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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.