Update on COVID-19 and LCHT Operations

Message From The Executive Director
This update from LCHT’s Executive Director Amanda Finger was released on March 13, 2020 and updated on May 15th, 2020. Any future changes to our operations response will be reflected in this post.

To our supporters, partners, and friends:

We are reaching out today in the midst of a challenging few months for our country and the global community in regards to the 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 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 or search at combathumantrafficking.org/directory
  • 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. Our entire staff is still working full time and available to connect on the phone or virtually as their work schedules allow.
  • We will not deliver in-person trainings through August 1st, and we will revisit options moving forward at that time. We are currently considering virtual training options for the fall if necessary.  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 are available if you’re interested in scheduling a new training
  • We are adapting our Leadership Development Program to support a fully remote session this summer. We are still determining whether we will be able to host an in-person session this fall. If you have additional questions about this program, contact Ashley Hunt.

Beyond these updates, we are continuing to follow guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health, 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! 

In solidarity,  

Amanda Finger
Executive Director

Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking

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