Developing survivor leaders in Colorado who can inform and lead at all points of the statewide anti-trafficking movement.
The Survivor Leadership project was initiated in 2017, and represents an expansion of LCHT’s existing Leadership Development Program, which has supported 125 future human rights leaders over the last twelve years. While the U.S. anti-trafficking movement has seen great progress since the initial Trafficking Victims Protection Act passed in 2000, there remains a lack of consistent survivor leadership guiding the response to this crime.
In Colorado, LCHT has observed that survivors are too often left out of strategic conversations where their wisdom and experience are essential. If survivors are included, it is typically only an invitation to “share their story”, not to participate, inform, and advise with the decision makers themselves. This kind of approach is problematic at best, and re-traumatizing at worst. The need to counter this dynamic is clearer than ever. LCHT has historically taken great care to include survivors in its research, training, and other work, and an investment in an ongoing survivor leaders group is in line with its mission, vision, and values.