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Perspectives on Human Trafficking: The University of Denver Comes Together to Move the Cause Forward

  by Ashley Greve, Associate Director of Advocacy “I know that human trafficking is awful, but I’m not an activist. I’m not going to work for an anti-trafficking organization so it doesn’t really have anything to do with me.” Sound familiar? As graduate students, the associates at the Human Trafficking Center hear this ...

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“Gem Hunt” Ignores Human Trafficking for TV Ratings

  by Holly Redmond, HTC associate From a human rights perspective, there are many concerns and controversial subjects covered in the Travel Channel’s show “Gem Hunt.” This show follows the exploits of Ron LeBlanc, Diane Robinson and Bernie Gaboury, experts in the fields of gemology and precious stone acquisition. These ...

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What’s lacking in New York’s Anti-Trafficking Legislation?

  (Photo: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, via Creative Commons) by Jeanne Crump, HTC associate On October 16th New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into legislation a bill that would protect young victims of trafficking by granting two primary protections: a sealing provision of victim’s records and a decriminalization ...

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Is the Media Helping or Harming Anti-Trafficking Efforts?

  by Dana Bruxvoort, HTC Marketing Coordinator In my weekly monitoring of human trafficking news, I see the above image (or some variation of it) often. And it concerns me. As a marketing professional, I’m well-acquainted with the power of words and images to shape public opinion and knowledge. As a researcher and academic in ...

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HTC Immigration Panel: A recap

  by Dana Bruxvoort and and Ashley Greve, HTC staff Last week the HTC hosted a panel discussion about immigration and migrants’ heightened vulnerability to human trafficking. Numerous experiences with migrant exploitation were shared by the three panelists (in photo, from left to right): Megan Hope of the Rocky Mountain ...

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October Human Trafficking News

  by Victoria Robertson, HTC associate HTC Associate Beth Harrell wrote on the ramifications of and reasons for Malaysia’s downgrade from Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 3 ranking in the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Associate Sarah Davis reported on the 2014 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws produced by Washington, ...

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Malaysia Drops to Tier 3 on the TIP Report, But No Ramifications Are Felt

  by Beth Harrell, HTC Events Coordinator After the release of the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report in June, Malaysia – one of the United States’ allies in Southeast Asia – was downgraded from Tier 2 Watch List to a Tier 3 ranking. The TIP report is published annually by the United States Department of […]

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Colorado Given Lowest Rating for Victim Assistance Laws in Polaris’ 2014 State Ratings

by Sarah Davis, HTC associate On September 27th, Polaris – an anti-human trafficking nonprofit based in Washington D.C. – released their 2014 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws, and there was both good and bad news for Colorado. The ratings’ release coincided with a panel presentation on Capitol Hill where senators, a ...

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Recap: First Colorado Human Trafficking Council Meeting

By Victoria Robertson, HTC associate In accordance with HB14-1273, the Colorado Human Trafficking Council convened for its first meeting on Friday, October 3. Its 28 members included law enforcement, legislators and NGOs appointed by the Governor or by Executive Directors of various state agencies. HTC Director Claude d’Estree and ...

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ISIS: One of Many Contributors to Trafficking in Syria and Iraq

  by Jenni Hankel, Associate Director of Research While rape, sexual violence and human trafficking are not new phenomena to the Middle East, the media’s focus on abuses by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has made it appear as though sex and labor trafficking rates are increasing rapidly. As ISIS continues to kidnap […]

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