The Colorado Human Trafficking Council Tackles Labor Trafficking

Between 2014 and 2016, state prosecutors in Colorado filed 97 cases using the new human trafficking statutes. But of those cases, only one constituted labor trafficking. Recognizing the state’s lagging efforts to address labor trafficking, the Colorado Human Trafficking Council (CHTC) dedicated two of its monthly meetings in 2017 to learn more about how it…

What to know about the “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act” of 2017

There has been much frustration recently surrounding the inability of the U.S. judicial system to charge those who use the internet as a platform to facilitate human trafficking. Following a number of cases where websites such as Backpage knowingly allowed ads for trafficking victims to be posted, judicial actors and legislators alike have called for…

The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report: A Global Report Card

This week marked the release of the 17th annual Trafficking in Persons Report at the U.S. Department of State. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson unveiled this year’s report with support from White House Advisor Ivanka Trump. At the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, we believe that it is important to monitor what is happening in…

International Women’s Day and the Anti-Trafficking Movement

Happy International Women’s Day! Today we celebrate the achievements of women in history who pushed for greater equality, while marking the important issues that still demand our attention today. At the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, we’re proud to mark this special day in 2017 amidst a national atmosphere of heightened civic engagement. Be Bold…

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…

At Greater Risk: Human Trafficking and the Child Welfare System

At Greater Risk: Human Trafficking and the Child Welfare System “As child welfare agencies have increasing involvement with victims of trafficking, it becomes imperative that child welfare workers receive the training and resources necessary to help them identify children and youth who have been or are being trafficked- and that workers have access to the services and…

CoNEHT: 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…

Human Trafficking: A Public Health Issue

Human trafficking is an emerging public health issue that disproportionately impacts individuals from communities of color, and those who are experiencing hunger, homelessness, and domestic violence. However, the health-service needs of victims and survivors of human trafficking have received woefully limited attention, particularly when compared with law-enforcement and immigration responses to trafficking. Colorado’s political, socioeconomic,…

Ending the Global Crime of Human Trafficking

A Major Transnational Crime Many of us have followed the tragedy of Syria and the attendant heartbreak of streams of Syrian refugees pouring into Europe. The Syrian civil war has produced nearly five million refugees and even more internally displaced (IDPs). The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates another nine or so million refugees,…