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,…

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…

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…

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…

American Crime Season 3: A New View of Survivors

All. The. Feels. If you don’t have them, you didn’t finish American Crime Season 3. From the first episode of the season, American Crime viewers were presented with multiple story arcs portraying a range of trafficking experiences from different perspectives.  This week, those stories drew to a close with final revelations about the characters we’ve followed so carefully.…

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…