Margie supervises the senior management team, coordinates all external messaging on behalf of the organization, is responsible for growth and development, drives the mission, serves as a board/staff liaison and advocates for the issue and the organization.
Margie has an undergraduate degree from Auburn University and a master’s degree in Public Service Management from Cumberland University. She retired as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in 2018 after 26 years of service in law enforcement. In 2007, she headed up the AMBER Alert program as well as the Missing Children’s Clearinghouse, and it was in doing that work that she became aware of the sex trafficking of Tennessee’s youth.
In 2010, Margie led a TBI/Vanderbilt team to research and publish the groundbreaking report, “Tennessee Human Sex Trafficking and Its Impact on Children and Youth”. That first-of-its-kind research was returned to the Tennessee General Assembly in 2011. In the ensuing years, Margie testified and consulted with members of the legislature to pass dozens of new laws that protected the vulnerable in our state from the scourge of trafficking.
In 2015, Margie was tapped to develop and oversee the creation of the first-ever statewide human trafficking investigative unit at the TBI. They were tasked with delivering mandatory training to law enforcement as well as investigate cases of human trafficking. She conceived and led 12 major undercover sting operations designed to identify the trafficked and arrest the traffickers. The stings were focused on demand-reduction and the operations were conducted in consultation with End Slavery Tennessee and the other TASA agencies – they included trauma-informed interventions. Because of this new enforcement approach, by 2018, the TBI reported that prostitution arrests had fallen 22%.
During Governor Bill Haslam’s administration, Margie wrote and delivered the Public Safety Sub-cabinet’s “action steps” on human trafficking. These action steps included public awareness, education, enforcement and the increase of survivor service delivery. She worked collaboratively with non-profits across the state to develop public/private partnerships to leverage resources to combat trafficking.
2018: Tennessee House Joint Resolution 757 – honoring her service to the State of Tennessee.
2016: Shared Hope Pathbreaker – pioneering work in human trafficking, United States.
2015: End Slavery Tennessee's "Impact" Award – Leading the human trafficking initiative in Tennessee.
2014: Tennessee Victim Advocate of the Year – awarded by the Board of Parole for her work in aiding survivors of human sex trafficking.
2013: Tennessee named top state in the nation for Human Sex Trafficking laws – Shared Hope Protected Innocence Challenge. https://sharedhope.org/what-we-do/bring-justice/reportcards/2016-reportcards/
2009: United States Department of Justice awarded National AMBER Alert Coordinator of the year.
Boards & Committees:
Global Task Team on National Alert System – AMBER, Silver and Blue Alert – 2017 – present; nominated by my peers around the country to develop consistent policy for a national Alert systems. (AMBER, Silver and Blue Alerts)
Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies (ASCIA) Human Trafficking Committee – SME – 2014 – 2017.
Contributed to the ASCIA Human Trafficking toolkit for law enforcement investigations (https://www.ascia.org/news.php).
Acted as a subject matter expert on ASCIA's "State of the States," 50 state report modeled after the Trafficking in Person's report to attain a baseline on trafficking policy for all states, released 2016.
IACP Domestic Child Sex Trafficking working group – 2013.
Worked with IACP to develop human trafficking training for first responders.
Shared Hope International Juvenile Sex Trafficking Expert Council (JuST Response) – 2015-present.
Tennessee Human Trafficking Advisory Council – 2013 – present.
Sexual Assault Center of Tennessee – elected board member – 2015 – 2016.
Publications & White Papers
*2017: “Someone Like Me – Human Trafficking, a demand driven crime”
2014: "Tennessee Police Involved Shooting Study"
2014: "The Geography of Trafficking in Tennessee"
2012: "Transnational Gangs in Tennessee"
2011: "Tennessee Human Sex Trafficking and Its Impact on Children and Youth"
*Written and edited, not yet published to the public.
Consulted and contributed to Shared Hope, International's JuST (Juvenile Sex Trafficking) Council on Policy papers:
"Justice Response Protected Response Model" – "(2016) A protective response model to juvenile sex trafficking encompasses state and federal statutes, system protocol and implementation, access to available service and community resources, and outcome measurements to evaluate effectiveness in identifying, responding to, and preventing further harm." https://sharedhope.org/what-we-do/bring-justice/just-response/
"Policy Paper: Non-criminalization of Juvenile Sex Trafficking Victims" – "(2016) Discussing the social and legal importance of ending criminalization of minors for prostitution offenses." https://sharedhope.org/2015/08/just-response-policy-paper/
Currently contributing to Shared Hope International’s policy paper on the victim/offender
Intersection – publish date anticipated 2019.
Margie is a second generation Nashvillian and has been married to Brooks for 15 years. They and their 13-year old daughter Josie live in Nashville with their two howling beagles. They love to travel together, watch movies and go to the theater.