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Human trafficking of youth and young adults in Colorado

Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking
Presented by:
Kara Napolitano, Research and Training Manager, Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking
Yolanda Arredondo, Hotline Specialist, Child Protection Services Unit, Colorado Department of Human Services
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This training will explore root causes of the crime of trafficking and the myriad of intersecting identities, vulnerabilities, and social and systemic inequalities that can lead to trafficking in Colorado. It will also help participants to understand the behavioral cues of someone who has experienced the complex trauma that human trafficking inflicts on survivors. Understanding root causes and complex trauma is key to recognizing the crime in its many forms. Youth and young adults hold specific vulnerabilities directly tied to their identity. These vulnerabilities connect to age, adult authority relationships, access to economics, sexual and gender identity, race, color, education, etc. This training will focus on youth-specific vulnerabilities as well as red flags and behavioral cues that may indicate exploitation. We will then explore Colorado laws, mandatory reporting, and protocols around exploitation of youth.