Category Archives: Blog

  • 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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  • Getting the Word Out

    Posted on December 26, 2014 by derri_smith in Blog.

    by Karen Karpinski, Director of Education  Dear Volunteers,   As we close out 2014 and enter the new year I’d like to thank you for your passion and  dedication to the mission of End Slavery Tennessee and ask that you continue that same level of dedication.  With your assistance we were able to train many youth […]

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  • Getting the Word Out

    Posted on November 30, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      by Karen Karpinski, Director of Education December is such a busy time for all of us – shopping, decorating, baking, gift wrapping, parties. We hear “Merry Christmas” and the sound of jingle bells everywhere we turn. It’s a time of gaiety and happy memory making…except for the men, women and children who are victims […]

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  • Volunteer Voices

    Posted on November 26, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

    Spring Hill  had a pretty fantastic meeting this month with nine volunteers attending to help brainstorm opportunities and identify team goals for the next year. The group was challenged to sponsor survivors for Christmas and invite folks from work, clubs, Sunday school classes and elsewhere to participate as well. They’ve planned their next meeting to be […]

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  • Survivor Snapshots

    Posted on November 26, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      Miranda – Miranda went on her first outing with ESTN this month, to the Adventure Science Center. We were happy for the opportunity to spend time with her and get to know her. Miranda is preparing for a home visit soon, and hope to start college in January, which she is very excited about. […]

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  • ESTN Library Spotlight

    Posted on November 26, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

    By:  Clarice Grooms/Librarian BOOK:  Redeeming Love AUTHOR:  Francine Rivers   The setting of Redeeming Love is California gold county during the 1850′s – a time when a women without means would be forced to sell herself for food and shelter. Sarah is the daughter of a beautiful woman, but is illegitimately born to a wealthy man. Though […]

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  • How well-meaning efforts can be harmful to survivors of trauma

    Posted on November 10, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

    Written by Holly Austin Smith, author of Walking Prey. PHILADELPHIA, April 21, 2014 — Human trafficking is one of those issues that cuts deep into the hearts of men and women across the globe, and many have vowed to take a stand against it.  As a survivor of child sex trafficking, I continue to be moved […]

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  • Weekly Update

    Posted on October 31, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

    Derri was out of the office all week attending amber alert training sessions. There she spent some time with one of the first survivors ESTN ever served. What an encouragement to see her, college degree completed, doing a fabulous job training law enforcement and others on human trafficking. Monday we had two volunteers – Gina and Charlie – […]

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  • Weekly Update

    Posted on October 24, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      So many donations, so little office space! It seems like we have already out grown our newest office expansion, especially with all the donations, volunteers, and guests coming to the office this week. Kevin Banks and Bob Bolen, two volunteers who present at the John School, met with Derri and Karen on Monday to discuss […]

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