Leader: Rachel Sumner Haaga

Website: Restore Corps

Address: PO Box 11748 Memphis, TN 38111

Phone: 901-410-3590

Email: info@restorecorps.org

·       A Way Out Ministries offers a 2-year program designed to rescue and restore women who have been victims of sex trafficking and the commercial sex industry. They provide medical assistance, financial assistance, life skills classes, daily necessities, housing, counseling, and more. They also outreach through their call center and refer women to safe houses if they want to escape “the life”.

Leader: Kaitrin E. Valenica

Website: A Way Out Ministries (awoministries.org)

Address: PO Box 770775 Memphis, TN 38177

Phone: 901-452-7884

Email: info@awoministries.org

·       Skyway Railroad is working toward a national collaboration, but their current impact is in the greater Memphis area. They run a call center to reach women being trafficked in online escort services. Their hope is to launch outreach in brothels, hotels, strip clubs, truck stops, and casinos and then to open a long-term safe house for women.

Leader: ?

Website: National Collaboration | Skyway Railroad

Address: PO Box 48 Eads TN, 38028

Phone: 888-244-3571

Email: info@skywayrailroad.org

·       Scarlet Rope Project mainly focuses on offering a residential, holistic care program to women and providing resources and necessities to women still in the cycle of sex trafficking.

Leader: Julanne Stone

Website: Scarlet Rope Project

Address: PO Box 7937 Jackson, TN 38302

Phone: 347-455-1656

Email: scarletropeproject@gmail.com

·       Thistle and Bee Enterprises has a 2-year residential and healing program for survivors of sex trafficking in which they have support services, an opportunity to work in their shop, and life skills training.

Leader: Robert O’Connor

Website: Thistle and Bee – Thistle and Bee Enterprises Inc.

Address: PO Box 111607 Memphis, TN 38103

Phone: 901-410-1418

Email: info@thistleandbee.org

              Middle Tennessee

·       End Slavery Tennessee is the SPOC for Middle Tennessee and provides long term, trauma-informed aftercare for survivors of human trafficking. They offer in-house services as well as through other community service providers.

Leader: Margie Quin

Website: End Slavery Tennessee (endslaverytn.org)

Address: PO Box 160069 Nashville, TN 37216

Phone: 615-806-6899

Email: info@endslaverytn.org

·       Nashville Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition connects with and rescues women being trafficked by providing resources to break addictions and trauma bonds.

Leader: Mary Trapnell

Website: Nashville Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition | NAHT (nahtcoalition.org)

Address: PO Box 158972 Nashville, TN 37215

Phone: 270-779-8312

Email: info@nahtcoalition.org

·       Rest Stop Ministries provides survivor-centered, trauma-informed care for female survivors of domestic sex trafficking in a residential community. While they accept referrals from other parts of the state, their main ministry is in Middle Tennessee.

Leader: Rondy M. Smith

Website: HOME | reststopministries

Address: PO Box 156 Hermitage TN, 37076

Phone: 615-965-2647

Email: reststopministires@gmail.com

·       Thistle Farms focuses on restoring the physical, mental, and economic freedom of trafficking survivors through their residential aftercare program and job opportunities.

Leader: Hal Cato

Website: Thistle Farms - Healing, Hope, & Freedom For Women Survivors

Address: 5122 Charlotte Ave Nashville, TN 37209

Phone: 615-298-1140

Email: customerservice@thistlefarms.org

             

East Tennessee

·       Her Song offers a residential care model to give trafficking survivors the space to experience rest, healing, and transformation. They also partake in jail outreach and offers survivors mentoring and coaching for their future success. Her Song is currently in the process of expanding to Chattanooga. We are so excited to welcome them to Tennessee.

Leader: Rachel White

Website: Home | HER SONG | Florida

Address: 1929 San Marco Place Jacksonville, FL 32207

Phone: 904-513-0203
Email: info@hersongjax.org

·       7th Well provides a trauma-informed Day Program for minors who have experienced sexual exploitation and a Drop-In Center for those who are currently trapped in the life of sex trafficking.

Leader: Tess and Zach Brandon

Website: 7th Well

Address: PO Box 22481 Chattanooga, TN 37422

Phone: 423-641-0219

Email: info@7thwell.com

·       Blazing Hope Ranch aims to restore wholeness to female survivors through a transitional live-in program and trauma-informed after care.

Leader: David and Jolien Haggard

Website: Anti-trafficking | Blazing Hope Ranch | United States

Address: PO Box 164 Dayton, TN 37321

Phone: 423-667-3820
Email: blazinghopetn@gmail.com

·       Cry for the Broken reaches out to and builds relationship with women that are being sexually exploited in prostitution. They serve them by meeting their basic needs (water, food, hygiene) and loving them well. They also bring them into a live-in program if the women express desire to leave "the life".

Leader: Catrina Cabe

Website: Home | Cry For the Broken

Address: 5612 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, TN 37343

Phone: 423-320-5778

Email: cryforthebroken@gmail.com

·       Exodus Chattanooga provides a 12-month, Christ-centered housing ministry to support women who are completing existing recovery programs and taking next steps.

Leader: Theresa Biggs

Website: Exodus Chattanooga

Address: PO Box 4629, Chattanooga, TN 37405

Phone: 423-834-4791

Email: exoduschatt@gmail.com

·       Homes and Havens partners with local organizations helping individuals recover from sex trafficking (among others) by helping furnish and decorate their new living space after completing the program. They also design trauma-informed spaces for local nonprofits including residential homes for survivors of sex trafficking.

