LCHT is an outstanding organization that upholds the best ideals of non-profit stewardship and service - meaningful, intentional, data-driven, and outcome-oriented investment in the local community and the development of replicable models that hope to end the scourge of human trafficking not just in Colorado, but everywhere it exists. I am honored to be part of this organization, and its on-the-ground, in-the-trenches work to combat this crime and support survivors could not be more necessary at this moment in history. This is, truly, a Great Nonprofit.
LCHT is an organization composed of passionate people doing compelling and amazing work. I was fortunate enough to have been able to participate in its Leadership Development Program. The survivor centered, data driven approach is informative and instructive, as well as inspirational; the staff and volunteers are dedicated to doing their part in a highly complex and emotionally charged field. Everyone I met and worked with was individually driven to community action. This is an organization where questions and ideas are encouraged so all may learn and the organization grow.
Volunteering on the hotline with LCHT has allowed me to play a part in ending human trafficking – a seemingly insurmountable task, yet LCHT is committed to working themselves out of a job. They do their work with great compassion, collaboration across differences, thoughtfully researched best practices, and incredible leadership in the field.
Couldn’t be more proud of an org using research and data informed practices to work toward ending human trafficking. Great place to connect to see a nonprofit live up to their values.
LCHT is a cutting-edge, research driven, and community led non-profit working to end trafficking in Colorado. They are thoughtful to needs, concerns, and challenges in the work while maintaining positive energy toward social change. It is an absolutely exceptional organization making an impact in the lives of survivors, families, and our community.
I've been volunteering with this group for a little over a year. LCHT is run by well-informed individuals passionate about making macro and micro level changes to combat human trafficking in Colorado. The most impressive aspect of this group is their prioritization of the experience and autonomy of survivors, not what they read in academic journals or hear from policy makers. I believe that the world would be a better place if more NGOs (and aid organizations) framed their mandates in this way. I am so grateful to be involved.
This organization works hard to consider the individual needs of survivors and includes the input of survivors in all aspects of their work.
Beyond that, the volunteers and board members are a committed group who are a genuine pleasure to work with.
As the co-founder of the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, I have had the honor of working with an exceptional co-founder and phenomenal board members and staff along our journey. Nowhere else will you find a team and programs dedicated to human rights and equity, shored up with a steadfast commitment to ending exploitation. This organization has thoughtful values, necessary critical thinking lenses and a comprehensive approach to support communities to end human trafficking. Take a close look at LCHT's programs to see the ways in which we demonstrate measurable change--moving the needle to create safer communities free from human trafficking.
I have served on several Boards and have been on this one for about four years. LCHT is above and beyond the others in that it is an organization of great integrity that makes valuable contributions to undertstanding human trafficking and ending human exploitation. I am sooo proud of the work LCHT does!
I have served on several boards in the past and can say unequivocally that the LCHT organization is top notch. Staff memebers are bright, committed to eradicating human trafficking, and verrrrry competent. Whatever they decide to do, they do it thoughtflly and with high quality. I most appreciate and support the underlying values of the staff/organization; specifically, they are very attuned to the human aspects of issues relating to human trafficking and treat survivors with respect, integrity, and care. They make every effort not to sensationalize reporting on the crime - this in their research, when writing about human trafficking, and when giving interviews. I have learned a lot about this crime since the beginning of my affiliaton with LCHT: I have also become a better human being. LCHT is the gold standard on the topic of human trafficking.
I have had the privilege of serving on the Board of LCHT for 7 years. The organization continues to focus on eliminating the crime of human trafficking and staying true to its mission and values. The staff operates at the highest level of integrity. Our face-to-face training brings aware to the community and provides the necessary tools for healthcare employees. Our hotline, staffed by volunteers, serves those impacted by this crime. Our research is conducted with the highest level of academic rigor. The organization is well positioned now and will continue to be a significant voice in eliminating human trafficking.
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.
Great organization. Takes survivors input foremost, which is crucial. Thoughtful and dedicated, with a great deal of passion and commitment from the staff, volunteers, interns and board members. So pleased and humbled to serve on their board.
