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Job Opening!

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The State of Colorado is looking for a contract employee that would be able to do 101 training and education in the NW quadrant of Colorado. The grant expires Sept 30, 2021 so a student that could use the income or an agency that would be able to give this to a staff member, etc. would work great.

If you are or know of someone that could become THE anti-trafficking trainer for NW Colorado, please call Beth Klein. This is a paid gig!

How great is this?

October 16 Meeting – Roaring Fork

Just a reminder that we are going to hold our second Anti-Human Trafficking Meeting at the Third Street Center in Carbondale 9 – 11 am on October 16th. Invite your friends and colleagues!

Survey results can be accessed at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-BJG5P39Q7/ This currently shows our priorities as supporting law enforcement, schools and youth. If you haven’t completed the survey, please do so that we can tap all of the brain power in this group. It takes 3 minutes.

Our Agenda:

Introductions and Opportunity to Make New Friends

Review Community Survey –

Updates on Current Prosecutions/ Stings / Projects Needed Volunteers and Help:

  1. 2020 Summit – Angela Roff
  2. Yampa Mountain High Generosity Project – students Max and Jaqueline will introduce the project to help at risk kids on the street.
  3. Trauma Informed Teacher Training – “Handle with Care” and introductions to models for law enforcement/ school partnerships with solid community support.
  4. Medical Provider Training
  5. Update on Goode Prosecution and Sting Operations
  6. What number should the Public and Mandatory Reporters call in this community if we need to report Human Trafficking?

Set Goals and Deadlines, Name our Group, Elect Leaders and Create Committees and Set future meetings.

Creating New Projects and Partnerships

Sign-ups for Current and New Programs

Gratitude/Adjourn


Beth Klein, Trial Attorney
Klein Frank, P.C. and Foundation
2505 Walnut St. Suite 100
Boulder, Colorado 80302

Formation of the Roaring Fork and Vail Valley Task Force

Attorneys Angela Roff and Beth Klein are spearheading the formation of the Roaring Fork and Vail Valley Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. Our initial meeting will take place in June 2019. We will use these topics to create the the Task Force.

Function

  1. What would you like your partnership to do?
    • Provide strategic co-ordination for anti-slavery work in your area?
    • Provide operational coordination for anti-slavery work in your area?
    • Share information and resources?
    • Increase understanding of the nature and scale of modern slavery in your area?
    • Involve the wider community in anti-slavery activity?These different functions involve different types of partners and methods of engagement. For a partnership to function effectively and understand its priorities, it needs to have a clear idea of what the threat looks like in the local area.

Membership

  1. Have you considered inviting the following organisations?
    • Police
    • Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
    • Local Authority services (e.g. Adult and Children’s Social Services, Local Authority Safeguarding Leads, Housing, Resilience and Emergency planning, Environmental Health)
    • Fire and Rescue Services
    • Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA)
    • Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
    • NHS
    • Immigration Enforcement/CFI
    • Probation
    • HMRC
    • Border Force
    • Trading Standards
    • Faith representatives
    • National NGOs with local representation (e.g. Red Cross, Salvation Army)
    • Local NGOs working on relevant areas.
    • Business partners such as the local Chamber of Commerce
  2. How will your partnership engage with modern slavery survivors?
  3. How will you engage with the private sector?
  4. Are there existing partnerships/networks in your area or region that you should link with?

Governance

  1. Do you have Terms of Reference for the partnership (including expectations for member input, meeting frequency, and a dispute resolution process)?
  2. Who will co-ordinate the work of the partnership? Will a sole member coordinate the partnership or can this role be shared?
  3. Are information-sharing agreements in place between members?
  4. Are partners putting Modern Slavery transparency agreements in place?
  5. Do partners have procurement and commissioning policies in place?

Resourcing

  1. Have you thought about different funding sources that may be available to the partnership? Consider:
    • grant funding for specific projects
    • funding from statutory sources such as your Police and Crime Commissioner
    • pooled budgets
    • philanthropic funding
  2. What in-kind resources are available to the partnership? (consider offers of staff resources, student placements, loans of property assets, skills offers from NGOs and businesses.)

Strategy and action planning

  1. Have you developed a strategy for the work of the partnership?
  2. Do you have an action plan?
  3. Are you planning work on awareness raising?
  4. Are you planning work to support victims and survivors?
  5. How will you monitor and evaluate the work of the partnership?

ABA Training Victim’s Rights

Attorneys are critical to safeguarding and advancing the rights of the most vulnerable in our communities. 