Leader: Kaysie Strickland

Website: Homes & Havens (homesandhavens.org)

Address: 1404 McCallie Ave Chattanooga, TN 37404

Phone: ?

Email: kaysie@homesandhavens.com

·       Love’s Arm ministers to women on the streets and in strip clubs to offer resources and build relationships. They also offer Rahab’s Rest which is a 2-year holistic recovery home.

Leader: Inza Hagins-Dyer

Website: Sex Trafficking Survivors I Chattanooga, TN I Love's Arm (lovesarmoutreach.org)

Address: 4011 Rossville Blvd Chattanooga, TN 37407

Phone: 423-580-6553

Email: info@lovesarmoutreach.org

·       Willowbend Farms has trained rescue teams that work with different agencies to help get a victim to safety if they so desire. They also have residential and non-residential restoration programs to help address mental, physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual well-being.

Leader: Sarah McKinnis

Website: WillowBendFarms – Restoring Human Trafficking Survivors

Address: 3757 Georgetown Road NW Cleveland, TN 37312

Phone: 423-250-5700

Email: info@willowbendfarms.org

              Upper East Tennessee

·       Grow Free – Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking is the SPOC for Upper East Tennessee and connects service providers and community agencies to help rescue and connect victims (adults and children) to resources and offers trauma-informed services to survivors.

Leader: Natalie Ivey

Website: CCAHT powering Grow Free TN

Address: PO Box 20937 Knoxville, TN 37940

Phone: 865-236-1046
Email: info@ccaht.org

Call to Action

              In Amy Joy’s Human Trafficking 101, she states, “There are three things needed for trafficking to occur in any area: those willing to exploit the vulnerable, those willing to abuse and buy, and a culture willing to accept it”. We all have a role to play in making Tennessee a state that is “not willing to accept it”. This may look like supporting organizations that focus on combating the former two things needed with time or finances, having tough conversations with children, making sure professional teams are educated on signs and how to intervene, or sharing information on social media. Below there will be actions that various groups of people can take to play a part in disrupting this crime.

Note: Many trainings and speakers are being done on zoom right now, so it may be possible to book one out of your region. The links listed are just a few options but refer to the list of organizations above for more options.

Houses of Worship

·       Include human trafficking curriculum in youth group programs for middle and high schoolers

o   Introduction to Human Trafficking for Teens (6-8 Grade) (endslaverytn.org)

o   Introduction to Human Trafficking for Teens (9-12 Grade) (endslaverytn.org)

·       Pray against this evil. Pray for those being trafficked, for those on their healing journey, and those participating in the trafficking

·       Have conversations (especially with middle and high school boys) about the dangers of pornography – not just in a spiritual sense but how it plays into the demand side of trafficking

o   An Overview Of The Issue - Fight the New Drug

·       Organize groups to volunteer together at a local anti-human trafficking organization

o   West: Engage - Get Involved - Restore Corps

o   Middle: Interested in Volunteering? — End Slavery Tennessee (endslaverytn.org)

o   East: VOLUNTEER QUESTIONNAIRE (google.com)

o   Upper East: Get Involved – CCAHT powering Grow Free TN

·       Organize a drive to collect items needed at restoration aftercare programs

o   Needs List — End Slavery Tennessee (endslaverytn.org)

o   Give Items - Get Involved - Restore Corps

o   Hope Bags — 7th Well

·       Bring in a speaker to educate the people that attend your house of worship on human trafficking

o   West: Request A Speaker - Get Involved - Restore Corps

o   Middle: Training & Speakers — End Slavery Tennessee (endslaverytn.org)

o   East: HER SONG EVENT REQUEST FORM (office.com)

o   Upper East: Programs – CCAHT powering Grow Free TN

o   TBI: Jeremy.lofquest@tn.gov

·       Offer mentorship and safe relationship with children, especially those who may have an unstable home life – a trusted adult can make such a difference in prevention

·       Reach out to any organization in your region to learn more

·       Donate to organizations that are combating human trafficking

o   Get Involved – CCAHT powering Grow Free TN

o   Ways to Give — End Slavery Tennessee (endslaverytn.org)

o   Donate - Get Involved - Restore Corps

o   Her Song Donations (qgiv.com)

Youth-Focused Organizations

·       Partner with an anti-human trafficking organization to get trained on the signs of and appropriate responses to a child being trafficked

o   Programs – CCAHT powering Grow Free TN

·       Use human trafficking curriculum to educate youth on the dangers of trafficking

o   Introduction to Human Trafficking for Teens (6-8 Grade) (endslaverytn.org)

o   Introduction to Human Trafficking for Teens (9-12 Grade) (endslaverytn.org)

·       Have conversations on trust and make sure youth feel as though they can come to you if they get into a trafficking situation

·       Bring in a speaker from an organization from your area to speak to the youth

o   West: Request A Speaker - Get Involved - Restore Corps

o   Middle: Training & Speakers — End Slavery Tennessee (endslaverytn.org)

o   East: HER SONG EVENT REQUEST FORM (office.com)

o   Upper East: Programs – CCAHT powering Grow Free TN

o   TBI: Jeremy.lofquest@tn.gov