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The official podcast of End Slavery Tennessee. Survivor stories. Busted myths. Changed lives. 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.
 
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We began this season talking about trauma-informed care, and how End Slavery Tennessee infuses this approach in all they do–including this podcast. We have a unique ability to share sex trafficking survivor stories directly from the survivors themselves, but not every survivor is ready or able to share their story in a way that’s empowering or heal…
 
Nicole's story has been referenced several times this season, so it's important we replay this survivor story, especially in Episode 23 with CEO Margie Quin and TBI Agent Jason Wilkerson. This podcast is named after a phrase Nicole said on a call with Tennessee law enforcement learning about the anatomy of a domestic human trafficking transaction. …
 
The second of two episodes about shifts in law enforcement leading to major changes in trafficking so officers are better prepared to respond to victims with referrals for assistance. Today's episode is with Adrian Breedlove, a detective in an affluent suburb of Nashville. You might be challenged in your understanding of sex trafficking, where it's…
 
Law enforcement is key in trafficking prevention. Officers have direct contact with women and men who are being exploited as it’s happening. Today we begin a 2-part series talking with officers and agents working to fight human trafficking in Tennessee. These folks work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of survivors. End Slavery Tennesse…
 
Many court systems in the US have treatment courts to identify those who may need help with underlying issues like mental health, veterans needs, addiction, and trafficking. Nashville's is a two year program involving hands-on communication with the presiding judge, assistant district attorney, and a host of local community service providers that a…
 
This survivor story episode covers manipulation, grooming, societal pressures, and broken expectations. Cyntoia Brown is a name you may have heard in 2019 when social media hashtag #freecyntoiabrown was shared by Kerry Washington and Kim Kardashian while Cyntoia served a life sentence for killing a man who had purchased her for sex when she was 16.…
 
Most of our survivors tell stories of being vulnerable as children, which led to a trafficker taking advantage. This is in stark contrast to the myth that children are being kidnapped and sold into sex slavery, and it's just simply not the truth. Today, we break this down even more, we talk with Stasia Freeman, founder of Epic Girl, who works with …
 
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 tra…
 
The National Foster Youth Institute reported 60% of child trafficking victims recovered through FBI raids in 2013 were from foster care or group homes. When we look at vulnerability and its role in trafficking, talking about prevention is to consider foster care and the kids who are in it. So today's episode features a conversation with Bethany Chr…
 
Trafficking survivors may not have had opportunities to build work experience, so offering ways to gain this experience is essential to their healing and thriving. In this episode, Stacy and Leslie talk with Lauren Carpenter, co-founder of Branded Collective, an employer of many survivors from End Slavery Tennessee. Branded Collective not only sold…
 
When we talk about serving survivors, even if you aren’t working directly with them, it’s important that we know why Trauma Informed Care is essential in fighting human trafficking. You’ll hear about the principles of Trauma-Informed Care and specific examples of how ESTN utilizes them in the organization. Thanks to Jones Legacy Group for their exc…
 
Season 2 kickoff for Someone Like Me with this live launch originally broadcast March 12, 2021 on Facebook Live. Leslie Eiler Thompson hosts with executive producers Marissa Brownell and Stacy Elliott and producer Gregory Byerline, including live Q&A. Thanks to Jones Legacy Group for their exclusive sponsorship. Subscribe now to never miss an episo…
 
This is a special bonus episode where we honor the legacy of our founder ... Derri Smith. She tells her own story and also how the plot developed into what we now know as End Slavery Tennessee, going beyond sound byte answers and taking us on a grand journey – from Derri’s personal trauma to her dedication to serve the survivor community to organiz…
 
Here's the full recording of live Q&A from August 28 with Derri Smith (founder of End Slavery Tennessee), Margie Quin (CEO), Leslie Eiler Thompson (host), and Gregory Byerline (producer). We wrap season Season 1 with this live finale discussing impactful moments and answering listener questions to continue educating supporters and busting common my…
 