Attorney Beth Klein will be co-presenting at the American Bar Association (ABA) “Legal Rights and Needs: How Attorneys Can Help Human Trafficking Victims”

Jul 29, 2019 1 PM EDT

The panel of national human trafficking experts includes:

Beth Klein Boulder Attorney ABA Training

• Martina Vandenberg / Human Trafficking Legal Centert / Washington, DC

• Beth Klein / Attorney / Klein & Frank /  Boulder, CO

• Marianna Kosharovsky / Executive Director/ ALIGHT / Denver, CO

• Jamie Duitz Quient / Free to Thrive / San Diego, CA

Topics covered include: Sex and Labor Trafficking: Federal and State Law Basics, The Array of Legal Needs of Human Trafficking Survivors, Civil Litigation in State Courts, What Lawyers Can Do to Get Involved in Anti-Trafficking Work and Tips for Attorneys Working with Human Trafficking Survivors.

Time: July 29th at 11am MT / 1pm ET.

Register here.

National and global leaders have called for stronger efforts to combat and prevent human trafficking. This program will provide insight for attorneys seeking to support survivors, safeguard their rights, and advocate for consistent government response. Learn how you can be involved.

The ABA will seek 1.50 CLE general credit hours in 60-minute-hour states, and 1.80 general credit hours of CLE credit for this program in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking

For years, the Klein Frank Foundation President, Beth Klein, an attorney in Boulder has been urging the use of compassionate juvenile assessment tools to identify young victims of human trafficking.  And now, these tools are being used by law enforcement and social workers very effectively.

In the 18th Judicial District in Colorado Handle With Care is a trauma-informed collaboration between local law enforcement, schools and the Juvenile Assessment Center in Douglas County.    The HWC supports children exposed to trauma and violence through improved communication and community collaboration. 

Handle with Care provides the school or child care agency with a “heads up” when a child has been identified at the scene of a traumatic event such as a meth lab operation, domestic violence, shootings, witnessing violent crime.  A message is sent that says “Handle Johnny with  care.” to flag the child.

Now, teachers are being trained about the impact of trauma on a child’s life and daily supporting interventions are implemented.  Providing for rest, a “good-day/bad-day” check in, postponing testing, therapy dogs, are used to help kids cope with their past experiences.  Kids are tracked, and care is integrated into their lives.

When a student continues to struggle with behavioral or emotional problems, the counselor or principal can refer the case to the Juvenile Assessment Center.  The center employees licensed clinicians to complete family interviews and assessments.  After the data is collected, the clinician meets with the youth one on one using motivational interviewing to gather the detail of the stressors in the child’s life.  Then, the JAC can make evidence based referrals and recommendations to bring effective resources and support to the child.

There is no question that the JAC prevents kids at risk from becoming victims of human trafficking.  And with the new assessment tools designed specifically to identify victims, our state is becoming far stronger in ending this scourge.

Be The One!

From Tom Jackman of the Washington Post Jan. 30, 2018:

“Though the scourge of child sex trafficking may seem like an intractable problem, a program designed by a state trooper in Texas has shown real results: hundreds of children rescued, and hundreds of pimps and kidnappers arrested, by patrol officers on mostly routine traffic stops, both in Texas and other states where it has been taught.

Now Congress wants to spread that program nationwide. A bipartisan group of senators and Congress members introduced a bill Tuesday to fund the Interdiction for the Protection of Children program as a pilot project, training federal, state, local and tribal officers in how to spot possible trafficking victims and collecting data that will measure the program’s effectiveness.

The program was created in 2009 by an officer in the Texas Department of Public Safety, Derek Prestridge, who realized there was no real training for officers to identify missing, exploited or at-risk children when they’re encountered on the street. Prestridge also realized that, while police agencies keep track of drunken-driving stops and drug seizures, no one was tracking the number of child rescues made by police, he told The Washington Post last yaer.

Prestridge and others in the Texas DPS then built a training course that taught troopers behavioral and physical indicators that a child, or adult, might be involved in trafficking. Does the child look to others before answering questions? Do they know where they’re going or where they’ve been? Do they have large amounts of cash or prepaid phone cards, hotel keys, sex paraphernalia or slips of paper with phone numbers and dollar amounts? All are potential signs that a child is being exploited.

Prestridge began the training in 2009, and Texas soon began logging child rescue; there were more than 140 in the first five years. Word of the program spread through law enforcement, and Prestridge began training officers in other states. Arizona has begun racking up dozens of child rescues annually, officials there said. As the training slowly spread, officers related stories of how they had stopped cars or encountered traffickers previously, but missed the signs and released the captor and their captive. The U.S. Marshals Service took an interest, forming a Missing Child Unit in 2015, and helped push Prestridge’s training.

But funding for the training beyond that done by Prestridge was lacking. Then last year, an article in The Washington Post Magazine detailed the success of the program and the need for more funding and training. That caught the eye of legislators, particularly Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and they began doing the legwork to put together the bill that was introduced Tuesday in the Senate. A companion bill in the Housealso was introduced by Reps. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.) and Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.).

