First Responders: The Potential to Disrupt Trafficking

The first responder-the firefighter, EMT, and paramedic-is out in the community and interacting with people every day. They are entering people’s homes, going into warehouses, inspecting restaurants, visiting homeless shelters, trekking into impromptu camps along creeks and rivers, and entering farms and ranches all around the state. First responders are welcomed into places that most…

Not My Story to Tell: How to Rethink the Ways We Support Survivors

Localizing Global Human Rights Abuses Recently, I had the honor of sitting on a panel alongside esteemed colleagues who have forwarded many efforts in the Colorado anti-trafficking movement. This was not my first panel, and I clearly understood that the organizers’ goal was to increase awareness of the crime, an honorable feat as they successfully…

Trending Up: Connections to Anti-Trafficking Resources in Colorado

A Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking The Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking (CoNEHT) was formed in 2005 as a statewide collaborative of organizations that support the mission to provide a safe and appropriate response to human trafficking in the state.  CoNEHT began operation of the statewide human trafficking hotline in 2007 and simultaneously…

Data Potential: How Research Can Turn Trafficking Upside Down

Utilizing Data, Upending Human Exploitation Big data and analytics are all the rage these days. You hear it in every commercial, every business, government, and nonprofit organizations preaching best practices and data utilization. But it isn’t always clear how organizations use that data to improve service, performance, or make a difference in your day-to-day. As…

Giving Tuesday: How Local Support Will Upend a Global Crime

A Global Day of Generosity Welcome to the up|END Campaign!  For the second straight year, we’ve decided to launch our giving campaign on this now-celebrated global day of generosity known as #GivingTuesday.  Today, hundreds of millions of dollars are expected to be donated in more than 100 countries to important issues facing our world.  It is…

LCHT Supports Reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in 2017

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) – first passed in 2000 and reauthorized four times since – is the first, most substantial and consequential federal human trafficking legislation in the United States. The bill allocates $520 million over four years toward programs that aim to identify and aid victims of trafficking and prevent it from occurring.…

Connecting Survivors to Resources: Colorado’s Human Trafficking Hotline

The Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking (CoNEHT) is a 24/7 statewide hotline dedicated to providing resources and referrals to best serve the unique needs of trafficking survivors in our state. The hotline is operated and supervised by the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT), in partnership with Colorado Legal Services (CLS) and the Rocky…

Migrant Survivors: Support Beyond the Journey

Travel, in just about any form, requires a set of skills and intentions including open-mindedness, instantaneous problem solving, compromise and a healthy dose of caution for the unexpected. This “backpack” of tools accompany travelers whether it’s a family vacation to Colorado, taking a quick hike with our dog, business travel, peacekeeping missions, or migration. For…

Responsible Public Awareness Campaigns for Human Trafficking

Following last month’s National Human Trafficking Awareness campaign, it’s helpful to take a closer look at how anti-trafficking advocates can responsibly promote public awareness on this issue.  By learning from the flaws of the past and important lessons from parallel movements, public awareness campaigns for human trafficking have a real opportunity to inform public opinion…