The Colorado Anti-Trafficking Insider

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March 2019 Edition

A synthesis of the latest anti-trafficking news, events, and information from across the state and the nation.

Cropped picture of the Boulder Flatirons. This photograph was taken by Jesse Varner and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 License. 

The Boulder County Human Trafficking Task Force

This month’s spotlight showcases the work of the Boulder County Human Trafficking Task Force. The task force held its first Human Trafficking Symposium on January 23rd of this year which was attended by over 70 people! The Human Trafficking Symposium included a presentation of the Council’s An Introduction to Human Trafficking training program, as well as a panel discussion with local experts. 

The Boulder County Human Trafficking Task Force began in October 2016 as a result of conversations at the Boulder County Sexual Assault Response Council (SARC). SARC members saw a general lack of understanding and awareness about the issue of juvenile sex trafficking in Boulder County. In response, several SARC members established the task force to help raise awareness about juvenile sex trafficking throughout Boulder County. 

The task force is comprised of an advisory council and a multi-disciplinary team (MDT). The advisory council is the public facing side of the task force. This group is responsible for community awareness and education activities like the recent Human Trafficking Symposium, as well as training activities throughout the county.  While the advisory council handles education and outreach efforts of the task force, the group’s MDT convenes regularly to conduct confidential case reviews of at-risk juveniles.

Task force membership includes several non-governmental organizations like Moving to End Sexual Assault, Blue Sky Bridge and Planned Parenthood, as well as systems-based agencies like Boulder County Housing and Human Services and the 20th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. For more information about the task force, please contact Martha Hawkinson.

News and Publications

Photograph of a resort in Florida.

New England Patriots' owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution in human trafficking probe

Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, has been charged along with several other men for soliciting prostitution at a spa in Florida. Investigators allege that the operation at The Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida is part of a larger multi-million dollar human-trafficking and prostitution operation across Florida and New York. Sheriff Snyder said he believed that some of the women were working to pay off debt for coming to the United States. In some cases, the women's passports were taken away.

Photograph of a satellite.

Using remote sensing to spot human trafficking from space

Doreen Boyd, Data Program Director at the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, and researchers from several other disciplines use satellite imagery to spot possible instances of human trafficking. Boyd estimates that as much as one-third of human trafficking may be visible from space. Boyd and her team reported in the Journal of Remote Sensing that through a combination of satellite photography and machine-learning algorithms, they correctly identified 169 of 178 brick kilns in Google Earth looking at just one area of Rajasthan, India. Such data could help improve global estimates of forced labor and human trafficking.

Photograph of a person doing domestic work.

Domestic workers organize for improved working conditions

The New York Times magazine recently ran a series of news stories on the "Future of Work". Among them was an article titled, Out of the Shadows, which discusses the work of Ai-jen Poo and others who are members of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, a network of affiliate organizations across the country who represent over two million domestic workers in the United States. Domestic work is diverse and largely invisible, rendering workers vulnerable to a range of abuses, including human trafficking.

Photograph of a fishing boat.

U.S. Customs claims Vanuatu tuna vessel used forced labor

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on February 6th that it had issued an order against a vessel from Vanuatu, an island off the South Pacific Ocean, claiming the tuna it was carrying was caught using forced labor. According to a search of the CBP website, the action taken against the fishing vessel (Tunago No. 61) was the first withhold order it issued this year and the first ever issued against a fishing vessel. Tunago No. 61 is a fishing vessel owned by the Tunago Fishery Co., Ltd., based in Port Vila, Vanuatu, Taiwan according to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. 

Upcoming Events

Annual Monica Petersen Memorial Lecture

The Human Trafficking Center at the University of Denver (DU) will host an in-depth discussion on how religious beliefs affect the framing of laws and service response in the field of human trafficking. This is the second annual event in remembrance of Monica Petersen, a former member of the Council's Data and Research Task Force and a graduate of DU's Korbel School of International Studies and former staff of the Human Trafficking Center. It will be held on March 8, 2019, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Anderson Academic Commons. Please RSVP on the event's official registration page

Two-Generation/Whole Family Approaches in Anti-Trafficking Programs

The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center will host a webinar that focuses on two-generation/whole family approaches, emerging trends, case studies, and best practices for providing supportive and comprehensive services for trafficked individuals and their families. This webinar will take place on March 6, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MST. Visit the event registration page to sign-up. 

Regional Collaboration Meetings

March 5th, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Boulder County Human Trafficking Task Force. This meeting is not open to the public. For more information, please contact Martha Hawkinson.
March 11th, 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
March 12th, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Alliance to Combat Human Trafficking - Pueblo. This meeting is not open to the public. Please contact for more information. 
March 12th,  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.

Upcoming Council and FRAC Meetings

Upcoming Colorado Human Trafficking Council Meeting

March 22nd, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. Colorado Human Trafficking Council (CHTC) 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.

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.
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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