The Cause

Our cause is simple and straightforward…human trafficking is wrong and we exist to end it. This commitment is not based on a simplistic view of life, or a lack of understanding about how the world does and does not work. We understand we have taken on a huge task, one that has actually never been attempted before- ending human trafficking. We have undertaken this task knowing that complex issues are not solved through simplistic thinking or actions.

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The Cause

Our cause is simple and straightforward…human trafficking is wrong and we exist to end it. This commitment is not based on a simplistic view of life, or a lack of understanding about how the world does and does not work. We understand we have taken on a huge task, one that has actually never been attempted before- ending human trafficking. We have undertaken this task knowing that complex issues are not solved through simplistic thinking or actions.

But, complex problems should be addressed. Human trafficking is not simply a problem to be solved, or an issue to be addressed. It is a crime that needs to be eradicated. Financially human trafficking creates $150 billion of annual revenue globally, with $100 billion of it being driven by sex trafficking (International Justice Mission, 2017). Human trafficking continues to be the world’s fastest growing crime.

To many people, especially in the United States, trafficking is often considered something that happens elsewhere, and they therefore should not be concerned by it. But trafficking is a real and present issue in the U.S., and it exists in urban, suburban, and rural contexts. It is most often perpetrated by someone who already knows the victim. Research by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Vanderbilt University has shown that 85% of Tennessee counties have seen some level of adult trafficking, and 72% of our counties have reported the trafficking of minors (Tennessee Human Trafficking and its Impact on Children and Youth, 2011). This is a commercial crime. It is a crime of connection. And it is a crime that can be defeated.

We exist to see the formerly-enslaved live free, full lives. We exist to create the services and opportunities trafficking survivors need in order to reclaim their futures. We exist to create communities, and ultimately a nation, where trafficking is a thing of the past. We exist to achieve what most think is impossible. We exist to end human trafficking.

Our cause is full humanity for everyone. It is a good, just, and right cause. And it is achievable. Please join our cause.

What is TASA?
In 2013, Governor Haslam mandated the creation of the Tennessee Human Trafficking Services Coordination and Service Delivery Plan, a statewide plan for delivering services to survivors of human trafficking. In coordination with this plan, Governor Haslam appointed the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) the lead agency for all human trafficking crimes in the state of Tennessee. The regional nonprofits emerged as those working to provide a regional, single-point-of-contact system to ensure that quality services would be provided to human trafficking survivors in the most effective and efficient way possible. This partnership helps coordinate comprehensive, specialized services across the state for human trafficking survivors.

What does it mean to be a single-point-of-contact within TASA?
Each of the four organizations in the Tennessee Anti-Slavery Alliance receive human trafficking referrals in their designated region of Tennessee and coordinate services to meet the needs of each individual HT survivor. These organizations work collaboratively with one another and with other nonprofits, direct service providers, and law enforcement agencies to accomplish this coordination of comprehensive services.

Who are the organizations across Tennessee that comprise TASA?
The TASA organizations and their designated service regions are represented below:

Restore Corps
West TN
(901) 410-3590
info@restorecorps.org
restorecorps.org

End Slavery Tennessee
Middle TN
(615) 806-6899
info@endslavery.org
endslaverytn.org

Second Life Tennessee
Lower East TN
(423) 994-4857
info@secondlifetn.org
secondlifetn.org

CAHT/Grow Free Tennessee
Upper East TN
(865) 236-1046
info@ccaht.org
ccaht.org

How can I help?
If you or someone you know is in trouble, please contact the Tennessee Human Trafficking Resources Center Hotline at 1-855-558-6484. From there, law enforcement will coordinate with the designated TASA organization to help ensure that quality services are provided effectively and efficiently.

The Chattanooga Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Through the coalition, area social service providers, mental health providers, medical providers, community and faith-based organizations, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies work together to combat sex-trafficking in the Greater Chattanooga area.

Our mission: Empowering individuals and organizations to collaborate and to create a community free of human trafficking and slavery of all forms

Our Vision: Elimination of all forms of human trafficking

Our Values: Human dignity and justice for all

Our Goals:

  • Raise overall awareness about the issue of human trafficking
  • Facilitate training and equipping of first responders to human trafficking
  • Collaborate in the restoration of victims of human trafficking

Our Strategies:

  • Awareness:  Implementation of programs and activities to support the mission of CCAHT
  • Social Services: Partnerships providing comprehensive, wrap-around services to victims of human trafficking
  • Enforcement: Closed group partnership of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that combat human trafficking

Coalition Meetings

January 19, 2018 | Unite Wear White

9:30-11:30 Double Tree Chattanooga
Unite Wear White

March 8, 2018 | Round Table Discussion

10:00-11:00 in the Family Justice Center Auditorium
Round Table Discussion

April 19, 2018 | Stewards of Children Training

Time TBD in the Family Justice Center Auditorium
Training from the Children’s Advocacy Center

June 7, 2018 | Round Table Discussion

10:00-11:00 in the Family Justice Center Auditorium
Round Table Discussion

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
contact@secondlifetn.org