Tag Archives: ESTN

  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Weekly Update

    Posted on October 9, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      It’s been a while since we’ve posted a weekly update – but that’s just because so much is happening. So, here is a quick recap of some of the office highlights over the past few weeks: We’ve enjoyed visits from special guests including Carlie Cruse and Betsy Ranalli from Senator Bob Corker’s office and Tim Buell, […]

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  • So What’s Unique About Us?

    Posted on October 7, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

    By Derri Smith Many agencies, including some in our area, focus on national and international anti-trafficking work. And that’s fabulous! I directed the human trafficking work at an international agency. But WE focus exclusively on trafficking right here in Tennessee. Just as locally grown produce, and local businesses produce high quality, our community-based effort focuses […]

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  • Home in Deadly Explosion Could Host Human Trafficking Victims

    Posted on August 21, 2014 by Laura Courtney in News.

    Lebanon, TN – Just six months after an explosion at a Lebanon home killed an elderly couple, a local minister is looking to change the story of tragedy to one of triumph. Learn more and read the comments made by ESTN’s own Derri Smith here.

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  • Weekly Update

    Posted on August 15, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

    Our office has been getting so many baby shower gift deliveries this past week! Our survivor and her new baby girl will be so blessed by all the generosity of so many individuals!! And…the End Slavery Tennessee office is expanding! We have had workmen in the office this past week making a new hole in […]

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  • Weekly Update

    Posted on July 25, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      We had some special visits on Monday from Andrew Yontz (our new found hero) who dropped off a beautiful painting made during the South of the City event, and by Angela Woodard from Inglewood Church of the Nazarene who dropped off some toddler boy clothes for us to give to our newest survivor mom […]

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  • South of the City

    Posted on July 23, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      On July 19th, local musicians, artists, and their fans gathered at the Brentwood Contemporary Music Center for a night of music and human trafficking awareness!  South of the City, put together by End Slavery Tennessee’s friend and hero Andrew Yontz, was a benefit concert for our organization with the purpose of bringing together local […]

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  • Weekly Staff Update

    Posted on July 18, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

       This week… Though it wasn’t an office happening per se, the whole staff went out to the South of the City event last Saturday to enjoy a night of music and fun.  Thanks to Andrew Yontz, ESTN raised $970 and was able to create a great amount of awareness at the event.  Thanks again […]

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  • Weekly Staff Update

    Posted on July 11, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      Lampshade Films had us feeling like stars the past few weeks.  The crew followed Sheila and one of our survivors around one afternoon, and did some in-office filming and interviews of our staff another, and came back to do some more staff interviews this past week. Emily Lamb and Amanda McGown from Hot Yoga […]

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  • TN Trying to Combat Human Trafficking

    Posted on July 1, 2014 by Laura Courtney in News.

      NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - No young child ever dreams of selling themselves, but prostitution and human trafficking are thriving industries in Tennessee.  Read the full article with interviews from ESTN’s own Shelia Simpkins and Derri Smith.

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  • Getting the Word Out

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

    By Karen Karpinski, Director of Education During the month of June our two interns, Kamrie Reid and Allie Bergeron, worked with the Center for Student Missions, as well as several independent churches, training 76 minors between the ages of 11-17.  They will continue this work in July.  Our goal is to teach youth to recognize […]

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  • Weekly Update

    Posted on June 23, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      Last Monday, one of our beloved survivors came back to visit us at the office.  It was wonderful to see her again, know that she is okay, and we hope she will come back again more permanently soon!     On Tuesday, Shelia and Lizendy both finished the day talking to new referrals and working […]

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  • Weekly Update

    Posted on June 13, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.

      The past two weeks have been quite busy here at the End Slavery Tennessee office!  Our summer interns, Allie and Kamrie, have completed three sessions of youth presentations thus far with youth coming in from Alabama, Texas, and Georgia.  The team of two educate the teens on human trafficking in general and the tactics […]

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  • Clarksville Prostitution Investigation Leads to Human Trafficking Arrests

    Posted on June 12, 2014 by Laura Courtney in News.

      CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — An undercover investigation by the Clarksville Police Special Operations Unit and District III division targeting prostitution in the Interstate 24 Exit 4 area led to the arrest of a Kentucky woman and Knoxville man, both charged with the human trafficking of a 17-year-old girl.  Read the full article here.

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  • Weekly Update

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

      Tuesday was a busy day for everyone after the lull of Memorial Day. The staff of the Center for Student Missions came in for a presentation by our interns Kamrie and Allie to learn more about the reality of human trafficking in our area in preparation for their youth program this summer. Our IT […]

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  • Getting the Word Out

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

    By Karen Karpinski, Director of Education May began with several new and unusual presentations: Sabrina Jewell spoke to parents and their high school students at the Metro Nashville Truancy Initiative about how truancy has a direct correlation to teens’ vulnerability to trafficking, and Gwen Smith spoke at the Awakening Conference which was the brain child […]

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