Great organization. Takes survivors input foremost.
“LCHT is a wonderful organization! LCHT is paying close attention to the vulnerabilities that oppressive systems create and using data driven, fact based research to lead conversations that produce lasting change. Let’s eradicate exploitation together!
I'm so proud to work with LCHT in their data-driven quest to eliminate human trafficking in Colorado and beyond. Their survivor-informed, partnership-focused model is unique and an essential tool in their mission to inform social change that ends human exploitation. LCHT's trainings bring awareness and guidance to medical professionals, first responders, child welfare workers, and citizens. LCHT also manages the 24/7 Colorado Human Trafficking Hotline to connect individuals experiencing exploitation with resources, take potential human trafficking tips from the public, and provide service providers with referral resources.
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.
LCHT is an outstanding nonprofit organization that is vital to fighting the crime of Human Trafficking in and outside of Colorado. The staff and board operate with the highest levels of integrity and I am honored to be part of this organization.
I am exceptionally proud of the profound work LCHT does to end human exploitation. Whether it is training hundreds of people in the child welfare and healthcare fields, writing papers to share the research of Colorado Project 2.0, revamping our Leadership Development Program or expanding the Colorado Hotline abilities with a text line and online resource guide, our staff, Board and volunteers are making a real difference. We are also finding new ways to implement our work amidst a global pandemic. I am grateful to be part of this organization and its efforts to end the horrible crime of human trafficking.
The time I spent at LCHT in various roles has given me the perspective and tools I will need for a career in human rights advocacy and research. The organization is exceptional in its research-driven and trauma-informed approach to everything it does, and the work it is doing is making a very real, tangible difference in the community. Each and every member of the organization I have interacted with are driven by the singular goal of addressing the complex issue of human trafficking in a thoughtful, considered, evidence-based manner. I have never been involved with an organization that is so thoroughly devoted to its values and mission.
I've directly supported LCHT for several years because I believe they are doing important work on human trafficking. There are very few organizations that understand this issue in Colorado like LCHT, and they are helping organizations and people around our state understand trafficking and take action to help end it.
The issue of human trafficking and the reality that exists in Colorado and the U.S. has come to my attention over the last few years. The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking does important work to research how this crime effects local communities and vulnerable populations. As and educator and a mother, I’m grateful for their work to raise public awareness, train professionals, and connect survivors to the resources they need most.
It has been a real honor to have worked with LCHT. Their staff is top-notch and their approach to anti-human trafficking work is incredibly thoughtful, well planned, and executed at a high level. They will continue to do amazing work as other non-profits in the field come and go.
~Erika Church, Executive Director of the Buck Foundation
I am grateful for Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking's contribution to the anti human trafficking movement here in Colorado! As a research intern, I saw the impact of their survivor-centered research studies and training sessions. This NGO is equipping people in law, healthcare, mental health services, education, and child welfare to effectively combat human trafficking in their own communities through participating in Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Partnership strategies. Their leadership development program deeply challenges rising social justice leaders to serve the movement with humility, creativity, excellence, and compassion. I have a lot more to learn from LCHT!
LCHT is in it for the long haul. They have long term goals and missions to make a lasting difference in our community. I really appreciate how they research data over long periods of time and then thoughtfully apply this data to ensure safety for all in Colorado. I feel confident that when I donate money and time to this organization, it is spent wisely.
I participated in LCHT's Leadership Development Program as a Community Engagement intern while pursuing my MSW during the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019. My time at LCHT far exceeded my expectations. In my six years in the nonprofit and service sector, I have never worked with an organization so dedicated to their values and evidence-based efforts. Every staff member was unconditionally supportive during my time at LCHT. They not only teach compassionate leadership, but demonstrate it in their work. Their Leadership Development Program enhanced my understanding of human trafficking, victimization, survivorship, intersectionality, and exploitation, as well as developed my advocacy, critical thinking, and leadership skills. I highly recommend LCHT's Leadership Development Program and am so grateful to them for supporting my growth as a professional and preparing me to work in the anti-trafficking movement.
