The Colorado Anti-Trafficking Insider

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May 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!

Colorado Project 2.0 Report is Live!

DCJ staff recently sat down with Amanda Finger, Executive Director of the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, to find out about their newly released Colorado Project 2.0 Report.

What is the Colorado Project 2.0?
AF: Colorado Project 2.0 (CP 2.0) is a follow-up from the original Colorado Project (CP 1.0), which aims to understand Colorado’s efforts to combat human trafficking from a comprehensive perspective using the 4P framework (prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships).  With CP 2.0, we conducted the same survey as the original to identify strengths and gaps in the state. Five years later, we want to know what is changing in the broader anti-trafficking movement. Is our response to trafficking getting smarter?  

What are the strengths and gaps you identified in CP 2.0?
AF: Colorado communities are more organized and prepared to respond to human trafficking. There is a lot more awareness. Five years ago there were only four partnership efforts across the state. Now there are 17!

While this growth in partnerships statewide is a definite strength, we found that membership is not always representative of the larger community. Efforts to meaningfully engage survivors in these partnerships is also a gap.

With protection, we identified the diversity in services, agencies and clients as a strength. Yet specific needs that survivors have, such as housing for males, are unavailable or too costly in many locales.

Survivors are also beginning to lead initiatives statewide, and when provided with support and resources, we will continue to see that grow.

What should our state be doing based on the strengths and gaps you identified?
AF: First, we should be celebrating the many promising practices that are happening. The report highlights several of them in the Executive Summary

Second, as a state, we should begin to collectively take steps to implement the Action Plan 2.0, which is a set of recommendations for the Colorado anti-trafficking field moving forward.  

How can a community use the Action Plan to better combat human trafficking?
AF: Let’s say I am a community member who wants to focus on diversifying the audiences who receive training and education on human trafficking, which is a gap we identified. Prevention recommendation #1 provides clear guidance about audiences that should be the focus of those efforts based on our findings. Prevention recommendation #2 spells out what the training curricula should include to be considered comprehensive.

Additionally, a citizen-led partnership can use the insights from our report to assess their membership and brainstorm ways they might engage more diverse stakeholders by using the Action Plan as a guide (partnership recommendation #1).

Overall, CP 2.0 is meant to honor all the great efforts that are happening. My hope is that we can use these data to be smarter, more efficient, and inclusive in our collective work.

News and Publications

CHTC's Labor Trafficking Recommendation Becomes Law

Colorado's legislative season ended on May 3rd and among the bills that passed was HB19-1267, Penalties for Failure to Pay Wages.  HB19-1267 resulted from a 2018 recommendation of the Colorado Human Trafficking Council. Under the new law, theft of wages will be subject to felony penalties to better align with those for other forms of theft. Before passage, wage theft was treated as an unclassified misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $300. 

At an April 2nd press conference CHTC Program Manager Maria Trujillo noted, "with the passage of HB19-1267 we can strengthen penalties for theft of a person’s labor, and in so doing, provide prosecutors with more and better legal tools to fight labor trafficking."  Read more about the bill in this recent Westword article.

No Sex Trafficking Charges in the Robert Kraft-Related Sting

In an April 16th Rolling Stone magazine article, journalist E.J. Dickson explores how the criminal investigation that implicated New England Patriots' owner, Robert Kraft, was initially portrayed as a sex trafficking case.  Kraft's lawyers claim that police knew all along there was no sex trafficking but carried out surveillance anyway. Prosecutors insist that such tactics were justified even though they ultimately lacked sufficient evidence to charge sex trafficking.

Dickson's reporting addresses the concern that Asian massage parlor activity tends to be viewed through prejudiced lens. Savannah Sly, a representative of the Sex Workers Outreach Project, cautions that those working in such contexts may willfully do so: "many migrant workers in the sex trade, domestic work and agriculture emigrate and work voluntarily, because it’s often their best option for addressing issues of poverty, crime, family needs and war, at home."

One-Hour Online Training Module for Medical Professionals Now Available

The Institute on Healthcare and Human Trafficking at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta launched an online, self-paced 1-hour human trafficking training module for medical professionals.  The course offers 1.0 hour of free CME/CNE credits and provides a basic overview of adult and child trafficking, including definitions, risk factors, possible indicators, and recommendations for responding to suspected trafficking. 

In addition, there are many resources for healthcare professionals and administrators on the Institute on Healthcare and Human Trafficking's website, including fact sheets, research articles, and sample policies.


New OVC Funding Opportunity

Through the 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.

OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on May 9, 3–4 p.m. ET, to review requirements and conduct a Q&A session. Click here to register.

Regional Anti-Trafficking Collaboration Meetings

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May 9th, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Northeast Colorado Coalition Against Trafficking. This meeting is not open to the public. Please contact Diana Laws for more information. 

May 13th, 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

May 14th,  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.
May 15th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Jefferson County Human Trafficking Sub-Committee Meeting. This meetings is open to the public and is held at 500 Jefferson County Parkway (map). For more information contact Amy Sciangula.

May 15th, 2-4 p.m. 17th Judicial District Anti-Trafficking Task Force Meeting. This meeting is not open to the public. For more information, please contact Christopher Rossi


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

May 24th, 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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