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.
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:
Lower East TN
Upper East TN
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
- 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
- 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
September 6 , 2018 | Round Table Discussion
10:00-11:00 Family Justice Center Auditorium – Topic: What is Happening in our Country? Jerry Redman
You are invited to hear and speak up about what Human Trafficking in our country looks like and what we are doing about it. Our CEO Jerry Redman will attend and lead the discussion about some of the misconceptions behind this issue and what our role is as community members.
November 1, 2018 | Round Table Discussion
10:00-11:00 Family Justice Center Auditorium – Topic: Healthy Kids – How we can protect our children and stay up to date with all that is happening in the tech/social media driven world?
You are invited to be a part of this round table discussion about keeping our kids safe.
February 7, 2019 | Round Table Discussion
10:00-11:00 Family Justice Center Auditorium – Topic: How to be Advocates. Come and discus how to be a good advocate. What does a survivor need? What can we do to be the change we want to see in our community? Let your voice be heard. Let’s learn together.
June 6, 2019 | Round Table Discussion
10:00-11:00 in the Family Justice Center Auditorium – Topic: Victimology “Why do they stay?” & Trauma 101. Come and join our round table discussion about the victim. Together we will discuss the perspective of the victim, as well as some history on how trauma effects the way survivors need to be treated.