Callie’s Backyard Foundation has implemented a number of important programs that are still in place today through our partner agencies, including:
- A Federal Task Force to combat sex trafficking. In 2010, founder Jackie Long galvanized Denver Metro organizations, Denver police department & FBI, lawmakers, and government leaders to create Colorado’s first sex trafficking task force, now known as the FBI Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force. This task force has rescued more than 600 young people from trafficking rings since 2013.
- Providing substantial funding for local non-profits such as Attention Homes, Save Our Youth, and Urban Peak.
- Our food delivery van, launched in September of 2016. We delivered free sandwiches and highly vetted resource information cards while doing direct street outreach to homeless youth. Although we no longer have the food van since we moved to Aspen, the Denver Police Department still uses our methods and branding for outreach to victims of sex trafficking.