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The Colorado Anti-Trafficking Insider
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 included is intended for informational purposes only.

 Spotlight
17th Judicial District Human Trafficking Task Force

Allyson Baber and Stephanie Fritts are the founders of the 17th Judicial District's Human Trafficking Task Force.  They credit the advice and mentorship of colleagues from the District Attorney Offices in Jefferson and Arapahoe Counties, as well as the Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force, with help in getting their task force off the ground. The group organized its first meeting in mid—2015. Since then, the Task Force has grown its membership to include local and federal law enforcement, judges, the Department of Human Services, Probation, Guardian Ad Litems, and non-governmental groups, including Aurora Mental Health and Extended Hands of Hope.

The Task Force’s goals are to educate the community on the issue of human trafficking, foster relationships among multi-sector stakeholders, and promote a victim-centered case response. Like other district attorney-led task forces, the 17th Judicial District regularly convenes a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to identify and conduct case reviews of at-risk youth. Additionally, the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office created a full-time position in January to lead the human-trafficking unit. Deputy District Attorney Chris Rossi now occupies this role.

In the News
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U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking member and labor trafficking survivor Ronny Marty penned an article for CNN which covers three actions the Department of Labor (DOL) could take to help combat human trafficking based off of a series of recommendations from the Presidential Advisory Council's first Annual Report (PDF)

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U.S. News published a blog that discusses ways school educators and staff can help prevent human trafficking. The post discusses three strategies school staff can use to build awareness on human trafficking in order to protect students and facilitate learning. The blog calls for school educators and staff to learn more about human trafficking so that they might recognize potential signs of human trafficking.
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Denver CBS4 produced a short news story about ways in which hospitality staff might recognize signs of the sex trade at their workplace. The story also covers ways in which trained hotel and hospitality employees can safely reach out to potential victims. 



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When Visa and MasterCard stopped supporting Backpage.com in 2015, some Backpage.com site users began using Bitcoin as an alternative way to conduct online transactions. Urged by a human trafficking survivor, Canadian banks are working with local government offices to identify strategies to detect human trafficking by finding patterns left by Bitcoin users.
Council Vacancies
 
The Colorado Human Trafficking Council is a statewide, legislatively established body that represents a wide-range of sectors, disciplines, and perspectives. The Council strives to build and enhance collaboration among communities, improve comprehensive services for victims and survivors of human trafficking, to assist in the successful prosecution of human traffickers, and to help prevent human trafficking in Colorado.

There are currently three vacant seats on the Council that cover the following roles:
  • A "representative of a regional or city-wide human trafficking coalition,"
  • A "representative of an organization that provides direct services to victims of human trafficking,"
  • A "representative of a "non-profit organization that facilitates the treatment or housing of human trafficking victims."
If you or someone you know is appropriate for these vacancies, visit the Council Vacancies page for further information on how to apply. 
Federal Grant Update
 
The Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families recently provided an update on a forecasted grant opportunity titled, "Look Beneath the Surface Regional Anti-Trafficking Program". The grant opportunity is estimated to officially post on April 10th with a projected deadline for applications on June 9th, 2017.
Upcoming Conferences
 
Annual Freedom Network Conference
Freedom Network USA is hosting its 15th annual conference. This year's conference takes place April 5th and April 6th in the Washington, D.C. This year's theme is "Redefining Justice: Envisioning New Approaches in Anti-Trafficking Work." You can register here.

Sustainable Restoration Conference
Restoration Project International will be hosting a conference on April 24th to educate communities and institutions on sex trafficking, as well as their role in the rehabilitation and restoration of survivors. The conference is an all-day event hosted by the University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs. Event registration is $15 for students and $25 for all others. 

Colorado Victim Assistance Academy
The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) will be hosting the Colorado Victim Assistance Academy (CVAA) from May 22 - May 26, 2017 in Loveland, Colorado. The purpose of the Academy is to provide basic victim advocacy training to people working with victims of crime and to emphasize the importance of social networking and collaboration to enhance services provision in the victim services field.  For more information about the event including how to register, visit the CVAA webpage.

Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference
The Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) and the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) will be hosting the Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference June 12 - June 14, 2017 in Vail, Colorado. The Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference provides participants a robust curriculum and high-level speakers on a variety of topics related to advocacy. For more information about the event including how to register, visit the Colorado Advocacy in Action web page

Regional Anti-Trafficking Collaboration Meetings
March 8th,  2:00 PM to 3:30 PM: 17th Judicial District Task Force. These meetings are not open to the public.



March 14th, 5:30 PM to 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 about this group, please contact Roger Patrizio.



March 15th, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: 18th Judicial District Human Trafficking Task Force. This meeting is not open to the public. For more information, contact Alli Bettenberg
March 9th, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM:  Northeastern Colorado Coalition Against Trafficking. This meeting is not open to the public. For more information about this group, please contact Diana Laws.

March 15th, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM: Jefferson County Human Trafficking Subcommittee meeting. This meeting is held at the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office (map). For more information about this group, please contact Amy Sciangula.

March 28th, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM: Pueblo Alliance to Combat Human Trafficking meeting. This meeting is not open to the public. For more information about this group, please contact acht.pueblo@gmail.com
CHTC and FRAC Meeting Dates

Upcoming FRAC Meeting

April 20th from 2:00 PM to 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 Cate Bowman.

Upcoming CHTC Meeting

March 24th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The meeting will begin at 9 AM. Council 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.
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