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Seeking Justice - Systemic Change

Change Systems

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 4 out of the past 5 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.

Our Role

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).

Fighting CSEM - the Commercial Sex Exploitation of Minors

Service delivery to human trafficking survivors is convoluted and complex. Restore Corps facilitate a quarterly CSEM (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Minors) Collaboration Workgroup for the purposes of creating a community-wide three circled coalition to intervene, prevent, liaise and advocate for juvenile victims of commercial sexual exploitation in Shelby County. 

Launched in 2017, the CSEM working group in Shelby County collaborates together to identify at risk and exploited youth, and devise creative ways for intervention and prevention. 

A three-circled approach promises to comprehensively combat juvenile sex trafficking by obstructing on-ramps to exploitation and providing immediate, accessible off-ramps to individuals already victimized. The three circles include the CSEM Intervention/Prevention Coalition, providing immediate services to victims at the point of intervention, the CSEM Liaison Coalition, providing secondary services to victim, and communicating needs assessments to the Intervention/Prevention Coalition, and lastly, the CSEM Advocacy Coalition, providing advocacy services and promoting prevention efforts to curb demand and empower vulnerable youth. 

The CSEM Workgroup plans to add an additional layer of transparency and collaboration in the spring of 2022. Key workgroup members will join a monthly multi-disciplinary team meeting to consult on active juvenile cases in the spring of 2022. 

 

RENEW - TDOC Project

In mid 2020, Tennessee Deparment of Corrections (TDOC) and Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP) equested Restore Corps team with Thistle Farms and Grow Free to extend human trafficking specialized services to currently incarcerated women in Tennessee's prisons. These newly slated programs are a reflection of Thistle Farms' Magdalene on the Inside program. This program supports incarcerated women through informed care, encouragement towards healing, and a structured place to live after their release. Magdalene on the Inside began in December 2013 at Tennessee Women’s Prison under the leadership of Sheila McClain. 

Restore Corps is thrilled to continue Sheila's vision and launch Renew in December 2021. 

Renew aims to assist the participants to believe: 

"I AM

Restored

Enlightened

Necessary

Empowered

Worthy"

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