Human Trafficking in Colorado: Intersections with Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence
This presentation explores root causes of the crime of trafficking and the myriad of intersecting identities, vulnerabilities, and social and systemic inequalities that can lead to trafficking. It helps victim service providers, advocates and first responders to understand the behavioral cues of someone who has experienced the complex trauma that often accompanies a human trafficking experience. Understanding root causes and complex trauma is key to recognizing the crime in its many forms. This presentation equips service providers, advocates and first responders with the tools they need to identify and effectively provide appropriate and compassionate care for victims and survivors of human trafficking, even when this is not their official mandate, as these experiences are often inseparable and/or co-occurring. It provides suggested protocols, legal guidance, and local resources so that victims may receive comprehensive services.