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Help Establish the Office of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR) in Colorado

📷 Key Image from the Office of Colorado State Senator Jessie Danielson The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT) fully supports the passage of Senate Bill 22-150, which seeks to establish the Office of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives within the Department of Public Safety in Colorado. We encourage our allies and supporters in the anti-trafficking…

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The Spirit of Service: Meet Two Inspiring Volunteers Creating a Better Future for Everyone

This month we’re celebrating the power of what’s possible when we come together to help end human trafficking. And today is International Volunteer Day, a moment to recognize people who are giving back, responding to needs, and creating a better future for everyone. No better time then today to announce the two recipients of our…

Open Position: Hotline and Advocacy Manager

Position Closed: Hotline and Advocacy ManagerApplications for the following full-time position are CLOSED. Any changes to that status will be indicated here.  The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to represent all of our community members. We strongly encourage applications from survivors, those with lived experiences, candidates with nontraditional…

A Co-Founder Returns as Research Director: Welcome Back AJ!

Today I’m very excited to share that my fellow co-founder, Dr. Annjanette R. Alejano-Steele, has joined the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking as our new Research Director! You are likely already familiar with AJ’s long history of contributions to anti-trafficking, as well as our friendship as co-founders of LCHT, which spans more than sixteen years. She served as…

AJ and Amanda: Sixteen Years of Friendship and Partnering for Anti-Trafficking

Today we’re proud to share a special conversation between our two co-founders, Amanda Finger and Dr. Annjanette Alejano-Steele, better known as AJ. If you didn’t know, Amanda and AJ’s friendship and work in anti-trafficking spans over 16 years. They recently sat down together in Denver to remember some of that history, discuss their unique partnership,…

Centering Survivors in the Anti-Trafficking Movement: Survivor-Driven Policy Suggestions

Today’s guest post comes from Julia Owen, a recent alumni of LCHT’s Leadership Development Program. Julia works professionally in the immigration field in Colorado. Her suggestions around survivor-driven policy came through an independent review of survivor-led resources as well as input from existing survivor leaders. While the anti-trafficking field is moving towards a survivor-centered model,…

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Housing Insecurity and the Persistent Connection to Human Trafficking

In Colorado, housing insecurity and homelessness are both causes of human trafficking and areas of greatest need for survivors. Lack of stable housing — and the underlying role of poverty — are major contributors to vulnerability that can lead to exploitative situations. This is particularly true among youth populations.  One study found that among shelter…

International Migrants Day 2020: Modeling Resiliency in Uncertain Times

Today’s guest post comes from Julia Owen, a recent alumni of LCHT’s Leadership Development Program. Julia works professionally in the immigration field in Colorado. Her perspective this International Migrants Day provides important insight into the resilience of immigrants seeking relief, but also the compounding circumstances of a global pandemic, that can increase the vulnerabilities we…