I joined the Leadership Program at LCHT in the spring of 2019. During my time there I was fortunate to have gone to many trainings and saw how carefully and professionally the challenging topic of human trafficking is presented to various audiences. I saw presentations provided to many social service organizations, ER medical staff, refugee services employees, and youth groups to name a few. Additionally, I saw first hand how a small and impactful non-profit organization functions and how it interacts with and positively impacts the community. The staff at LCHT is awesome and entirely welcoming. I am very grateful to have been part of this organization. The work done at LCHT is so important.
It's the staff, interns, and volunteers that make LCHT the exceptional anti-human trafficking organization that it is today. This group is smart, mission-focused, research- and community-oriented and is making an impact in ending human trafficking. Our world will look different - better! - because of the work of LCHT.
My time in the leadership development program as a community engagement intern with LCHT was more than I could have asked for. They are one of the only non-profit organizations that offer non-traditional intern positions and focus on their interns needs and goals. Everything I experienced was done with intention and they truly cared for my personal growth as a leader. There stance in the anti-trafficking movement is authentic and transparent. They hold true to their values and ensure interdisciplinary responses, in depth research, inclusiveness and hold space for each other which is rare in any organization, but crucial for the work they do.
They run the national hotline that is available 24/7 and they have trained over 30,000 people (including, but not limited too first responders, judges, healthcare professionals, other non-profits, shelters, at risk youth, etc.) LCHT’s statewide Action Plan is informed by extensive research and designed for communities across Colorado to combat trafficking and support survivors.
I can’t say enough about LCHT and the amazing work they do.
Thank you Mary, Craig, Kara & Amanda!
The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking gave me the tools which I use now every day when I tackle any part of my work. I appreciate all of the time and care that each member of the staff took to help mentor me through my time there. Each staff member supports your own specific goals even if it takes a large amount of their time because they are invested in each one of their leadership development candidates!
LCHT’s survivor-informed, data-driven approach to combating human trafficking is what makes them the leader in this arena. With their leadership and expertise, they have pushed through barriers and knocked down misconceptions about this crime all over the state. I am honored to work alongside LCHT with their efforts to spread awareness and develop survivor leadership programs. This team is the perfect demonstration of integrity, balance, expertise and compassion. It just doesn’t get any better than that!
The guidance Mary, through her work with this organization, provided to my office as we developed a framework to combat human trafficking in Rockford, Il was invaluable. We are currently utilizing the four “P” foundation as we move forward with formalizing a task force, goals and objectives, and I continue to look back to the Labratory’s model as we progress.
Jennifer Cacciapaglia, Manager, Mayor’s Office of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention.
As a health care professional I have experienced LCHT in their role of community and professional education and awareness raising. The highly professional staff is passionate about the work and dedicated to affecting change across all arenas in Colorado. They have the language to address this issue among community members, legislators, professionals and law enforcement. The work they do is beyond compare.
As a leadership development intern at LCHT, this organization has been instrumental in preparing me to work in this field after I graduate. I am constantly amazed and inspired by the staff here and the work they do.
I had a chance to work with the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking as a part of a webinar series that I coordinated. I am so impressed with their insightful and impactful approach to doing their work as well as their professionalism and passion!
LCHT creates awareness of human trafficking on so many fronts – the courts, the police, first responders, and health care providers, just to name a few. Their data-driven approach is powerful and truly changing lives. I am so inspired by what they have accomplished so far, and look forward to continuing to work with them on this extremely important human rights issue.
LCHT has a piece of my heart! I completed a research internship with LCHT this past summer and can attest that they hold true to their mission, "To inform social change that eliminates human exploitation." Not only that -- Amanda, Craig, and Mary invest in everyone they meet. They helped me figure out what aspect of the anti-trafficking movement I am truly passionate about and how I can help combat human trafficking.
