2014 has been an exciting year for the HTC. We’ve grown in a number of ways – more events, more associates, and more public engagement. Before we race ahead into our 2015 events and initiatives we wanted to stop and take a moment to recall some of our favorite moments of 2014.
January 2014 was the inaugural month for the HTC Blog. We’re proud of our first year of blog postings and excited about the interactions the blog fostered between the HTC and you. Thanks for reading!
In February we hosted Flipping the Discourse: Empowerment and Effective Anti-Sex Trafficking Efforts. Three speakers shared a viewpoint often ignored in the anti-human trafficking movement – sex worker’s rights. The primary takeaway was that anti-trafficking efforts ought to distinguish between sex trafficking and sex work and should empower victims and survivors rather than oppress.
2014 saw the passage of Colorado’s HB 14-1273, legislation focused on the protection of victims and survivors of human trafficking. This bill also mandated the creation of Colorado’s Human Trafficking Council, on which the HTC has a seat.
In August the HTC set up a tabling station at a Rodrigo y Gabriela concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. HTC staff was able to interact with a number of concertgoers who were interested in our work.
In September the HTC hosted a Town Hall to discuss human trafficking legislation. The event was a follow-up to the passage of HB 14-1273, and four panelists discussed the components necessary for comprehensive human trafficking legislation.
This fall the HTC hosted three delegations of State Department Visitors through World Denver. These visitors were from countries including India, Nepal, Tunisia, Pakistan, Oman, and Papua New Guinea, among others. The delegates dialogued with the HTC about best practices in anti-trafficking and ways they could utilize the HTC’s research.
The HTC is in the final stages of planning for the Perspectives on Human Trafficking Conference that will be held January 8 and 9 at the University of Denver. Planning for the conference began during the summer, and the conference will include perspectives from different academic disciplines and anti-trafficking organizations across the Rocky Mountain region. The goal is to highlight how everyone is a stakeholder in combating human trafficking. If you’d like to register for the conference, you can do so here.
Thanks for your part in a great 2014. We look forward to more great events and interactions with you in 2015!