Second Life Tennessee exists for the cause of human freedom, and fights daily against the crime of human trafficking throughout our state, region, and across the U.S.  We are grateful to be part of the movement that will bring about the end of this crime in our nation. 

Our Mission: Human Freedom

Our Story

Second Life Tennessee began as an unexpected conversation between two friends in 2007.  Over time this conversation grew into the development of our organizational commitment to human freedom, becoming part of the movement that seeks to bring about the end of human trafficking in the U.S. We work every day to live out our values of human dignity, collaboration, and innovation. We are privileged to be part of a statewide network of non-governmental, governmental, law enforcement, and private sector partners, all of whom work together to keep Tennessee on the leading edge of the fight against human trafficking. We also have the privilege of working with many other partners throughout the U.S. Over a decade into this journey, our dedication to the cause is stronger and clearer than ever. We work every day guided by hope, passion, and an unshakeable belief that we can and will see human trafficking defeated. We invite you to step into this story with us, as together, we will ensure that a trafficking-free future is realized.

Our Team

Jerry Redman

Co-Founder & CEO | jredman@secondlifetn.org

Jerry holds a master of arts degree in Transformational Leadership from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. 

Jerry’s primary responsibilities with Second Life include organizational development speaking, fund-raising, and governmental relations. 

Dash Merritt

Community Development Coordinator | dmerritt@secondlifetn.org

Dash is the Community Outreach Coordinator. He attended Troy University in Troy, AL where he attained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. 

Dash’s responsibilities include: conducting human trafficking education for the community, volunteer management, marketing, and fundraising.

Wendy Halvorson

Bookkeeper | accounting@secondlfetn.org

Wendy attended Wheaton College and obtained a degree in Business & Economics. She worked in Finance in Chicago and Dallas for over 10 years before moving to Chattanooga.

Wendy’s primary responsibilities are bookkeeping and managing grant reimbursements.

Our Board

Dr. Terry Johns

Board Chair

Dr. Terry Johns is Executive Director and co-founder of The Refuge in Cleveland, TN. 

Aaron Lincove

Board Member

Aaron Lincove is the Sr. HR Business Partner with Kenco.

Melydia Clewell

Board Member

Melydia Clewell is the Director of Community Outreach for the Hamilton County, TN District Attorney’s Office.

John Jolley

Board Member

John Jolley is an attorney with Legal Aid of East Tennessee.

Paige Evatt

Board Member

Paige Evatt, Attorney at Law.

If you or someone you know is in trouble,  please call the national or state human trafficking hotline number.

National Hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888
Tennessee Hotline: 1 (855) 558-6484

Contact Us:
PO Box 25485
Chattanooga, TN 37422
(423) 994-4857