The official podcast of End Slavery Tennessee.
You’ll gain a deepened understanding of how people become human trafficking victims and the many obstacles in their recovery. You’ll also hear updates from End Slavery Tennessee program leaders about initiatives in this vital work and educate yourself as we dissolve common myths around Human Trafficking.
This podcast is made possible through the generous support of Jones Legacy Group.
021 – Survivor Story: Cyntoia Brown Long
Cyntoia Brown is a name you may have heard in 2019 when hashtag #freecyntoiabrown was shared by celebrities while Cyntoia served a life sentence for killing a man who purchased her for sex when she was 16.
Cyntoia will share about her transition out of prison, how trafficking became a part of her story, and how she didn't identify as a trafficking victim at first. So many parts of her teenage experience are important to understand about how youth vulnerability impacts trafficking and how to prevent it.
020 – Youth Vulnerability: Stacia Freeman
Most of our survivors tell stories of being vulnerable as children, which led to a trafficker taking advantage. This is opposite the myth that children are kidnapped and sold into sex slavery, and it's simply not the truth. Today we talk with Stasia Freeman, founder of Epic Girl, who works with the court system to screen youth runaways for signs of trafficking and exploitation, and then works with direct service providers like End Slavery Tennessee to rehabilitate these kids.
SPECIAL EVENT – Drive-In & Drive Out Trafficking
Introducing End Slavery Tennessee's brand new socially-distanced-friendly awareness event! Dine at one of the on-site food trucks, check out our special partner booths, and settle in for a screening of I Am Jane Doe.
Tickets available now: endslaverytn.org/drivein
019 – Survivor Story: Trish
Our first survivor interview of the season is a profound and powerful story of hope. Trish's story is a great example of how direct service organizations work together in Middle Tennessee, as she spent time in the Thistle Farms program in tandem with End Slavery Tennessee on her healing journey. You'll hear about familial drug use, late-in-life trafficking, the loss of guardianship of children (and regaining that guardianship), and what it looks like to heal and thrive after trauma.
018 – The Foster Care Factor
The National Foster Youth Institute reported 60% of child trafficking victims in 2013 were from foster care or group homes. Talking about vulnerability and prevention is to consider foster care and the kids who are in it.
Bethany Christian Services in Middle Tennessee, a private foster care agency who works with the Department of Child Services to train foster families, joins End Slavery Tennessee team to share an idea for a new program specifically for training families to care for trafficked youth.
017 – Career Care: Branded Collectiive
Trafficking survivors may not have had opportunities to build work experience, so offering ways to gain this experience is essential to their healing.
Stacy and Leslie talk with Lauren Carpenter, co-founder of Branded Collective, an employer of many survivors from ESTN. Branded Collective sold jewelry that funded survivors and their healing journey and provided jobs to ready them for the workforce.
You'll also hear from previous employees of who have special messages from their time there.
Very powerful & insightful podcast for listeners to learn & understand human trafficking through stories of survivors.
This podcast is a great source of reliable information on Human Trafficking and what it looks like in the U.S. So glad these stories are being told!
This is an amazing way to tell a story. I love the ease of this podcast to send out very informative information and get to know the truth from someone who has walked the road. I will definitely share and continue to tune in.