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…

QAnon and Human Trafficking Conspiracy Theories Are Causing More Harm Than Good

While browsing social media over the past few weeks, you may have observed a surge in human trafficking-related hashtags and posts. As board members with the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, it was encouraging to see that people were discussing an issue that doesn’t get nearly enough attention – particularly during a year of economic…

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…

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…

Survivor Engagement and the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking’s 2017 Annual Report

The Evolution of Anti-Trafficking Since TVPA Since the inception of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) in 2000, a wealth of organizations and individuals have worked to galvanize a national response to human trafficking in ways we could have never imagined at the time. We watched professionals in law enforcement and prosecution advance towards a…