[Read the Senate bill to fund training for police to identify child trafficking]

“I’m afraid there’s human trafficking going on out there,” said Cornyn, a former state attorney general, “that most people are not trained to identify. And many times the victim, often a runaway, doesn’t realize they’re a victim until it’s too late.” He said Prestridge was crucial in “helping us identify suspicious behaviors and devising protocols for interactions with potential child victims.”

“If this training becomes routine, we could be saving thousands of children.” Prestridge told The Post last year. The Texas Department of Public Safety declined to discuss the program Wednesday.

Cortez Masto, also a former state attorney general, said that “the first time some of the kids have interaction with somebody is going to be with a police officer on the street. That is key. How that police officer interacts with the kid is so important.” The Nevada senator also worked as an assistant prosecutor in Washington, D.C., and said when she worked prostitution cases, she found that “some of them are victims of sex trafficking at a young age, and they had just graduated” to adult street work. “The key is that first identification” to remove them from the streets, Cortez Masto said.

The bill, titled the Interdiction for the Protection of Child Victims of Exploitation and Human Trafficking Act, assigns responsibility for funding and managing the national training to the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Cornyn said funds already allocated to the department through court-ordered restitution in criminal cases can be used for the training, and Cortez Masto noted there should also be funding for the treatment of victims after a trafficker is arrested.

Western Colorado Anti-Trafficking Conference

The Klein Frank Foundation is requesting your participation in its January 11, 2019 Western Colorado Anti-Trafficking Conference.  We are seeking speakers to educate law enforcement, educators, healthcare providers and the community on the 3P’s of Anti-Human Trafficking:

  1. Prosecution of perpetrators of human trafficking.
  2. Prevention of human trafficking.
  3. Protection of the victims of human trafficking.

Contact Beth Klein at the Klein Frank Foundation 303-448-8884 to learn more details.

Beth Klein Boulder Attorney

Boulder-Based Attorney and Award-Winning Activist

Drawing upon more than 30 years of legal experience, Beth Klein is a Boulder, Colorado-based commercial litigation and personal injury attorney who has managed her own firm since 1993. During this time, Beth Klein has tried cases throughout the United States and won millions of dollars on behalf of her clients. She has been recognized among the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Colorado and Top 500 Plaintiffs’ Lawyers in the United States.

Throughout her career, Beth Klein has been a fervent supporter of victims of human trafficking. In addition to representing these individuals, she authored the state of Colorado’s anti-human trafficking laws in 2010 and 2011 following consultation with numerous states and countries. Her work in that regard helped her earn the Georgia Imhoff Activist Award and become a finalist for the CNN Hero Award.  She earned her juris doctor from the University of Denver and conducts leadership trainings.

Coming for Backpage!

la-1523054273-y237880tkz-snap-imageLet the charges and civil suits begin!

Seven people have been indicted on 93 counts of several different crimes related to the classifieds website, Backpage.com. The crimes include money laundering and running a website to facilitate prostitution.   The FBI confirmed Friday that agents raided the Sedona home of Michael Lacey, the founder of Backpage.com.

The website has been seized and shut down by the FBI.  The FBI seized the website because it was allegedly being used to facilitate crime. The FBI has done this before with other sex trafficking websites and online pharmacies.

There are 17 victims named in the documents who are both adults and children who say they were forced into sex trafficking.   The charges were filed in Arizona because the website was founded and is maintained here and it’s also where Backpage.com’s servers are located.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) says almost every single sex trafficking case involves online ads, mostly from Backpage.com.

According to the DOJ, the biggest issue with these websites is that it facilitates sex trafficking for people who would have been to sheepish to pursue sex on the streets, especially to look for children.

There have been previous cases against Backpage.com that were thrown out because to Communications Decency Act, despite its name, granted complete immunity to vitual pimps like Backpage.  The DOJ says the site has earned $500 million in revenue from prostitution since it was created.

report released by a U.S. Senate subcommittee in early 2017 stated that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children‘s data indicates that 73 percent of the child-trafficking reports it receives were related to Backpage.com.  Site executives say they are protected by the Communications Decency Act which regulates pornographic material on the internet. Executives argue that the law states internet publishers cannot be held liable for content created by third parties.  But investigators say the site lost that protection when they alerted posters to key terms related to child sex trafficking. Investigators found proof of these alerts in internal Backpage.com documents.

The site even gave the third party posters a chance to rephrase their ads so they wouldn’t be flagged for child sex trafficking. Some of the terms Backpage.com admins told posters not to use include “Lolita,” young, teenager and even “Amber Alert.”

The site’s CEO, Carl Ferrer was arrested in late 2016 on pimping charges.

Ferrer and other executives went before a Senate investigation committee in 2017 where they all invoked the fifth amendment. The charges against Ferrer were eventually dismissed.

Backpage has no immunity to protect it from civil suit for the injuries and suffering that it caused.  Klein Frank, P.C. is in the process of filing cases for clients who were minor and who were bought and sold on this malicious website.