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Announcing Our New Website

We are excited to unveil the Colorado Human Trafficking Council’s new and improved website!

Our vision for the new site is to provide Colorado citizens an easier way to learn about human trafficking and how the state is working to address the issue. The new site includes changes to navigation, including drop-down menus for both mobile and desktop users. We’ve also streamlined the structure of our content, so site visitors can access a greater amount of information with fewer clicks. 

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At the core of the website revamp is a new suite of tools for professionals. The website features a Training Page where individuals and organizations can request the Council’s training programs, free of charge, anywhere in the state. The new website provides a few avenues for people to Get Involved with the issue. The new site hosts a calendar of anti-trafficking events in the state, as well as information on the regional collaborations working on this issue in different Colorado communities.

Naturally, with the release of this new website, we want your feedback. Please submit any questions, comments, and concerns about the new website to this feedback form.

We look forward to staying connected with you on the new site!

News and Publications

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Pablo Duran Ramirez, 50, plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, Ohio, in connection with an Ohio Labor Trafficking scheme involving immigrant minors. The defendant used his company to contract with Trillium Farms, knowing the workers were undocumented persons in the United States. He further admitted to knowing that some of the workers were unaccompanied minors who were coerced or threatened to enter the United States and housed in an isolated trailer park in Marion, Ohio. In 2013 and 2014, Trillium Farms paid the defendant’s company approximately $6 million for its labor services. Trillium farms was the subject of a Frontline documentary earlier this year. 
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The New York Times reports that a retired New York City vice detective recruited at least seven police officers in connection with an illegal gambling and prostitution ring in Brooklyn and Queens. As a part of the investigation, a woman was arrested and became the subject of a human trafficking investigation by the Queens district attorney’s office. One of the detectives under investigation reportedly told her employers at the brothel about the investigation, and her pimps told her what to say to prosecutors to deter them from pursuing the case.
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A new report from the Human Trafficking Legal Center and international law firm WilmerHale, reveals that trafficking victims in the United States are not receiving criminal restitution in trafficking cases, as required by federal law. The new report titled, United States Federal Courts’ Continuing Failure to Order Mandatory Criminal Restitution for Human Trafficking Victims (PDF), finds that just 27% of human trafficking federal cases end with restitution orders against the defendants.

Upcoming Events

 

Special Events

The Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado will host its Annual Human Trafficking Symposium on October 13, 2018 at Centennial Hall in Colorado Springs. The symposium will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, including how to register, visit the task force's website

Catholic Charities of Louisville and the Southwest Regional Human Trafficking Advisory Group are hosting a Labor Trafficking Conference in Louisville, KY. The Conference takes place on Wednesday and Thursday, October 24-25, 2018 at the Galt House. DCJ staff members Maria Trujillo and Cate Bowman are presenting workshop is titled, "Tackling Labor Trafficking at the State Level" at the conference. To learn more about the conference at register visit the conference website.
 

Save the Date

Freedom Network USA announced that the 2019 Conference would be held March 20-21, 2019 at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, VA. The title of the 2019 conference is Grounding and Growing: Tools for a Powerful Anti-Trafficking Movement. Visit the Freedom Network USA website for more details. 

Regional Anti-Trafficking Collaboration Meetings

October 8th, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Western Slope Against Trafficking. WSAT meetings are not open to the public. For more information, please contact Tom Acker. ​

October 9th,  10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Alliance to Combat Human Trafficking (ACHT) Pueblo. ACHT meetings are not open to the public. For more information, please contact acht.pueblo@gmail.com. ​

October 9th,  5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado. This meeting is held at the First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs (map). For more information, please contact Roger Patrizio.
October 11th, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. North Eastern Colorado Coalition Against Trafficking. Meetings are held in Greeley, CO but are not open to the public. For more information, please contact Diana Laws.

October 17th,  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Jefferson County Human Trafficking Subcommittee. Meetings are open to the public (map). For more information, please contact Amy Sciangula
 

CHTC and FRAC Meeting Dates

Upcoming FRAC Meeting

October 18th from 2:00 3:30 P.M. 
Front Range Anti-trafficking Coalition (FRAC) meetings are open to the public. The location of the next FRAC meeting is the Community Room at the DPD District II Station. For more information about the next FRAC meeting, please contact Cate Bowman.

Upcoming Council Meeting

October 26th from 9:00  11:00 a.m.
The meeting will begin at 9:00 AM. Colorado Human Trafficking Council (CHTC) meetings are always open to the public and held at the Jefferson County Human Services Building (map). For more information please visit the CHTC Homepage.
The content of this newsletter is not an endorsement nor does it reflect the opinions, views, or affiliations of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice, the Colorado Human Trafficking Council, or the Front-Range Anti-trafficking Coalition. The content of this newsletter is intended for informational purposes only. 

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