We commit to bringing justice the oppressed involved in sex trafficking by writing and petitioning support for state policies and legislation. We provide comprehensive research, assist advocacy initiatives to strengthen trafficking laws, and build better policies to protect victims and prosecute traffickers, buyers, and facilitators. Our team authored and lobbied for thirty-one legislative changes, all of which are now in effect. Due to these legislative efforts proposed and pushed by our legislative supporters and partners throughout the state, for 3 out of the past 4 years, Tennessee was recognized as earning the highest score on the Protected Innocence Challenge of Shared Hope International. Tennessee has now passed over 40 legislative changes.
Restore Corps specifically identifies what gaps make it difficult for prosecuting traffickers, as well as where there needs to be more provision for victims. We currently host quarterly CSEM meetings with all stakeholders that deal with minorities in our area. During these meetings is where the gaps in legislation are identified, and we take this information to senators and begin the process of bringing justice to the system.
Lives Worth Saving
The purpose of Lives Worth Saving is to honor, educate and empower people exploited by the commercial sex industry.
Restore Corps along with MPD, General Weirich's office and Calvary Episcopal has launched "Lives Worth Saving." The first class was in December of 2014, and we run the class every 2nd Thursday of the month.
During the fall of 2013, a Memphis Police Lieutenant approached us asking if we would help Shelby County create a new response to prostitution in our city. All too often people arrested for prostitution cycle through the justice system time and time again. Jail time does not address the problems that put or keep vulnerable people in "the life" of prostitution. We recognize the problems of trauma, abuse, drug addiction, poor education and more keep these vulnerable people in this cycle. The vulnerable population arrested for prostitution is the same at-risk population of human trafficking.
If you would like to get involved with Lives Worth Saving, we encourage volunteers to attend the day of to set up, break down, and serve during the monthly classes. We also like to get community groups involved through donations of hygiene bags, table decor, and flowers. Please, contact Loni, our Volunteer Coordinator, for more information at loni [at] restorecorps [dot] org Of course we encouraged any advocates that would like to brainstorm their own way to help human trafficking victims to contact us(info [at] restorecorps [dot] org).