Vision: The end of human trafficking.
Mission: To inform social change that eliminates human exploitation.
Human trafficking is one of the most egregious violations of human rights today. Because of its covert nature, this crime goes unnoticed or misunderstood in the United States, leaving an untold number of victims without the services they desperately need. LCHT's mission is to inform social change that eliminates human exploitation.
Since 2005, we have trained over 27,000 professionals and community members; conducted three major research projects to drive action and inform policy change; assumed administration of the statewide 24/7 human trafficking hotline; and supported 130 interns as future human rights leaders. Our past work has identified promising practices to prevent trafficking, protect victims, prosecute criminals, and support partnerships across Colorado and beyond.
In 2018, LCHT continues to play a lead role in informing the anti-trafficking movement. Our training and education fosters community awareness around the state, and we have forged new partnerships with professionals in the child welfare and health sectors. We continue to manage and develop a statewide resource directory in support of our 24/7 hotline, which received a record number of calls in 2017. Later this year, LCHT will begom to roll out finidnings from Clorado Project 2.0, it is the replication of the original Colorado Project process at its 5-year mark. CP2.0 will include survey dissemination statewide of the 3Ps (prevention, protection, partnership), focus groups and interviews in 24 communities across the state, data analysis, an update to the Colorado Action Plan, and dissemination of findings to partners and stakeholders. The project will measure progress towards long-term goals to more efficiently and effectively focus responses to human trafficking. We're proud to be able to do all of this work alongside aspiring future human rights leaders in our Leadership Development Program!
"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
"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." -Amanda Gall, LCHT Board Member
"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." Health Professional, Denver
"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." -Kristy Kumar, LCHT Board Member