A Co-Founder Returns as Research Director: Welcome Back AJ!

Today I’m very excited to share that my fellow co-founder, Dr. Annjanette R. Alejano-Steele, has joined the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking as our new Research Director! You are likely already familiar with AJ’s long history of contributions to anti-trafficking, as well as our friendship as co-founders of LCHT, which spans more than sixteen years. She served as…

AJ and Amanda: Sixteen Years of Friendship and Partnering for Anti-Trafficking

Today we’re proud to share a special conversation between our two co-founders, Amanda Finger and Dr. Annjanette Alejano-Steele, better known as AJ. If you didn’t know, Amanda and AJ’s friendship and work in anti-trafficking spans over 16 years. They recently sat down together in Denver to remember some of that history, discuss their unique partnership,…

Centering Survivors in the Anti-Trafficking Movement: Survivor-Driven Policy Suggestions

Today’s guest post comes from Julia Owen, a recent alumni of LCHT’s Leadership Development Program. Julia works professionally in the immigration field in Colorado. Her suggestions around survivor-driven policy came through an independent review of survivor-led resources as well as input from existing survivor leaders. While the anti-trafficking field is moving towards a survivor-centered model,…

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Housing Insecurity and the Persistent Connection to Human Trafficking

In Colorado, housing insecurity and homelessness are both causes of human trafficking and areas of greatest need for survivors. Lack of stable housing — and the underlying role of poverty — are major contributors to vulnerability that can lead to exploitative situations. This is particularly true among youth populations.  One study found that among shelter…

International Migrants Day 2020: Modeling Resiliency in Uncertain Times

Today’s guest post comes from Julia Owen, a recent alumni of LCHT’s Leadership Development Program. Julia works professionally in the immigration field in Colorado. Her perspective this International Migrants Day provides important insight into the resilience of immigrants seeking relief, but also the compounding circumstances of a global pandemic, that can increase the vulnerabilities we…

We Imagine: A Community Coming Together to Help End Human Trafficking

Today is International Volunteer Day, and we are celebrating some of the wonderful people who make our anti-trafficking work possible! In particular, we’re reflecting on the continual effort put in by the volunteers behind Colorado’s 24/7 Human Trafficking Hotline. These dedicated individuals took time from the chaos of daily life in 2020 to support survivors,…

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20 Years of TVPA: Looking Back at Anti-Trafficking’s Landmark Legislation

As national awareness of human trafficking continues to increase, we now see hotline numbers in public spaces, hear announcements at airports, and find classes specific to the topic. Given the current level of engagement and attention on human trafficking, it’s hard to believe that it wasn’t until 2000 that this human rights abuse was federally…