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Eliminating Human Trafficking by 2030

The Fourth Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labor takes place in Buenos Aires next week. The conference aims to accelerate the pace at which child labor is eliminated in accordance with goal 8.7 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The 2030 SDG Agenda urges companies, UN Member States, and civil society organizations to eliminate child labor by 2025, and forced labor, modern slavery and human trafficking by 2030.

To accomplish this goal, the International Labor Organization launched Alliance 8.7, a global partnership to assist the United Nations in achieving goal 8.7 of the SDG. The Alliance has set forth a series of objectives to help them achieve the objectives of SDG 8.7.

The aforementioned conference is intended to facilitate discussion and deliberation between states, organizations, and individuals. Conference topics include various political, technological, and social innovations. Of particular note are discussions surrounding supply chain transparency legislation and other Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. This is interesting as some academics and observers question the quality of recent corporate and governmental initiatives aimed at improving labor standards of the world’s workplaces

Those critical of CSR initiatives like the UK Modern Slavery Act and other supply chain transparency regulations argue that these initiatives codify existing private governance mechanisms that make little difference for people being impacted by forced labor. They go on to argue that CSR legislation in its current form fails to establish new public labor standards or enforcement mechanisms to empower workers. A recent study argues that CSR initiatives do not provide the impetus for major corporations to take the issue of forced labor seriously.

Other innovations, such as worker-driven social responsibility (WSR) initiatives have developed as a possible counter-point to, and evolution of, CSR models. These WSR models take a bottom-up approach that empowers workers to act as their own stewards. One such example is the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in the southeastern region of the United States. These models contrast with CSR models in that they do not rely on the good faith of corporations and businesses to self-regulate.

It is nearly impossible to know what the correct models are to have a society free of forced labor. Any resolution and progress towards a world free of forced labor will require honest dialogue about how systemic, societal, and cultural issues permit and perpetuate this issue. Let us hope that the Fourth Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labor can reignite such a dialog and establish a path towards eliminating human trafficking by 2030.

In the News

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Reuters reports that many of the world's top brands are failing to disclose slavery and trafficking risks in their operations and supply chains. This follows a report from the CORE Coalition, a watchdog organization in the UK, who observed that many companies failed to provide adequate statements about how their company works to eradicate slavery from company supply chains per new requirements of companies under the UK Modern Slavery Act. Their report notes that many of the organizations they examined are not reporting on known risks of abuses associated with specific commodities and sectors. 

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A recent article titled Boys in the Life highlights how young men and LGBTQ youth are as susceptible to sex trafficking as young women. Risk factors such as sexual abuse, homelessness, foster care and juvenile justice involvement impact all youth regardless of gender or sexual orientation. However, gender and sexual orientation biases can make it difficult for youth to seek or receive support. This can be especially pronounced with male victims of sexual trauma, including heterosexual boys, who are less willing to identify as victims of sexual exploitation due to stigma and shame surrounding their sexual orientation.
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Operation Cross Country XI – the FBI’s annual law enforcement action focused on recovering underage victims of commercial sex trafficking – recovered 84 sexually exploited individuals in their most recent operation. The operation is led by the FBI who works in partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to recover minors, hold traffickers accountable, and bring awareness to the issue. This year's operation included the recovery of a 3-month-old girl and her five-year-old sister by the Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force after a friend who was staying with the family made a deal with an undercover task force officer to sell both children for sex in exchange for $600. In total 17 Colorado youth were recovered, ten of whom were males.

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The U.S. Department of Justice recently released a new report from the Urban Institute titled, Federal Prosecution of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Cases, 2004-2013. According to the study, most defendants charged with CSEC offenses from 2004 – 2013 were male (97%), white (82%), U.S. citizens (97%), and had no prior felony convictions (79%). From 2004 - 2013, a total of 37,105 suspects referred to U.S.attorneys had a CSEC lead charge. Of these, 72% were referred for the possession of child pornography, followed by child sex trafficking (18%) and child pornography production (10%).

Training Opportunities

The National Criminal Justice Training Center will host a webinar on Wednesday,
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November 15th titled "Human Trafficking: Inside the Survivor's Mind." The webinar is meant to help participants understand complex PTSD and why a survivor may not run from their trafficker, understand how resilience helps in recovery, and what the recovery process looks like.

Registration is now open for the 16th Annual Freedom Network Conference on April 4 – 5th, 2018 in Denver at the Grand Hyatt. This year's conference theme is "Standing Tall: A Vision of Freedom in Times of Change."  Learn more about the 2018 Freedom Network Conference by visiting the conference web page.

Employment Opportunity

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Freedom Network USA (FNUSA) has been awarded a three-year grant to improve access to housing for trafficking survivors from the Office for Victims of Crime. The grant will support the Freedom Network's Training Institute Housing Training and Technical Assistance Project. FNUSA will be hiring a Training Institute Director and a Coordinator to implement the project. Applications for these positions are currently being accepted with the application deadline of December 1, 2017.  For more details, visit the FNUSA website

Regional Anti-Trafficking Collaboration Meetings

November 9th, 3:00 – 5:00 PM:  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.

November 13th,  4:00 – 5:00 PM: Western Slope Against Trafficking. Meetings are held in Grand Junction, CO but are not open to the public. For more information contact Tom Acker.
November 14th, 10:30 – 11:30 AM: Pueblo Alliance to Combat Human Trafficking meeting. This meeting is not open to the public. For more information, please contact

November 14th,  5:30 – 6:30 PM: 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.

CHTC and FRAC Meeting Dates

Upcoming CHTC Meeting

November 17th from 9:00 AM 1:00 PM. The meeting will begin at 9 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 about the CHTC please visit the CHTC Homepage.

Upcoming FRAC Meeting

January 18th from 2:00 3:30 PM:  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 Maria Trujillo.
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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