Second Life of Chattanooga creates awareness that drives action through collaborative relationships with like-minded organizations and individuals in order to end human sex trafficking in Greater Chattanooga/Southeast Tennessee.
One moment can change everything:
Many people assume that sex trafficking is a problem only in other parts of the world. But in February of 2007, we discovered that it’s a real issue right here in in the U.S.… and in our very own community.
It was a hard truth, and one that we couldn’t ignore. In response to this new knowledge, Second Life was formed to increase awareness about sex trafficking and exploitation. We knew that once other individuals and organizations were informed, they could take action to become part of the solution. We also knew that our mission was to focus specifically on the Greater Chattanooga/Southeast Tennessee region.
Partnerships are key:
In 2010, Second Life of Chattanooga co-founded the Chattanooga Coalition Against Human Trafficking (CCAHT). CCAHT is a partnership of individuals, social service agencies, non-profit organizations, law-enforcement and justice-system representatives, mental heath professionals, educators, and government leaders who together leverage their collective resources in order to successfully combat trafficking in Greater Chattanooga.
Second Life works diligently with local media—including print, Internet, radio, and television—to share our message throughout the region. In addition, Second Life began receiving national exposure in early 2012 when both National Public Radio and USA Today ran stories highlighting Second Life’s anti-trafficking efforts.
Working toward a future free from trafficking:
Today, Second Life of Chattanooga is working to build on the many relationships we have established in order to see the elimination of trafficking in Greater Chattanooga and Southeast Tennessee.
From 2007 to 2013, SLC’s primary focus has been on raising awareness that sex trafficking is happening in southeast Tennessee. While awareness remains a key factor in the fight against sex trafficking, Second Life realizes the critical need for developing and delivering wrap-around services for victims of sex trafficking. Second Life’s location in the southeastern United States makes for an ideal location for a recovery center for sex trafficking survivors from across the nation. Second Life’s goal is to offer survivors the opportunity to heal holistically.
Second Life desires to have a recovery center that offers comprehensive victim services in place by 2015. This makes funding during 2014 crucial to making the recovery center a reality.
Our values of human dignity, integrity, partnerships, excellence, and innovation guide us each day, ensuring that we continue to remain focused on our ultimate goal of seeing sex trafficking and exploitation eradicated in our region.