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Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Community
  • Crisis Support
  • Emergency & Safety
  • Justice & Legal

Location

1031 33rd StreetDenver, CO 80205 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To inform social change that eliminates human exploitation.

Description

Organized responses to human trafficking are relatively new and the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT) has become a leader in this effort over the past 13 years. In 2005, our organization formed as a state chapter of the Polaris Project, a nationally recognized anti-trafficking organization. With the support of a small group of dedicated volunteers, we enhanced local anti-trafficking efforts by raising public awareness and facilitating professional trainings. In 2009, in order to establish our work at the forefront of Colorado's anti-trafficking movement, we transitioned to an independent 501(c)3 called the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. We deliberately chose to describe ourselves as a laboratory to reflect our understanding of the need to incorporate a mix of ideas, with input from multiple sectors, to adequately understand and address the problem. We now focus our work in multiple areas including research to inform coordinated state-wide efforts, training of those personnel in positions to detect and/or serve victims of trafficking, education to raise public awareness, oversight of Colorado’s human trafficking hotline, and development of future leaders in human rights fields.

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