FRAC Meeting Minutes, Tuesday, August 16, 2016
I. Welcome/Introductions, Human Trafficking Program Manager, Maria Trujillo
II. Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force Updates, Sergeant Dan Steele, Denver Police Department Sgt. Steele informed the group that the RMILTF has recovered 58 juveniles from January to June, 2016. Among the notable trends are more recoveries of male youth However, he explained that the numbers of arrests are down from previous years due to the increase in MDTs forming across the Denver-metro area and those MDTs making many more requests for interviews with those they have identified as high-risk juveniles. Due to their own capacity limits this has forced the task force to focus more attention to these interviews rather than making arrests of traffickers. It is a workload shift that needs to be examined.
III. Colorado Trafficking & Organized Crime Coalition (CTOCC) Updates No update was provided as a CTOCC representative was absent. IV. Colorado Human Trafficking Council Updates Maria Trujillo, CHTC Program Manager Ms. Trujillo informed the group that the Council is entering the end of their year where they make final recommendations for its 2016 report to the General Assembly. The Council’s three task forces have made steady progress and have final work products to present to the Council at their August 26th meeting. The Training Task Force has completed the development of a HT 101 Core Training Curriculum and Facilitator’s Guide, which is a two hour program. They are currently working on finalizing a Law Enforcement training program. The Standards Task Force has completed the developed of standards for Community Based Victim Advocates and Mental/Behavioral Health Providers. The Data and Research Task force is working on developing a prosecution survey to better understand the awareness-level prosecutors have on human trafficking and the new statutes, the tools and resources they use to prosecute a case as well as the partnerships they developed in their community in order to be successful with human trafficking case. Ms. Trujillo invited everyone to attend the August 26th meeting and informed the group that this would be a good meeting to attend as all the Task Forces will be presenting their final work products and recommendations to the Council. The meeting begins at 9am and takes place at the Jefferson County Human Services Bldg (900 Jefferson County Parkway) V. Featured Presenter: A Discussion of the Colorado Project’s Action Plan Launch, Mary Durant, Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking Ms. Durant provided a brief history of the Colorado Project, its main objectives and the overall outcomes, which primarily led to the development of the Action Plan Ms. Durant explained that the Action Plan is a blueprint for the state on how to combat human trafficking collaboratively and the components of the Action Plan are divided by the 4P model. In total the Action Plan provides 14 recommendations with 48 activities. Ms. Durant provided an example of a recommendation under each of the 4Ps. The purpose of the Action Plan launch is to be able to catalogue the work that people are doing across and/or want to do that fall under the Action Plan. Ms. Durant explained that not only do they want to know what folks are doing but how they are doing it. They will collect all this information and provide an annual report of their findings. The official Action Plan launch will take place on October 20th at 5 sites: Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Boulder and Greeley. VII. Partnerships: Each representative made their respective announcements. For more information, please contact directly.