To our supporters, partners, and friends:
We are reaching out today in the midst of a challenging few days for our country and the global community in regards to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic. First and foremost, we are thinking about those of you who have a direct role in public health efforts. Thank you for being on the frontlines of prevention and care related to the coronavirus.
LCHT is committed to making responsible choices in the days and weeks ahead that will best support our resilient community. Regarding our operations and anti-trafficking efforts at LCHT, we want to share a few things:
- Colorado’s Human Trafficking Hotline will continue to operate normally during this time. Because our advocates support calls and texts remotely, we are able to process tips, make referrals, and help survivors in the same way. You can Call 866-455-5075 or Text 720-999-9724.
- In-person meetings at our offices in Denver are cancelled at this time and until further notice. Beginning on March 13th, our staff shifted to a modified remote-work schedule. Staff members are still available to connect on the phone or virtually as their work schedules allow.
- Scheduled trainings in April are being cancelled or rescheduled at this time. The safety and well-being of attendees at all of our trainings is paramount. Our Research and Training Manager will contact all organizers who this effects to determine appropriate next steps. Virtual trainings may be available.
- We are adapting our Leadership Development Program to support our current interns remotely as they complete their academic requirements. We anticipate being able to lead our summer and fall cohorts as scheduled. If you have additional questions about this program, contact Ashley Hunt.
Beyond these updates, we are continuing to follow guidance issued by state and local public health officials, as well as the recommendations outlined in the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers. We encourage you to do the same. We each have an important role to play as we work to “flatten the curve” in Colorado and around the U.S.
Finally, we want to acknowledge the stress and anxiety moments like this can produce. We hope you will find ways to talk with loved ones, be kind to yourself, and support those in your community who are struggling. Thank you for being a partner in our anti-trafficking efforts, which will carry on!