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Affirming Care for the LGBTQ+ Community: An Interview with Steven Haden, CEO of Envision:You

Happy Pride Month! As rainbow flags fly and clothing store shelves are stocked with Pride apparel this month, we must acknowledge that LGBTQ+ lives are disproportionately affected by human trafficking and exploitation all year-round. We know that LGBTQ+ individuals face a higher risk of becoming victims of human trafficking compared to their straight, cisgender peers.…

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…

Shifting Perceptions: Internship Reflections From Rebecca Brownsword

The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking’s Leadership Development Program exists to prepare human rights leaders and survivors with the knowledge, skills, and professional development opportunities necessary to contribute to the anti-trafficking movement. We are proud to have the opportunity to work alongside leaders like Rebecca Brownsword, who is wrapping up her participation with our spring cohort and graduating from CU Boulder next month.

Turning Research into Action with the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking

My name is Kristen Anna, and I am a research intern at the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT). My experience participating in LCHT’s Leadership Development Program this summer has been fascinating, eye-opening, occasionally confusing, and wonderful. The main reason I was drawn to LCHT was because I was on the search for something. I…