year in review

Hi, friends!

We’re doing the happy dance over here, because 2017 was a pretty great year for the CCAHT family. We expanded our services, trained more people than ever before, and officially purchased a new property to house our operations and safe shelter for survivors of human trafficking in our community.

And you know, for organizations like ours, doing great work isn’t complicated. In fact, it’s simple. Extremely hard and time consuming, but simple. It all boils down to providing that one simple life necessity: love.

We do everything we can to minimize the things that get in the way of loving on the clients we serve and loving our mission forward, but the reality is, there are many days when this work feels like a hard punch in the gut. But what makes us better in those tough moments – what moves us forward most – is our ability to go back to the well and come up with more strength, better ideas, and even greater love. And that well is fed by you. Our volunteers, our donors, our board, our community: our CCAHT family. Thank you for giving your time, your dollars, your skills, your expertise, your encouragement, your support to help make this work possible.

At a time when it feels like our world is more divided than ever before, I am humbled and honored to see our community work across lines of differences toward our shared belief that together, we have the power to make our community stronger, safer, and free of exploitation.

A place of love.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for an incredible 2017. Here’s to all that comes next, and here’s to jumping in – together.

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Kate B. Trudell
Executive Director, CCAHT

Look what you made possible.

Because of you, 45 survivors of human trafficking found safety, hope, and newfound opportunity in Knoxville during 2017.

Who did you help?

In 2017, you made it possible for survivors of many ages and backgrounds to find safety and hope in Knoxville. While many CCAHT clients are from upper East Tennessee, a number of survivors came to us from out of state last year – and still others from out of country. Thanks to partnerships with more than thirty agencies in Knoxville and across the state, we were able to provide both minor and adult survivors, male and female, with the individualized services they needed. Here’s a snapshot of the CCAHT clients who received safe housing, counseling, legal aid, drug and alcohol therapy, and more because of your support:

There’s lots to celebrate.

Let’s be honest – it’s hard to know where to start, because thanks to you, 2017 was a BIG year. Many CCAHT clients regained their health, achieved sobriety day by day, pursued gainful employment or higher education, and became self-sufficient. The milestones shared here are just the tip of the iceberg.

But milestones aren’t always the “big things”: last year, many CCAHT clients celebrated their birthday for the first time in their life. Some clients went for coffee with a friend for the very first time; hiked for the first time; learned to cook. Last year, CCAHT clients reminded us that more often than not, the tiniest moments are truly the biggest victories.

Your support says welcome home to survivors in our community…

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From the very first day, CCAHT surrounded me with love and care. Not only have they gone high and low trying to help me work through my case, legal status and gaining my independence, but through all of that, they were my greatest emotional support! They have been there for me through good and bad for almost a year now, I’m so thankful and blessed to have them in my life.


I am grateful for the help for my daughter’s Christmas – the clothing was much needed. I am able to apply to colleges now that I have my GED transcripts CCAHT obtained for me. I truly feel that I can reach out for support and you will be there. I am grateful for all you do for all of us women!


I wasn’t sure what restoration after rescue would look, feel, happen or be, I just knew at the time that where we were wasn’t yet where we needed to be. CCAHT staff, volunteers and Allies have helped us with each building block every step of the way – even with what I had no idea about. While I’m still not sure about a lot of things, I have a solid foundation with CCAHT. We are excited to see what this next year will bring for us and most of all we are loved and truly cared about.


You all are true blessings to me – you all have always been there for me.

Our Mission

With your help, we are uniting and equipping Knoxville and the 21 counties of upper East Tennessee to end modern-day slavery. In 2017, we got one step closer.


Community Members Made Aware


Primary Responders Trained


Active Community Partners


Survivor Referrals Received

You are the key to ending modern-day slavery in our community. With your help, in 2017 we talked with direct care providers, healthcare workers, legal professionals, educators, youth workers, faith and civic groups, law enforcement officers, and more about what human trafficking is and how we can all identify, report, and respond to potential cases of human trafficking to keep our community safe. Meanwhile, we partnered with thirty agencies in our region to strengthen our community response to trafficking and to better serve survivors in Knoxville.

To top it all off, the CCAHT staff more than doubled in 2017 – and it’s all because of you. Because you are loving this mission forward, our community is more equipped than ever before to identify and report potential cases of trafficking and care for survivors in upper East Tennessee.


Your generous support sparked change, cultivated hope, and changed lives in 2017.

In 2017, the CCAHT’s operating budget was $650,000, almost all of which went toward caring for survivors and supporting awareness and training programs in our community. Because of you, CCAHT’s growth in capacity last year didn’t mean a growth in operations spending – it meant increased opportunities to be good stewards of your donations, time, and passion for Knoxville and upper East Tennessee.



From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to our 2017 superheroes.

CCAHT Ambassadors are donors who generously gave $1,000 or more to support the work of the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking in 2017. These superheroes truly ignited a force for change and hope in our community last year by fueling awareness and training efforts and offering new opportunity to survivors of human trafficking in upper East Tennessee.

Thank you for making Knoxville a brighter place for all of us.

Haslam Family Foundation
Pilot Flying J

Tiffany Alvino

Lynn Anderson

Alan and Dianna Brizzolara

Joe and Sabrina Childs

Annie and David Colquitt

Teresa Davenport

Ramona Dew

Heather and Travis Deyton

Ensemble Recovery

Farragut Presbyterian Church

First Tennessee Foundation

Marianna Jablonski and Tyler Fogarty

LMU Duncan School of Law

Long’s Drug Store

Rotary Club of Farragut

Tony and Beth Stubbs

The L.A.M.P. Foundation

Randy and Louise Trudell

Michael Williams

Lindsay Wynne

Knoxville is a unique place: so many partners at the local, regional, state, and federal level have collaborated to ensure that the counter-trafficking movement in our community is strengthened year after year. Thank you to our 2017 granting partners for making collaboration a dream and newfound hope for survivors of human trafficking the very realest reality. We wouldn’t be here without you.

City of Knoxville

East Tennessee Foundation

Equitas Group

Freedom 4/24

Haslam College of Business

Rotary Club of Knoxville

Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs

State of Tennessee

United Way of Greater Knoxville

Joe Childs, President

Annie Colquitt

Cynthia Deitle

Alon Ferency, Treasurer

David Kitts

Patricia Robledo

Jonathan Scoonover, President Emeritus

Kelly Wyatt, Secretary

We wouldn’t be where we are without our incredible Board of Directors. Thank you for your encouragement, your support, your passion for this work, and your dedication to this mission.

We love you all.

Thanks to you, 2017 was a great year.

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here’s to 2018

and to growing all the love this community can muster.
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