Second Life of Chattanooga
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.
Second Life of Chattanooga began in February of 2007 when one of us was introduced to the fact that sex trafficking was a U.S. issue. This led to a conversation with some others who over time formed the Second Life team. From the beginning we set out to be an awareness-driven organization, providing individuals, groups, and organizations with the basic knowledge of the issue of sex trafficking and exploitation so that they could then act on what they now knew in order to become part of the solution to this terrible crime. We also knew that from our beginning our mission was to focus specifically on the Greater Chattanooga/Southeast Tennessee region.
We have been volunteer-led and staffed since we started, utilizing our shared resources of time and relationships to establish the connections necessary to create a collaborative response to this issue. These connections allowed us in 2010 to co-found the Greater Chattanooga Coalition Against Human Trafficking (GCCAHT). GCCAHT is a collection of individuals, social service agencies and non-profit organizations, law-enforcement and justice-system representatives, mental heath professionals, educators and government leaders, all working together to leverage their collective resources in order to successfully combat trafficking in Greater Chattanooga.
Throughout our history we have worked diligently to get our message out through every communication channel possible. This has led to us enjoying a very positive relationship with local media of all types…print, online, radio, and television. In addition, Second Life began receiving national exposure in early 2012 when it was featured on National Public Radio as part of a story about the ways trafficking is being fought in various parts of the U.S.
As we look to the future, Second Life of Chattanooga is working to build on the many relationships we have established in order to see a significant turnaround on this issue throughout Greater Chattanooga/Southeast Tennessee. 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.