We’ve reached the Season 1 Finale episode, and there are still so many stories left to tell and myths to bust. To wrap our first season, we want to first thank you, the listener and supporter, for lending your ear and heart to the important work done at End Slavery Tennessee. Keep listening for even more. Today we have another special myth busting …
 
This episode features a survivor story from Crystal whose experience with trafficking involves contracting HIV as a juvenile from a John. There are many complications for survivors during recovery, if HIV or AIDS as part of their story, perhaps most profound is their labeling as a sexual predator if diagnosed with the virus, and convicted of prosti…
 
Special myth busting episode with myths presented by several staff members of End Slavery Tennessee. There’s a strong group of staffers focused on trauma-informed care, education, and understanding the actual realities of human trafficking right here, serving survivors. Thanks to Jones Legacy Group for their exclusive sponsorship of our first seaso…
 
Grooming is the process of luring a targeted victim into trafficking. We've touched on grooming in previous episodes, but we haven’t focused on it in detail. Today’s guest, Callie, wanted to get specific about grooming, this part of human trafficking that’s often overlooked. Getting a new perspective on this issue will help us all have a better und…
 
We hear from male voices in this episode as we dive into the world of demand for this crime, and what is called the “John School.” The John School is a day-long session of classes for men arrested, for the first time, for soliciting prostitutes. End Slavery Tennessee volunteer A.T. Branch lead the session on human trafficking and how the choice to …
 
The young woman you get to meet today uttered a phrase years ago that impacts you - the listener, right now. Nicole was a juvenile trafficking victim, which means she was under 18 when she was being trafficked. After she was released from her exploiter on a trafficking bust in West Tennessee, Nicole was brought to Child Protective Services, and lat…
 
With a background in law enforcement, End Slavery Tennessee CEO Margie Quin offers thoughts on “rescue” and domestic human trafficking. If we want to better understand this problem, it’s important that we pay close attention to what survivors and experts are telling us. Thanks to Jones Legacy Group for their exclusive sponsorship of our first seaso…
 
Today’s survivor interview is with Sarah, a graduate of the End Slavery Tennessee program. Instead of doing an interview first, she wrote her story and read it aloud to share it with us that way. After her story, Derri & Leslie have a brief conversation with Sarah about themes and more things that she’s experienced. Thanks to Jones Legacy Group for…
 
In episode 3, Joan told us her story, which included a history of domestic violence and being trafficked by her husband. Today’s myth busting episode with Marissa Miciotto refers to this conversation, be sure to listen to Joan’s episode before continuing. Marissa Miciotto is the statewide Training Specialist for the Sexual Assault Center. The SAC p…
 
This episode introduces you to Joan, a graduate of End Slavery Tennessee. It's not unusual for people to view those involved in drugs and prostitution with disdain, just as they view human trafficking survivors with great sympathy. As Joan tells her story, we see how being trafficked at a young age can easily lead to addictions and sometimes a form…
 
End Slavery Tennessee founder Derri Smith shares an audio blog she wrote after episode 1 was recorded with Stephanie, a trafficking survivor and ESTN graduate. So, for full context, you’ll need to be sure you listen to that episode first. End Slavery Tennessee thanks Jones Legacy Group for their continued support and exclusive sponsorship of this f…
 
Stephanie is a graduate of the End Slavery Tennessee program, and we’ll hear about her experience of being trafficked, how it all began, and where she is now. End Slavery Tennessee thanks Jones Legacy Group for their continued support and exclusive sponsorship of this first season of Someone Like Me. If you like what you're hearing, please tell a f…
 
Over the last three years, the state of Tennessee has ranked number one for its collaborative work to address human trafficking, and End Slavery Tennessee has been key to that success. In this new podcast, Someone Like Me, you’ll gain a deepened understanding of how people become human trafficking victims and the many obstacles in their recovery. Y…
 
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