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Human Trafficking Center

Recap: December Colorado Human Trafficking Council Meeting

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by Victoria Robertson, HTC associate and Human Trafficking Council liaison

The Colorado Human Trafficking Council met for its third monthly meeting on Friday, December 12.

Given that the new Council is sorting through administrative tasks, agreeing on bylaws, and electing chairs, a portion of the meeting was spent continuing to outline similar procedures for future meetings. On Friday, the council decided to institute additional by-laws, term limits, and allowed for proxy voting.

Following these agreements, the Council continued in its tradition of allowing members to present on the workings of their organizations and expertise. The following presentations took place:

  1. Council member Jo-Anne O’Neil of the Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado presented on recent developments within her organization, including the creation of a new subcommittee on demand reduction. O’Neil also explained the various services provided by the Task Force — including diversion programs, an art-outreach program targeting at-risk youth, and a service provider network.
  2. Beth Bruno of the Larimer County Task Force reported on developments from their community response team, a task force made up of 25 representatives that focuses on trafficking in the Fort Collins area.
  3. Member Tom Acker of the Western Slope Human Trafficking Group presented on the Western Slope Initiative, a task force that has aimed to pass legislation impacting forced labor conditions, particularly those faced by sheepherders. Tom also highlighted recent positive collaborative efforts between police and the immigrant community in Western Colorado, paying tribute to the Western Slope Latino Chamber of Commerce (LELA).
  4. Denver Anti-Trafficking Alliance’s Becky Bullard outlined DATA’s committees, which include demand reduction, membership, victim services, juvenile sex trafficking, and training and education, among others.

Other council members also presented on their work, including Cara Morian of the Arapahoe County Human Trafficking Task Force; Lynn Johnson, Katie Kurtz, and Don Moseley of the Jefferson Country Human Trafficking Committee; and Anne Darr of the Front Range Anti-Trafficking Coalition.

Human Trafficking Council Meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. The next Council meeting is Friday, January 23. The meeting location is currently undetermined but will take place over the course of the full day.

 

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