It's all coming together

The week is upon us and we're buzzing around the LCHT office preparing for the Colorado Project State and National Conferences this week. 

Tomorrow, we'll kick off the State Conference at the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at Metro State here in Denver. The State Conference will focus on responses to questions posed to the Colorado anti-human trafficking and parallel movement fields –

What are the elements of prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships that need to be tailored to fit the needs of your community? 

Beginning Thursday, March 7 through Friday, March 8, 2013, the Colorado Project National Conference will follow at The Hotel Magnolia in Denver. At the national level, LCHT asked –

What are the elements of prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships that need to be tailored to fit the needs of your community? 

We're thrilled to meet many of you over the next few days, and for those of you who are following along virtually, we'll be updating our Facebook page and Twitter feed throughout the course of both conferences. Also, be sure to check our website for videos of the National Conference.


Looking back while moving forward

From LCHT: We're excited to embark on its seventh summer Leadership Development Program with ten fantastic individuals! This summer, participants will be working on several exciting projects, including data collection and analysis for the Colorado Project, event planning for fundraising and organizational events, public relations for the Colorado Project, among others. As we look ahead to what is sure to be an amazing summer, we also take time to reflect as former intern Dawn Carmin shares what the Leadership Development Program meant to her.

Dawn Carmin
US Agency for International Development
Former Intern, Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking

My time at LCHT has been such an asset to me personally and professionally. It's rare to find an organization that provides as much thoughtful consideration, space for discussion, and guidance in leadership development for individuals engaged in complex issues like human trafficking.

Working with LCHT helped prepare me for international development work in post-conflict East Timor and in my work with the US Agency for International Development (USAID)

-- positions that require an ability to analyze complex situations, be emotionally intelligent and responsive, and to explore creative activities that focus assistance in ways that will make the most sense and impact.

Through LCHT's intensive technical trainings on the issue of human trafficking, weekly thematic intern meetings and research projects, I was able to foster an understanding of the complexities of human trafficking and ways in which the anti-human trafficking movement is trying to address them. I have called on my technical skills as an FSO in contributing to the Agency's new Combating -Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP) strategy and curriculum for the employee orientation on the issue. I've also been able to support the USAID mission to Ukraine and the Government of Ukraine in its anti-trafficking programming which is carried out by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

In addition to fostering a solid technical capacity, my time with LCHT's Leadership Development Program provided me with responsibility and leadership opportunities. I was given the chance to educate community groups, professionals and students about human trafficking. I was given the opportunity to lead discussions on social and economic barriers that leave individuals at risk as well as ways that people can help support the C-TIP movement. I also helped interview new interns and got to participate in some management activities of the program from which I learned so much.

Of all the leadership opportunities at LCHT, my favorite was being a mentor to a high school student engaged in a trafficking awareness project for her peer group. In this role, I was called on to support her C-TIP education, but also to help her realize her project and to be a role model for her classmates.

As an intern, graduate research assistant and participant in the Leadership Program Development I found mentors, teachers and friends who have continued to help me grow and who have created an environment where individuals feel empowered to
make meaningful changes to social, economic and cultural barriers that place individuals at risk for trafficking.

I still consider myself a part of the LCHT community and appreciate being able to call upon my former colleagues at LCHT.

The ways in which Amanda, AJ and the LCHT team lead the organization reflects an extremely deep dedication to finding creative and sustainable solutions to difficult development and human rights challenges, as well as fostering leadership in individuals poised to affect change in the world.