Recommendations from the Colorado Project on Human Trafficking

The Denver-based Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT) has released in the Colorado Project fourteen recommendations to strengthen Colorado’s response to human trafficking.

The recommendations are:

Prevention

1. Create strategic statewide human trafficking public awareness and prevention campaign(s) targeting populations that may be vulnerable to human trafficking.

2. Increase the probability of effective prevention efforts.

3. Encourage private sector participation in human trafficking prevention efforts such as through the monitoring of supply chains as well as adoption of existing private sector efforts.

Protection

4. Create a cultural shift among and between law enforcement and service providers in anti-human trafficking efforts.

5. Create a comprehensive and streamlined practice of working together across public and nonpublic agencies to address trafficking survivor service needs.

6. Increase education and networking among service providers throughout Colorado and across service areas of expertise to serve human trafficking survivors through increased membership in the Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking (CoNEHT), the statewide victim services network.

Prosecution

7. Form a statewide cohesive prosecutorial group (including law enforcement, prosecutors and judges) focusing on all forms of human trafficking.

8. Create shift in prosecutorial mindset to prioritize human trafficking with the support of public awareness initiatives and successful prosecutions throughout the state.

9. Develop system-wide protocols to increase victim-centered and evidence-based cases.

10. Consult “model” legislation and legislative efforts in other states.

Partnerships

11. Provide an opportunity for collective learning, support, and action by encouraging leaders from community-based efforts to join existing statewide coalitions (e.g. the Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking (CoNEHT)).

12. Cultivate awareness and concern for the issue of human trafficking in communities across the state.

13. Encourage the development and/or growth of locally organized response groups (i.e. task forces, coalitions, alliances).

14. Encourage collaborative anti-trafficking and allied efforts at both the local and state levels to set processes for communication and conflict management that cultivate a culture of openness.

Learn more at Melanie Asmar’s Denver Westword article: Human trafficking report: Fourteen ideas for improving Colorado’s response.

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