Impact Stories: Brianna
Brianna was referred to the CCAHT by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and like many who are referred to the CCAHT for services, Brianna’s trafficker was her boyfriend – someone who, instead of loving and caring for her, exploited and abused her to get what he wanted.
In her early twenties and without a safe place to go, Brianna came to CCAHT’s safe shelter where she had hot, nutritious meals, a soft bed to sleep in, clean clothing, and people who supported her. She was paired with a CCAHT care coordinator, who helped her gain access to services like medical and dental care, equine therapy, and legal assistance – at no personal cost. In May 2019, she passed her Hi-Set exam with flying colors, eventually obtaining employment.
And after months of legal advocacy, Brianna was finally able to obtain an Order of Protection against her trafficker, making Knoxville a place where she could feel safe for the first time.
“Thank you so much. I’ve noticed a difference in myself these last couple of weeks and it feels amazing. I want to keep going forward and not look back. I’m so proud of myself and how far I’ve come. I feel like a different person and I’m loving the person I’m finding. I truly truly appreciate everything GFTN/CCAHT has done for me since we met.”