• Weekly Update

    Posted on April 24, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      If you are not following us on social media, you might have missed our big office happenings this week: Volunteer and husband to our office manager, Ethan Courtney, was in the office on Monday to hang paintings made by our Murfreesboro volunteer group in our Resource Center. This room is now both a functional […]

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  • Weekly Update

    Posted on April 17, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      Our office was pretty busy the past couple of weeks. See what you’ve been a part of…or missed out on: Derri, along with Margie Quin of TBI, fielded questions at a large law enforcement conference following the screening of the documentary by You Have The Power called “No Girl’s Dream”. Derri also met with […]

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  • Getting the Word Out

    Posted on March 30, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      by Karen Karpinski, Director of Education End Slavery Tennessee has developed some great prevention programs to empower children and teens, through education, to remain safe in a sometimes dangerous world, to be able to recognize a trafficker operating within their peer group, and to help minors to make better decisions. We are working even […]

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  • Survivor Snapshots

    Posted on March 27, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      Our new Survivor Service Coordinators, Yvette and Jennifer, finally met all their clients and are  building relationships and doing great work with each survivor. Here is an update of some of the survivors we’re currently serving: Sasha – Sasha finally got a job and we are all so excited for her! She is working hard […]

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  • Volunteer Voices

    Posted on March 25, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      The Franklin volunteer group met shortly after the raids on two massage parlors in Franklin resulting in the rescue of 5 trafficked victims.) This  prompted a discussion on how volunteers in the community can serve as eyes and ears to aid local law enforcement in their work of rescuing victims of human trafficking.   Everyone left with the recent […]

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  • ESTN Library Spotlight

    Posted on March 25, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      by Clarice Grooms, ESTN Librarian BOOK: Violated: Mercy for Sexual Abuse AUTHOR: Nancy Alcorn The book, Violated: Mercy for Sexual Abuse, shows the world of frightened young girls with no way out of the abuse and the trauma they live through daily. Webster’s dictionary defines abuse as “a corrupt practice” and “improper or excessive […]

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  • Weekly Update

    Posted on March 20, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      Our staff just tackled another busy week here at the office: At Tuesday’s staff meeting we discussed survivor updates, planned an open house event for volunteers during April’s Volunteer Appreciation Week, got some important dates for future events, and discussed new ideas to make us a more efficient team.We were also happy to hear […]

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  • Weekly Update

    Posted on March 13, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      It’s been a busy past two weeks here at the office;  even with snow days our staff is busy working to #endslavery! Seems like it’s time for an update: Yvette and Jennifer have been busy meeting with all our survivors and creating new relationships with them. Yvette was helping one of our girls with […]

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  • Survivor Snapshots

    Posted on February 27, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      Shelia LOVES to work with her “babies” as she calls our minor survivors. In her honor here are some snapshots of our newest juvenile referrals and young survivor updates this month: Courtney - 15 year old Courtney met with her foster family for the first time this month and is very excited to be with them […]

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  • Volunteer Voices

    Posted on February 27, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      Our Brentwood group had its first official meeting last month with 13 attendees. After a brief overview of ESTN mission, role of volunteers, vision for Brentwood group and announcements of events, the group heard from current volunteer Trish Gomez about her experience as a youth presenter and showed the Be the Jam video. The […]

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  • ESTN Library Spotlight

    Posted on February 27, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      by Clarice Grooms, ESTN Librarian   BOOK: Unconditional Love AUTHOR: Ben Stroup This book introduces the reader to ordinary people from all walks of life  -a poor man out of prison, two nurses, an athlete – who gave of themselves, expecting no returns, to help people in need; individuals giving unconditional love and changing the world […]

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  • Getting the Word Out

    Posted on February 27, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

    by Karen Karpinski Fake Massage Businesses at a Glance – Excerpts from Polaris Project In the past week it would have been difficult to ignore or be unaware of the Massage Parlor stings and arrests taking place in Franklin and Brentwood.  It has also not been that long since we were talking about another bust in […]

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  • Weekly Update

    Posted on February 9, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      This past week has been a busy one – but that’s just pretty usual for us here at End Slavery Tennessee! Our 2015 gift card campaign concluded with the end of January but we have seen many gift cards streaming into the office since then. We had a count of 43 gift cards from our […]

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  • Volunteer Voices

    Posted on January 28, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      Our volunteers have taken the start of a new year to heart with lots of fresh ideas, hopes, plans, and energy leading the way. Here’s what some of our volunteer groups have been up to this past month… The Brentwood group’s inaugural meeting was a film screening of the documentary Nefarious: Merchant of Souls. […]

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  • Human Trafficking Haiku

    Posted on January 27, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

    Lonely and depressed,inadequate and worthless.Please, even one friend? Online chatting fillsthis void in my heart.  He saysthat he “treasures” me. We plan to meet soon.Friday at a street corner.We’ll ride in his car. So, we meet at eight.But his face does not show theworth he made me feel. I’m locked in the car.Not one man, but two […]

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  • ESTN Library Spotlight

    Posted on January 27, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      BY: Clarice Grooms BOOK: Walking Prey AUTHOR: Holly Austin In the book Walking Prey, author Holly Austin shares her personal story of how she, a vulnerable eighth grader, is charmed and groomed into trafficking. The book shows how a blond haired, blue-eyed girl full of fears and doubts and looking for acceptance could become […]

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  • Getting the Word Out

    Posted on January 27, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

    by Karen Karpinski, Director of Education I am often asked by pastors and other church members what they can do to help end human trafficking. I would like to reply, “Are you teaching about human trafficking?” Sadly, the parents of a minor lured into human trafficking we recently met with, would not need much urging to […]

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  • Survivor Snapshots

    Posted on January 27, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

     Jenny – Jenny is starting her last semester in college. She is a little nervous about the next phase of her life and is trying to figure out what she wants to do next. She’s  looking for a part-time job, volunteering, and exploring the options available to her. We’re all thrilled that she is close to completing […]

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  • Weekly Update

    Posted on January 16, 2015 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      It’s been a little while since we’ve had an office update so I guess it’s about time for a recap: This month, as you know from all our social media, is National Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month. We partnered across the state with Second Life of Chattanooga and Restore Corps to UNITE under […]

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  • ESTN Library Spotlight

    Posted on December 28, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

    by Clarice Grooms, ESTN Librarian BOOK: The Natashas   AUTHOR: Victor Malarek     “The Natashas” depicts the aftermath of the break up of the Soviet Union. The economy of the new republics has collapsed and the social safety nets that had provided a minimum standard of living is torn to shreds. Security and equality […]

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