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Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: To inform social change that eliminates human exploitation.

Target demographics: Community advocates and professionals working to address human trafficking through prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnership

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,500 people. These included a mix of service providers, educators, academic professionals, faith-based organizations, law enforcement professionals, government agencies, community members, students, survivors, and other individuals with lived experience across parallel issues.

Geographic areas served: Colorado

Programs: Training & Education, Community-Based Research, Leadership Development, and operating Colorado's 24/7 Human Trafficking Hotline and Resource Directory.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1 cassandranason

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Scott W.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 josolonika

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization. Takes survivors input foremost.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking is an incredibly impressive organization with the vision to end human trafficking. A few years ago, I was looking to connect with an organization that focused on ending this atrocity in an effective way that used both data and survivor perspectives. I was immediately drawn to LCHT's research-based approach - they look to data and facts - and also that it is respectful of the people who have been trafficked, knowing that their valuable insights provide the greatest guides. LCHT understands intersection thinking, that systems built to oppress are interconnected - impossible to examine separate from one another - and uses that approach since it is the only way toward a meaningful and lasting resolution. I am incredibly proud to be a board member of this remarkable organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Kim

Mar D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Mia A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Dave R.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!
Thanks!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a Board member of LCHT, so some might think I am totally biased toward the organization. Having said that, I joined this Board and stay on it because I can see - daily - that this is an organization that does top level work in combating the heinous crime of both sex and labor HT. The people associated with LCHT are smart about the topic, hold the highest integrity, and are most sensitive to the issues of survivors. LCHT is genuinely making contributions to eventually eradicate human trafficking!

Advisor

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Sheba M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Pallie K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Chloe T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Qing S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.