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Ways to Support Human Trafficking Survivors in Memphis

Cover art by Melody Dobbins

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day has been observed annually on January 11th since 2011 to help raise public awareness about victims of forced labor, including forced prostitution, and how to recognize the signs of trafficking.

Tennessee is highly rated in its response to human trafficking cases and has what is considered to be some of the most progressive anti-trafficking legislation in the country. Still, after the tracking and prosecution of perpetrators, victims, many of whom are minors, are left to rebuild their lives with little to no recourse against the people who have exploited them.

Locally, there are several resources to help empower survivors of trafficking and you can get involved by volunteering or donating.

We often don’t look at an issue because it scares us, and I think what is so scary is that we will see an element of ourselves…and then what? We have no choice but to have empathy and help. — Julia Hinson

For more background on human trafficking in Memphis, check out this interview with playwright Julia Hinson and Project I Collaborative Arts founder Aliza Moran about their recent project addressing the complexities of trafficking, Squaring Up.

If you suspect that someone is a sex trafficking victim, call the TN Trafficking Hotline at 1-855-55-TNHTH or report to

If you know of additional resources that should be listed here, please share in the comments.

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