Support Colorado’s 24/7 Human Trafficking Hotline
Colorado’s 24/7 Human Trafficking Hotline is managed by the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. It is supported through the dedication of incredible volunteer advocates.
Advocates take calls/texts remotely and are trained to handle a variety of call and/or text scenarios with a focus on connecting callers to the hotline’s vetted list of resources and referral agencies around the state. Bilingual, Spanish speaking candidates, BIPOC, and those with lived experiences or marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a remote volunteering opportunity. Read FAQs here.
If you’re interested in volunteering to support this critical Colorado resource, submit the initial inquiry form now!
Next training (2024):
February 24th and 25th, 9AM-5PM and February 27th and 29th, 6PM-8PM
*Please note that prospective Advocates must attend all training dates and times .
How to become a hotline advocate
Approved advocate candidates receive 20 hours of in-depth training in preparation to support the hotline with an additional 12 hours of continuing education throughout the year.
Advocates are “on-call” during shifts they schedule according to their availability. Hotline calls are securely patched through to any number the advocate prefers.
Colorado's Human Trafficking Hotline Advocate Inquiry
Volunteer Hotline Advocate FAQs
Do I need prior experience in anti-trafficking work to apply?
No prior experience is necessary, but it’s always appreciated!
How many hours per month do I need to commit to?
Advocates are requested to pick up 2-4 shifts monthly for at least a year after training, with some flexibility.
Do I need to live in Colorado to volunteer?
Yes, all volunteers must reside in Colorado.
What happens after I submit my inquiry form?
A Hotline staff member will reach out to initiate next steps. This may include filling out a longer application, an interview, and, upon approval, participation in upcoming training.
What is the application process like?
Prospective Advocates submit the inquiry form on our website first. Once that has been received they are invited to fill out a longer application and schedule an interview with a Hotline staff member. Upon acceptance to the training, prospective Advocates will fill out additional paperwork and get a background check completed in accordance with our grant requirements.
How will I know if I'm accepted for training?
Acceptance will be communicated verbally at the end of the interview or via email within 3 days.
How long is the training?
Initial training is 20 hours, with an additional 12 hours of continuing education. Quarterly meetings are offered in a hybrid format.
Where does the training take place?
Virtually via Zoom to accommodate volunteers across the state.
Do I need to attend the whole training, even if I was a previous intern?
Yes, everyone must complete the entire training, with some flexibility on a case-by-case basis.
What will I learn during training?
Basics of human trafficking, Hotline operations, on-call tools, trauma awareness, and more, with practice calls for real-life experience.
Since the Hotline is 24/7, do I have to stay up all night?
No, night shifts expect you to sleep at your normal time, but keep your phone on “loud” for potential calls or texts.
What support is provided during shifts?
You’re never on-call alone; there’s always an Advocate, Backup Manager, and Staff Manager for support.
What kinds of calls do you get on the Hotline?
A wide variety of calls, including resource referrals, tips about trafficking situations, and informational inquiries. Active crises are only a small percentage of call scenarios.
Where can I learn more about what it’s like to be an Advocate?
Check out the LCHT Blog posts to learn more as there have been several posts highlighting our Advocates and the amazing work they do!
What emotional support is provided to Advocates?
Optional self-care processing sessions, two yearly check-ins, and continuous support from staff and backup managers.
Is call-taking done in person?
No, this is a remote volunteer opportunity. Calls are routed securely to your personal phone.