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…

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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…

Stay at Hope: Understanding and Responding to Human Trafficking During Coronavirus

There are so many ways to reflect on the last few months and how we will respond to the COVID-19 crisis in the months to come. We have witnessed how interconnected humans are, how our actions (and forced inaction) affect the earth and the environment, and how fragile our economy is. We have suffered previously…

The Intersection of Labor Exploitation and Human Trafficking

Some misconceptions about human trafficking are easy to correct: No, human trafficking doesn’t happen only in foreign countries. Yes, U.S citizens can also be victims of trafficking. But there are other misunderstandings that can only be clarified through nuanced discussion and an understanding of the gray areas that exist with such a broadly defined crime.…

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…

Reflections on the Colorado Human Trafficking Council 2017 Annual Report

A Brief History of Colorado’s Human Trafficking Council As a quick summary, the Colorado Human Trafficking Council was written into HB14-1273, which made sweeping changes to Colorado state laws on human trafficking. Much of HB14-1273, sponsored by former Representative Beth McCann (now Denver’s District Attorney), followed recommendations set forth in the Uniform Act on Prevention…