Knowledge is power, which is why we do everything we can
Did you know?
There are more slaves today than any other time in history.
Number of slaves in the world today (some researchers estimate closer to 40M).
Average age of entry into sex trafficking.
(Years) Average life span of a commercial sex slave, once trafficked.
Sex trafficking victims who are children (worldwide).
Sex trafficking victims who are female (worldwide).
More than 100 human trafficking cases were reported in Knox County in 2015.
We train and equip primary responders to ensure
an efficient response to human trafficking cases in our community.
We’re growing the force.
We offer a variety of specialized and general trainings for government and
law enforcement officials, direct services providers, primary responders, and the public at large.
Curious to learn more about what human trafficking is and what it looks like in Tennessee? Our one-hour HT 101 trainings offer a basic overview of human trafficking, red flags and signs to watch for, and ways that we as groups and individuals can respond to the human trafficking problem in our communities. The CCAHT team offers both general and industry-specific trainings and is happy to bring an HT 101 session to your classroom, faith group, place of work, or civic group.
In Her Shoes
The effects of human trafficking last long after survivors leave that situation, and oftentimes, the day-to-day life of survivors can still be challenging in many ways. In Her Shoes is a free, one-hour quarterly event at CCAHT headquarters that offers a glimpse into the life of HT survivors and the challenges they face each day. Through this event, we seek to educate community members on the realities of human trafficking in East Tennessee as well as break down stereotypes and stigmas surrounding human trafficking survivors. We also provide an inside look at how CCAHT + Grow Free Tennessee are working collaboratively with community partners to raise awareness about human trafficking in East Tennessee, train and equip primary responders in our area, and connect HT survivors with the restorative services they need.
Human trafficking is a demand-driven crime, and it will never be stopped unless we address that demand. To facilitate these efforts, CCAHT has dedicated resources and efforts toward developing a curriculum that we now use to educate men about the harms of prostitution and enlist them as allies in the movement to end sexual violence against women and girls. We are continually developing and delivering interactive classes that invite men to examine the constructs of masculinity and gender presented by our culture and how these might contribute to violence against women and sexual exploitation.
We present this curriculum in a sensitive and accessible way through activities and interactive dialogues, and we believe that educating men about the realities of sexual exploitation and masculinity can be an effective way to increase demand in the sex industry and consequently help prevent human trafficking.
Through the work of our locally focused task force,
we collaborate with regional partners to mitigate human trafficking in our region.
There’s power in numbers.
We oversee a locally focused, counter-trafficking task force in order to facilitate a more efficient and effective response to human trafficking in Upper East Tennessee. Task force members include representatives from law enforcement agencies at the national, state, and local level; direct service professionals; government officials; and more.
Intervention is stronger in upper East Tennessee thanks to our partners.
- CASA of East Tennessee
- Childhelp Children’s Center of East TN
- Department of Child Services
- District Attorney’s Office
- East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Florence Crittenton Agency
- Helen Ross McNabb Center
- Department of Homeland Security
- Hope Resource Center
- Knox County Health Department
- Knox County Sheriff’s Office
- Knoxville Police Department
- Legal Aid of East Tennessee
- Local faith groups
- Safe Space
- Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
- U.S. Attorney General’s Office
- Youth Villages
- YWCA Knoxville
Through our direct services program, Grow Free Tennessee, we provide survivors of human trafficking with individualized, relational care that fosters restoration and builds long-term relationships.
Advocacy meets aftercare.
In addition to raising awareness, training and equipping primary responders, and overseeing a locally focused counter-trafficking task force, we offer ongoing case management to survivors of human trafficking and coordinate a wide array of aftercare services to meet each individual need, including medical care, drug and alcohol treatment, trauma-informed counseling, legal aid, housing, and more.
In the fall of 2017, CCAHT + Grow Free Tennessee will be launching a safe house to better serve survivors of human trafficking in upper East Tennessee and provide holistic, end-to-end aftercare services.