The Colorado Anti-Trafficking Insider

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June 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!

2019 Legislative Wrap-Up

Colorado Enacts Several Measures to Combat Human Trafficking

This legislative season was a busy one and included several successful bills related to the issue of human trafficking.

Senate Bill 19-149, concerning the continuation of the Colorado Human Trafficking Council, passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support. The act will extend the Council's work until September, 2024. It also adds four seats to the Council:

  1. a former victim of involuntary servitude
  2. a former victim of sexual servitude
  3. a representative of a statewide domestic violence coalition, and
  4. a labor trafficking expert. 

Photo credit: Maria Trujillo. Governor Polis signing SB19-149 into law. 

House Bill 19-1267 creates felony penalties for violations of Colorado's Wage Theft Act. Before passage, wage theft was treated as an unclassified misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $300. HB19-1267 resulted from a 2018 recommendation of the Colorado Human Trafficking Council.  To learn more about this legislation, read this op-ed written by Terri Gerstein for The Hill.

Photo credit: Maria Trujillo. Governor Polis signing HB19-1267 into law. 

Senate Bill 19-185 provides immunity from state and municipal prostitution-related offenses if there is probable cause to believe that the minor was a victim of sexual servitude or involuntary servitude. To ensure that comprehensive services are made available for affected minors, the measure includes a requirement that law enforcement personnel contact the Department of Human Services to report encounters with persons under eighteen years of age who are engaged in prostitution-related offenses. Additionally, SB19-185 establishes an affirmative defense for all other crimes except Class 1 felonies.

House Bill 19-1051, Colorado Department of Public Safety Human Trafficking-related Training, requires the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) to conduct human trafficking training to law enforcement agencies and entities that provide services to human trafficking victims, including law enforcement agencies, school personnel and other key sectors. Due to an amendment to the originally proposed bill, the final act does not allocate funding for DCJ's training activities. 

News and Publications

Photo Credit: Book cover featured on VOA Cambodia website.

Survivor Authors Graphic Novel to Educate Others about Human Trafficking
Vannak Anan Prum's newly published graphic novel, "The Dead Eye and the Deep Blue Sea" has been heralded by activists and researchers as a powerful tool to raise awareness about the horrors of human trafficking. In the novel, the Cambodian trafficking survivor depicts his ordeal of being fraudulently recruited to work on a Thai fishing boat where he was forced to perform dangerous, back-breaking work under the constant threat of violence. 

According to the artist, he decided to make the book "so that organizations in all countries, especially the ones working to prevent and fight against human trafficking in persons, as well as public officials, are aware of the issue and can thus jointly prevent it." Read more about his work in this Voice of America article.

Comprehensive Efforts to End Human Trafficking from the Grassroots Up

In a March 30th editorial piece for Delta 8.7, researcher Annie Miller and Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking Executive Director, Amanda Finger, reflect on a recent study of the United Kingdom's partnership approaches to tackling human trafficking. Delta 8.7 is a knowledge platform exploring what works to eradicate human trafficking, an aim set out in Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

As Miller and Finger note, the the UK study results mirror many of those from the Colorado Project 2.0, such as the capacity of anti-trafficking partnerships to raise awareness and share information. The authors highlight similar challenges too, including the lack of a common definition of human trafficking, scant funding, and the need for more representative membership. They conclude with recommendations for how to build enduring successful partnerships that bridge top-down and grassroots anti-trafficking efforts.

CHTC Vacancies 

The Colorado Human Trafficking Council seeks to fill five vacancies, four of which resulted from the passage of House Bill 19-149 (see description above). 
  • Two individuals with lived experience as survivors of involuntary servitude
  • One individual with lived experience as a survivor of sexual servitude
  • A representative of a statewide domestic violence coalition, and
  • A representative of an organization for victims of labor trafficking or an individual who has extensive professional experience advocating for victims of labor trafficking
To apply, follow this link to the Governor's Office online application for membership on Colorado's various boards and commissions. For more information about the responsibilities of serving as a Council member, please contact Maria Trujillo.

Upcoming Events

Joy International Barefoot Mile Fundraiser, June 22nd at 9 a.m.
Walk a mile in solidarity with impoverished and trafficked children to raise funds for Joy International, a global non-profit organization based in Conifer, Colorado. JOY International is dedicated to the rescue, restoration and reintegration of children, teens and young women affected by trafficking and the prevention of child trafficking worldwide. The event will be held at Marshdale Park in Evergreen, Colorado. For more information, and to register for the event, click here.  

Sustainable Restoration Conference, July 11th, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Restoration Project International is partnering with the Human Trafficking Center at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies to host a one-day conference. Presenters will discuss the roles of professionals and experts on the frontline of human trafficking and the opportunity gaps that exist in the process of recovery and restoration of survivors. For more information and to register for the conference, click here

Training Opportunities 

CHTC's One-Hour Online Training Module Now Available

The Colorado Human Trafficking Council’s training curriculum, An Introduction to Human Trafficking in Colorado, is available as a web-based module! For more information about this new web-based training module and how you can sign up for this program, contact Maria Trujillo.


NHTTAC Webinar: Increasing Community Response to Trafficking by Leveraging Public/Private Partnerships

The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC) will host a 90-minute webinar on emerging trends and case studies on the development of public/private partnerships addressing human trafficking.  This webinar takes place on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 1 - 2:30pm (EST).  To register for this webinar visit the NHTTAC website. 

Job Opportunities

Extended Hands of Hope has a job opening for a full-time therapist to provide clinical support and case management to 12-17 year-old youth. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Christine Bowles.

The Colorado Department of Human Services has an opening for a Training Specialist. To learn more about the opportunity, and to apply, click here.

OVC Funding Opportunities

FY 2019 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking Solicitation

OVC seeks to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving anti-trafficking field by improving and supporting services to victims of human trafficking. Proposed projects should develop or enhance promising practices, models, and victim-centered programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to close gaps in assisting all victims of sex and labor trafficking in the United States. The deadline to apply is June 27th.

FY 2019 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victim of Human Trafficking Solicitation

The purpose of this program is to improve outcomes for children and youth who are victims of human trafficking by integrating human trafficking policy and programming at the state or tribal level and to enhancing coordinated, multidisciplinary, and statewide approaches to serving youth.  The deadline to apply is July 1st. 


Regional Anti-Trafficking Collaboration Meetings

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June 4th, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Boulder County Human Trafficking Task Force. This meeting is not open to the public. Please contact Martha Hawkinson for more information. 

June 10th, 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

June 11th,  10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Alliance to Combat Human Trafficking Pueblo. This meeting is not open to the public. For more information, please contact Mona Klein.
June 11th,  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.

June 25th, 2:30-4 p.m. Denver Anti-Trafficking Alliance Meeting. This meeting is not open to the public. For more information, please contact Elise Reifschneider


Upcoming Council and FRAC Meetings

Upcoming Front Range Anti-Trafficking Coalition Meeting

July 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

June 28th, 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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