Human Trafficking is a major problem ... and it’s happening here in our own backyard! When it comes to Human/Sex trafficking, the Nashville District Attorney’s office isn’t playing!
Grace Empowered is a court ordered prostitution intervention program operated by the Nashville-Davidson County Office of the District Attorney General. Participants of Grace Empowered can have their charges dismissed upon completion of classes that address issues such as drug addiction, trauma, and the health and safety implications of prostitution. The four-hour program is offered eight times each year to women and men charged with misdemeanor prostitution. Grace Empowered is a partnership between the DA’s Office, Davidson County Drug Court and the Metro Health Department in collaboration with the Nashville Sexual Assault Center, End Slavery Tennessee and Thistle Farms.
The first program of its kind in Tennessee, CHERISHED H.E.A.R.T.S. (Healing Enslaved and Repressed Trafficking Survivors) provides treatment and counseling to victims of human trafficking, and aims to combat the prevalence of prostitution in Nashville. The goal of this intervention court is to educate participants about the dangers of prostitution and provide long-term treatment rather than incarcerating them. Cherished H.E.A.R.T.S was established in 2016 and is one of only five such programs to combat prostitution and human trafficking available across the country.
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