About Us

The end of human trafficking. That’s our vision.

We believe a comprehensive response to human trafficking in Colorado is possible.

Our passionate team is on a mission to inform social change that ultimately eliminates human exploitation.

Will you join us?

Our Story

In 2005, under the leadership of Amanda Finger, we formed a state chapter of the national NGO Polaris Project. At the time, the national response to human trafficking was still very new. Amanda was moved by a desire to see her generation uphold human rights more effectively. In Colorado, early efforts to combat human trafficking were isolated, uncoordinated, and disconnected from data. This reality led Amanda, alongside Dr. AnnJanette (AJ) Alejano-Steele, to establish an independent 501(c)3 in 2009 called the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT).

In the years since, our programs have become critical to supporting survivors and strengthening Colorado’s response.

Since our official launch in 2009, we have:

  • Conducted four major research projects in Colorado to drive action, inform policy change, and promote a more data-informed response to human trafficking
  • Led the operation of Colorado’s 24/7 Human Trafficking Hotline, connecting callers and texters with a growing statewide network of agencies who engage in support services
  • Trained more than 53,000 community members and professionals in a position to identify and serve survivors
  • Supported nearly 200 aspiring human rights leaders through our Leadership Development Program
Some members of the LCHT team in 2023.
17 members of the LCHT team and board pose for the camera in front of an ivy-covered brick wall
LCHT Advocates pose in front of a colorful backdrop

Who We Help

Who experiences human trafficking in Colorado? These stories are based on the experiences of actual survivors. They are featured in This is Human Trafficking, Colorado’s public awareness campaign that promotes our 24/7 hotline.

LCHT exists to make stories like this a thing of the past. Your support can make that possible.

Support the movement to end human trafficking.

What we do

Training and Education

“LCHT’s training was incredibly valuable to our staff and volunteers. We were given tools to initiate conversations with young people who may be involved in trafficking or at risk for this crime.”

Kelly Miller, CASA of the Continental Divide

Research and Action

“The anti-human trafficking movement needs evidence to inform not only policy but also service delivery — so that we can stop guessing, and start utilizing sustainable, survivor-informed practices to serve our most vulnerable community members.”

Kara Napolitano, LCHT Research and Training Manager

Hotline and Resource Directory

“I live on the Western Slope surrounded by rural agricultural communities. Labor trafficking happens here way more than it should and there aren’t adequate resources to help survivors. Working on the hotline gives me hope for the future!”

Kim Smith, Volunteer Hotline Advocate

Leadership Development

“LCHT has shown me what true partnership means. Human rights work can only move forward through collaboration and trusting relationships. I have learned that there is room for love, self-care, support, and trust even when you are working to combat such a terrible crime.”

Natcha Connot, 2022 LCHT Intern

Our values

Human Rights

We promote the protection of freedom, dignity, and access to human rights for all people.


We are committed to authenticity and transparency, and apply the highest ethical standards in every action that we take.

Interdisciplinary Response

We mobilize and leverage a broad range of fields, sectors, frameworks, and methods to problem-solve and make meaningful decisions.

Lived Experience

We celebrate resilience in individual experiences, bringing in all voices to inform what we do and how we lead.

Research-driven Insight

We synthesize data, facts, and knowledge, drawn from diverse sources, to drive social change.

Social Justice

We honor and support inclusion across diverse experiences and intersectional identities, and recognize that all systems of oppression are interconnected.

What’s Happening in Anti-Trafficking

Our Stories

Leadership Development Program Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Leadership Development Program Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Over the years, we’ve worked with incredible Leadership Development Program participants. This three-month internship program draws people from all walks of life. We’ve supported undergraduate students just entering the workforce, late-career professionals switching fields, and everything in between.

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