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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…

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,…

We Imagine: A Community Coming Together to Help End Human Trafficking

Today is International Volunteer Day, and we are celebrating some of the wonderful people who make our anti-trafficking work possible! In particular, we’re reflecting on the continual effort put in by the volunteers behind Colorado’s 24/7 Human Trafficking Hotline. These dedicated individuals took time from the chaos of daily life in 2020 to support survivors,…

We Imagine: The End of Human Trafficking is Still Possible

This year the world stopped – but human trafficking didn’t. Across the country, many vulnerabilities that lead to exploitation are more present than ever. That’s why our response right now is so critical. At the close of an unprecedented year, we are all asking: How can we still imagine a way forward towards our greatest…

Stay at Hope: Continued Commitment to Emerging Leaders in Anti-Trafficking

A global pandemic has exposed the deeply entrenched inequities in the structures and systems of our society. People of color are dying at disproportionate rates, lack of access to medical supplies and capacity to care for those that are ill are ongoing concerns, and growing ideological divides between economic freedoms and centering public health and…

Stay at Hope: Understanding and Responding to Human Trafficking During Coronavirus

There are so many ways to reflect on the last few months and how we will respond to the COVID-19 crisis in the months to come. We have witnessed how interconnected humans are, how our actions (and forced inaction) affect the earth and the environment, and how fragile our economy is. We have suffered previously…