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April 2019 Edition

A synthesis of the latest anti-trafficking news, events, and information from across the state and the nation. Please share this email with your network!
 

The Council's Web-based Training Launches in April!

The Colorado Human Trafficking Council’s introductory training curriculum, An Introduction to Human Trafficking in Colorado, will be available as a web-based module later this month!  Anyone with an internet connection and a computer will be able to access comprehensive human trafficking training. The web-based version of this module will make training available to more Coloradans regardless of their geographical location. The web-based format  will also allow users to complete the two-hour training on their own time in multiple sittings.

Brendan Davidson, the module’s lead designer, had this to say about the module, “Making the module self-paced gives the user the freedom to explore the issue of human trafficking at her or his own pace. We also made several sections of the training interactive. This should encourage learners to really engage with the content."

Users can track their progress and revisit content before completing assessments at the end of each section. Users will also have the opportunity to receive instant feedback as they progress through the training.

For more information about this new web-based module and how you can sign up for this program, contact Maria Trujillo.

News and Publications

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Life After Slavery - A Collection of Digital Stories

The Thomson Reuters Foundation recently unveiled Life After Slavery, a digital storytelling piece. It depicts the experiences of three human trafficking survivors through a series of animations, videos, and graphics. Mbarka Mint Essatim, Nasima Gain, and Moises Rodriguez—trafficked in the countries of Mauritania, India, and the United States respectively—each recount their stories and the challenges they face after exiting their trafficking situations.

A Screening Tool for Youth

The Colorado Sun recently ran a news story detailing the child welfare system's 2017 implementation of a human trafficking high risk screening tool.  The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 created new responsibilities for state child welfare departments. In response to this federal mandate and updates to state law making sex trafficking of a minor a form of child abuse and neglect, child welfare officials have implemented several measures to identify, report, and respond to cases of human trafficking.  Among them is the requirement to screen youth under the care of child welfare who have run from placement or otherwise exhibit risk factors for human trafficking.

Upcoming Events

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Intervention Conference - April 4th 

The Colorado School Safety Resource Center is hosting the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Intervention Conference this Thursday, April 4th from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is $50 to register and standard registration ends Wednesday, April 3rd. For more details visit the conference registration page.
 

BOYS Documentary Film Screening - April 11th 

Restore One, Everyday Joe's Coffee House, and the Restoration Project are hosting a film screening Thursday, April 11th from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. While the movement to stop sex trafficking has brought significant awareness to female victims, males have largely been overlooked and underserved. Over five years ago, Restore One Co-Founders Chris and Anna Smith joined forces with Kartal Peel, a film director, to travel across the country to film the BOYS Documentary. For more information about this free film viewing, please visit the event's official Facebook page

Human Trafficking Training in Northeastern Colorado - April 25th 
The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking in partnership with SARA invites you to join them to learn how human trafficking is impacting the region and how to be involved in the response.  This training will take place on April 25th from 8:30 am - 12:15pm at Morgan Community College.  To register for this event visit the registration page or contact Stevi Gray for more information. 
 

Hidden in Plain Sight (Colorado Springs) - April 29th

Forestgate Presbyterian Church, FBI's Innocence Lost Task Force, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, New Life Downtown, and the Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado are hosting a human trafficking awareness event on Monday, April 29th from 6:30 to 830 p.m. in Colorado Springs. To register for this free event, visit the event's registration page.


Junior Leagues International Hosts Hidden in Plain Sight in Denver - May 2nd

The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) is hosting an event titled Hidden in Plain Sight—the Multi-faceted Epidemic Called Human Trafficking in concert with AJLI's 97th annual conference.  Hidden in Plain Sight will be bringing anti-human trafficking experts from across the country.  The event will take place on May 2nd at the Sheraton Denver Downtown from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.  For more information, please email Monisha Weerasundara

Upcoming Focus Group Opportunity for Survivors in Denver on April 19th

Polaris, a national anti-trafficking organization that works on all forms of human trafficking, is committed to ensuring our work is informed by the lived experiences of survivors of trafficking. As part of this effort, Polaris is looking to learn more about how local efforts to address sex trafficking have impacted the lives of sex trafficking survivors and others who have lived experience in the commercial sex trade. This is an open invitation for those interested, to participate in a focus group discussion about the real-life impact anti-trafficking efforts have had on your personal experiences. Individuals who identify as sex trafficking survivors are encouraged to apply. 

To learn more about this opportunity contact Lara Powers with Polaris.  If you are interested in applying fill out the application form by April 10, 2019. 

Job Opportunities

Extended Hands of Hope has a job opening for a community based therapist to work in their community based program for youth ages 14-18.  Click here to learn more.  Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to kristen@extendedhandsofhope.org.

COVA is hiring two new full-time positions for their Human Trafficking Program - a Human Trafficking Program Director and Case Manager. To learn more about these positions click the following job description:  Human Trafficking Program Director and Case Manager.  Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to hiring@coloradocrimevictims.org.  The position closes on April 14th. 

SOAR ONLINE

SOAR Online has a series of new training modules available tailored to educate a range of professionals on how to identify and respond to human trafficking. Each module discusses the SOAR framework and how to apply it where you work to identify individuals who are at risk or who have been trafficked and connect them with the resources they need. New modules include training for health care professionals, social services, public health, and behavioral health providers. 

Regional Anti-Trafficking Collaboration Meetings

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April 9th,  5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado. This meeting is open to the public and is held at the First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs (map). For more information, please contact Julee Bellar.
April 9th, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Alliance to Combat Human Trafficking - Pueblo. This meeting is not open to the public. Please contact acht.pueblo@gmail.com for more information. 
April 10th, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Western Slope Against Trafficking. WSAT is changing its meeting from Monday to Wednesday this month only. Meetings are not open to the public. For more information, please contact Tom Acker

Upcoming Council and FRAC Meetings

Upcoming Front Range Anti-Trafficking Coalition Meeting


April 18th, 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 Anne Darr.

Upcoming Colorado Human Trafficking Council Meeting


April 26th, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. Council meetings are always open to the public. The Council meeting will be held at the Jefferson County Human Services Building (map). For more information, visit the Council meetings page.
 
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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