This update from LCHT’s Executive Director Amanda Finger was released on March 13, 2020 and most recently updated on September 1st, 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 season 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. We are also thinking of everyone who has been directly effected by the virus itself.
LCHT is committed to making responsible choices in 2020 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 any more in-person trainings in 2020, and we will revisit options moving forward in January 2021. The safety and well-being of attendees at all of our trainings is paramount. We are still facilitating online and virtual trainings, and you can schedule a new training here if you are interested.
- We are adapting our Leadership Development Program to support fully remote sessions through the end of the year. If you have additional questions about this program, contact Craig Nason.
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!