My time as an intern at LCHT has allowed me the opportunity to simultaneously develop essential leadership skills for the non-profit sector while learning about and working in the growing anti-human trafficking movement in Colorado. I am extremely grateful to be a part of an organization that uniquely strives to be data-driven and survivor-informed in all its work. The time and effort that LCHT staff takes to invest in future leaders is inspiring and essential in creating lasting change - thank you for the chance to be a part of this organization!
I had a really great time when I was doing my internship with LCHT. Staffs are really nice, things they are doing mean a lot to the community, especially to the survivors. I learned a lot from them and I feel really honored that I had ever been part of them to help people and make our community better. If you do not want to miss something in your life, come join this wonderful team.
I joined the board of LCHT in 2013, inspired by the founders AJ and Amanda and their thoughtful and data-driven approach to addressing a challenging and complex issue. Since that time, the organization has continued to mature and expand it's impact both in Colorado and beyond. It truly is best-in-class and provides a unique and vital voice to making a difference in the understanding, and ultimately, elimination of human trafficking.
I have had the great honor to join LCHT as the Community Engagement Intern for the 2016-2017 year. LCHT is a unique non-profit. While their work is truly outstanding, it is their need for establishing meaningful relationships with everyone they meet that truly stands apart from the crowd. LCHT bridges the gap across sectors and between professionals and community members. They have an extensive network of nurtured relationships built on trust and understanding. LCHT encourages connections across the state so that passionate people can work together to make real social change. Their most powerful tools have been their knowledge and expertise and their ability to make everyone feel valued in their efforts. I am grateful to have been apart of such an organization and I am excited to work alongside them in their pursuit to end human trafficking.
With more than 12 years of experience working internationally to eliminate human trafficking, I recognized the indispensable need to address the problem at the local and community levels. As a crime largely invisible to the general public, human trafficking can be effectively stopped at those levels, though the need for national and international action remains. Joining LCHT's board seemed the best way to continue my previous efforts. No one is doing this better than LCHT. With its principled leadership and dedicated staff, it fills a vital function in the state of Colorado and serves as an excellent model for similar initiatives around the country and abroad.
I am honored to serve the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking as a Board member. LCHT conducts face-to-face training sessions to share its data and build consensus about what anti-trafficking actions are effective and what practices have proven best to care for survivors. This information is shared with community leaders, policy makers, health care providers, shelters, law enforcement agencies, and other academic professionals. As part of its community outreach efforts LCHT provides age-appropriate information for teachers and students at all levels. LCHT administers the Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking (CoNEHT), a 24/7 victim assistance hotline, and has a chair on the Governor’s Colorado Human Trafficking Council. LCHT is making Colorado a better place to live every day.
In my nearly three years with LCHT, I have been fortunate to hold many roles. I was an intern and hotline advocate, and now supervise the CoNEHT hotline. I also have the distinct honor of serving on their Board. LCHT's commitment to anti-oppressionist research and training surrounding human trafficking is unparalleled. They have seen tremendous growth over the years because they listen to and honor the experiences of the community, prioritizing service that is trauma informed and shaped by survivor voice. They build leaders in the anti-trafficking movement in astounding ways, and I feel privileged and humbled to be one of them.
LCHT's commitment to an intentional, survivor-centered, and trauma-informed praxis is both unparalleled and visionary. The team of change agents approaches anti-trafficking from a research lens that honors lived experiences and her/histories of struggles and resilience by connecting human trafficking to parallel anti-oppression movements. The LCHT Team draws from the strengths of local community to work alongside and in partnership with diverse stakeholders in envisioning a more equitable and just society. I'm proud to walk alongside them in this pursuit.
The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking is doing critical work towards ending human trafficking including community-based research, training first responders, educating the community, supporting partnerships between all sectors impacted by this crime, and by running the State hotline which provides support, connections to community resources, and information about trafficking. LCHT does amazing leadership development for interns and volunteers. The work LCHT has done through the Colorado Project has helped to put Colorado on the map as a leader in the movement to end this crime.
I am board member at this organization and really love the work that they do. I am also able to learn more about this issue and how to combat it.
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.
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 Harris
Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics, ‘17
Iliff School of Theology
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.
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.
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.