“The Trafficking Explosion and Restored Lives”    |   Mary Trapnell of the Nashville Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition

Mary Trepnell is the Founder and Executive Director of Nashville Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition. After hearing that children were being bought and sold at a local truck stop, Mary decided to volunteer at Thistle Farms, a local non-profit, helping lead a bible study for survivors in their program. Speaking often about human trafficking, she committed to serve on the board of End Slavery TN helping secure their first safehouse and raising support for victims with Tennessee’s First Lady Chrissy Haslam. With a desire to learn more about the life of a victim, she began leading a missional community at Christ Presbyterian Church that provided pathways for churches and community groups in Middle Tennessee to serve victims in areas where they live. Identifying the gap of rescue and intervention work, Mary accepted a financial gift and the challenge to form as a non-profit in September 2019. With the full support of Governor Lee and a unified, fully invested board, NAHT Coalition Rescues and Restores women and children from the bondage of human trafficking and addiction. She is excited about Educate to Recognize a prevention and awareness program targeting the most vulnerable among us, middle and high school students as well as a new social enterprise called Sweet Daisy that will train survivors to bake, decorate, ship and deliver delicious little cakes called petit fours. It is the joy of Mary’s life to see Victims put their trust in Jesus Christ and for the first time begin to experience His hope and power needed to become Survivors and ultimately Thrivers in their community.

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