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Posted by: Elizabeth Todaro on Aug 9, 2013

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Human trafficking is an incredibly complex issue, and while there is increased awareness about the prevalence and severity of this crime, it is still largely misunderstood. Victims are modern-day slaves, trafficked for a variety of purposes, including commercial sex, agriculture and other forced labor. They do not fit stereotypes, and while women and children make up the vast majority of victims, men are trafficked, as well. 

Laurel Bellows, immediate past President of the American Bar Association (ABA), made this issue a focus of her presidency. The ABA Task Force on Human Trafficking was created in August 2012 to mobilize the legal profession to combat human trafficking through public awareness, advocacy, training and education.

The Tennessee Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee has also formed a working group to address this issue. Utilizing resources from the ABA and partnering with other national and local organizations, the TBA will co-host events, distribute training and resource materials and participate in other outreach to raise awareness about human trafficking and roles for the legal community. Tennessee has been recognized for making significant efforts to combat human trafficking and two recent government reports help illustrate the impact of the crime and the need to respond with coordinated services. Links to both reports are below. 






Tennessee Department of Human Services

Human Trafficking Services Coordination & Service Delivery Plan(2013)


TBI Report

Tennessee Human Sex Trafficking and Its Impact on Children & Youth (2011)




Confidential, 24-hour, toll-free hotlines to report suspected human trafficking activity or victims and access resources including specialized victim services referrals.Hotlines serve both to help survivors and to document the existence of this sometimes unbelievable crime.


National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline

1-888-373-7888 or text to BeFree (233733) 


Tennessee Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline

1-855-55-TNHTH (86484)





ABA - Human Trafficking Task Force’s “Voices for Victims” Toolkit

The ABA toolkit was developed to assist bar associations in hosting events and panel discussions regarding human trafficking as a means to raise public awareness.


Polaris Project

Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Their work includes advocating for stronger federal and state laws, providing training and technical assistance and client services, including operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline.


BLUE Campaign (Department of Homeland Security)

The Blue Campaign was launched to coordinate and enhance efforts to address human trafficking and is organized around the “three Ps” of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000: Prevention, Protection and Prosecution.





End Slavery Tennessee

End Slavery Tennessee works to provide victims and their advocates a single point of contact to services and support.


Operation Broken Silence (Memphis)

Operation Broken Silence works to create a place of refuge for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation by connecting them with medical attention, counseling, education and skills training.


Second Life of Chattanooga

Second Life of Chattanooga is a founding member of the Greater Chattanooga Coalition Against Human Trafficking, connecting area service providers, community & faith based organizations and law enforcement agencies to work together to combat sex-trafficking in the Greater Chattanooga area.



Free for Life International (Franklin, TN)

At Free for Life International we partner with organizations and individuals globally to meet the needs of trafficking survivors and those who are considered to be in high risk of being trafficked. We partner by providing financial, emotional and spiritual support.




Knoxville Family Justice Center

The Knoxville Family Justice Center serves domestic violence and sexual assault victims. This comprehensive support center provides co-located services for victims and their children including prosecutors, detectives, clergy and social service professionals.




Family Safety Center of Memphis & Shelby County

The Family Safety Center is one location that effectively combines civil, criminal, health and social services for victims of family violence.



A Bridge of Hope

Restoring Lives, Rebuilding Hope for those who have been abused, trafficked, incarcerated, or in need of direction.



Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking (CCAHT) (Knoxville)

We  have a vision for our community in which human trafficking CANNOT thrive. While we want trafficking to cease everywhere, we are currently focused on the 41 counties in East Tennessee (focusing specifically on Knox County).



YWCA of Nashville & Middle TN

The YWCA helps families leave abusive households and start new lives.  We provide free GED® education to men and women and mentor middle school girls in some of Nashville's toughest neighborhoods.  The YWCA exists to educate, encourage and break down those barriers that perpetuate racism, violence and hopelessness. 



Nashville Bar Journal Article

“Nashville is on the Map: Human Trafficking in Middle Tennessee” (March 2013, Page 8.)




Voices for Victims: Lawyers Against Human Trafficking(ABA, 2012)


Your Backyard(End Slavery TN, 2013)


In Depth: The face of human trafficking(CNN, 2011)


LSC-funded Legal Aid Organizations

LSC funded programs face restrictions on providing services to a broad group of non-citizens but those restrictions do not include the victims of trafficking.  An amendment to the restrictions makes clear that all victims of domestic violence and / or human trafficking are eligible for services from an LSC funded legal aid program. (Regulations of the Legal Services Corporation Part 1626 - Restrictions on Legal Assistance to Aliens.)