I served alongside of the change agents (staff, interns, board) at the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking over the summer as their Community Engagement intern. My experience at LCHT far surpassed my expectations. Their commitment to creating and reinforcing just systems is evidenced through their holistic, big picture, approach to social change. The LCHT team understands the connection between compassion, knowledge, grassroots actions and comprehensive research. LCHT understands each member of their broader community as being a valuable asset with lived experience that they transform into applied knowledge that can be used as a tool to end human trafficking. My connection to the LCHT family will not end after my internship, because I am impressed by, and share, their values, commitment to feminist ethics, holistic actions, and comprehensive and inclusionary practices. -H. Brydie HarrisMaster of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics, ‘17Iliff School of Theology
The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking is an incredible organization. As a student who grew up in a small, conservative town, interning with LCHT opened my eyes and mind to the crime of human trafficking, and that it happens even in my state. LCHT shines a light on human trafficking while helping us look at the crime in a different way, so that we can all take part in ending this terrible crime.
I became connected with the LCHT in a class I took at MSU Denver, taught by Mary Durant and AJ Alejano-Steele. As I get to know my two professors and the work they continue to do, the more it becomes clear that LCHT's contributions to the anti-trafficking work being done promot Colorado's engagement in the anti-trafficking movement. Not only does LCHT center on survivors, but they aspire to collaborate with other organizations, and sectors, plus create future community leaders with their internship program. LCHT sits on task forces, manage the state's human trafficking hotline, and trains the community on the crime of human trafficking. The work they do in the community is invaluable and I love having the opportunity to intern at this great organization.
LCHT is an organization making a true difference in the anti-trafficking movement through research and thoughtful leadership. The Colorado Project is ground-breaking work that produced the Colorado Action Plan, which includes more than two dozen successful strategies for Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Partnership to combat human trafficking in Colorado communities. We are actively working to collaborate with the many working in this area to implement the Action Plan across the state.
With lean operations, 90 cents on every dollar donated to LCHT goes directly to research, training, Action Plan implementation and hotline operations.
As an intern at LCHT and a graduate student I have been able to see firsthand some of the amazing work the organization does. I appreciate their dedication to reliable, methodologically sound research, as well as their efforts to bring together the various sectors of the movement. LCHT is a shining example of a community based, victim-centered anti-human trafficking organization and I am excited to see the Colorado Project and its Action Plan evolve over the years to come. The organization may be small but its impact is significant, and just what the human trafficking movement needs.
The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking is a leading edge organization focused on understanding and eliminating human trafficking at the community level. The founders are known for their work in the HT movement and are sought out by international, national and local organizations as subject matter experts.
LCHT is a thoughtful and intentional organization that is a true asset for Colorado and the nation. The Colorado Project was executed exceptionally well, and that, along with the team's high integrity, is what attracted me to the organization. With the addition of great new talent, they are taking the implementation of the Action Plan to the next level. This only happens with standout leadership, and AJ and Amanda have demonstrated that consistently through the years.
I began my work with LCHT as a volunteer, after looking for ways to get involved in the local anti-human trafficking movement. I assisted with research projects for this community-based research organization, and have also served as a hotline volunteer. My current role as a Board member continues to provide me with meaningful opportunities to participate in LCHT's quest to eradicate human trafficking in Colorado. LCHT’s focus on collaboration with other anti-trafficking organizations has made them a nationally-recognized and respected leader in this field. LCHT’s training of over 25,000 first responders, law enforcement, medical providers and community members has raised awareness of this issue across Colorado and inspired many more to join our movement.
The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking has been a fantastic support for me as a hotline advocate on the statewide trafficking hotline, a researcher, and a member of their leadership development program. The program allowed me to participate in a meaningful way, giving me both long lasting relationships in the field and work skills that have assisted my professional development a great deal. Survivor informed, collaborative to the core and research driven, they are invaluable in the fight against human trafficking in Colorado.
As a survivor, I am deeply moved by the time and commitment lcht offered me in leadership and professional development skills. Their approach to the crime of human trafficking is inclusive of all the complexities of the crime coupled with solid skills to inform and engage others to mobilize the movement. Very honored to be apart of this organization.