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.
President Trump’s executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees was put into immediate effect on Friday night. Fully vetted refugees who were airborne on flights on the way to the United States when the order was signed were stopped and detained at airports.
Legal challenges and a request for class action certification to release the detained refugees was filed. The complaints were filed by American Civil Liberties Union, the International Refugee Assistance Project at the Urban Justice Center, the National Immigration Law Center, Yale Law School’s Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization and the firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.
Klein Frank is going to join in the effort and provide funding and support to the family of Mr. Alshawi in Houston. If you would like to donate for this effort, please contact Beth Klein Boulder Attorney 303-448-8884
The president’s order also blocks the admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely, and bars entry into the United States for 90 days from seven predominantly Muslim countries linked to concerns about terrorism. Those countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The lawyers said that one of the Iraqis detained at Kennedy Airport, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, had worked on behalf of the United States government in Iraq for 10 years. The other, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, was coming to the United States to join his wife, who had worked for an American contractor, and young son, the lawyers said. They said both men had been detained at the airport on Friday night after arriving on separate flights.
“These are people with valid visas and legitimate refugee claims who have already been determined by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to be admissible and to be allowed to enter the U.S. and now are being unlawfully detained,” Mr. Doss said.
According to the filing, Mr. Darweesh was granted a special immigrant visa on Jan. 20, the same day Mr. Trump was sworn in as president. Mr. Darweesh worked with the United States in Iraq in a variety of jobs — as an interpreter, engineer and contractor — over the course of roughly a decade.
Mr. Darweesh worked as an interpreter for the Army’s 101st Airborne Division in Baghdad and Mosul starting shortly after the invasion of Iraq on April 1, 2003. The filing said he had been directly targeted twice for working with the United States military.
Brandon Friedman, who worked with Mr. Darweesh as an infantry lieutenant with the 101st Airborne, praised Mr. Darweesh’s work.
“This is a guy that this country owes a debt of gratitude to,” Mr. Friedman said. “There are not many Americans who have done as much for this country as he has. He’s put himself on the line. He’s put his family on the line to help U.S. soldiers in combat, and it is astonishing to me that this country would suddenly not allow people like that in.”
Mr. Friedman, who is the chief executive of the McPherson Square Group, a communications firm in Washington, added, “We have a moral obligation to protect and repay these people who risked their lives for U.S. troops.”
“He is a brave individual, and he cares about Iraq and he cares about the U.S.,” he said of Mr. Darweesh.
Mr. Alshawi was supposed to be reunited with his wife, who has been living in Texas. The wife, who asked to be identified by her first initial, D., out of concern for her family’s safety, wiped away tears as she sat on a couch in her sister’s house early Saturday in a Houston suburb.
“He gave his package and his passport to an airport officer, and they didn’t talk to him, they just put him in a room,” his wife said. “He told me that they forced him to get back to Iraq. He asked for his lawyer and to apply for an asylum case. And they told him, ‘You can’t do that. You need to go back to your country.’”
She said the authorities at the airport had told him that the president’s signing of the executive order was the reason he could not proceed to Houston.
“They told him it’s the president’s decision,” she said.
Beth Klein had the honor of speaking with Half the Sky’s Sheryl Wu Dunn to the Colorado Women of Vision. Look how far they flew! This link will take you to the video of all they accomplished.
From the Director Robin Black:
This video will be broadcast on channels 56 and 57 through Denver Open Media. Because the station is a “project of the Open Media Foundation.”
Hopefully having this message broadcast in the Denver area will help the cause of eradicating child trafficking.
We owe a debt of gratitude to Beth Klein for attending our event
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On Thursday, January 12, 2017 at noon, Beth Klein, the Boulder Bar Co-Chair of the Civil Litigation Division will host a presentation on Human Trafficking at the Boulder District Court in the East Training Room.
Brad Riley from I-Empathize and Janet Drake Assistant Colorado Attorney General will discuss prevention and prosecution strategies and legislative updates.
Please contact Beth Klein 303-448-8884, if you would like to attend. CLE is available.
Opportunity to Join the Crime Victim Services Advisory Board
The Crime Victim Services (CVS) Advisory Board is looking to add two new members to the CVS board. They are seeking a representative from a tribal government as well as a representative from an under-served population (i.e. populations who face barriers in accessing and using victim services). Interested applicants can learn more by visiting the CVS Board web page.
Emergency Fund for Crime Victims Webinar
As a result of the statewide needs assessment conducted by the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ), emergency funds for victims of crime was identified as a Special Project for the use of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA funds). DCJ’s Office for Victims Programs is working collaboratively with the Colorado Organization for Victims Assistance (COVA) and other stakeholders to address this need through the establishment of the Emergency Fund Program.
To learn more about how victim service organizations can access financial support for crime victims join the webinar being hosted on January 11th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Register for the webinar here. If you have any questions regarding this webinar contact Ashley Riley Lopes at email@example.com.
Save the Date – Human Trafficking Legislative Day
February 16th: The Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado will be hosting its annual Human Trafficking Legislative Day at the West Foyer of the Colorado State Capitol. This year’s event will focus on law enforcement. The State Calendar will be updated when we receive more information about the event.
North East Colorado Coalition Against Trafficking
In the final month of 2016, we spotlight the North East Colorado Coalition Against Trafficking (NECCAT). NECCAT was founded by a group of committed members of the Zonta Club-Greeley chapter in January of 2015. Zonta Vice President, Diana Laws, was a driving force in getting the group off the ground. As she explained it, Zonta’s mission is to empower women through service and advocacy. The Greeley Zonta membership recognized that there were already several organizations addressing a variety of women’s issues. But, Zonta believed it could address a gap by elevating the issue of human trafficking and its intersection with violence against women in their local community.
In less than two years of operation, 26 agencies—including area law enforcement and social service agencies—have joined the group. NECCAT sees its role as a convener of key stakeholders who have the experience and expertise to respond to cases of human trafficking. NECCAT also serves as a central repository for education and resources in the area. The group receives multiple requests for training on human trafficking and is able to enlist members to carry out education and outreach events based on their areas of specialization. Likewise, NECCAT has partnered with Zonta to raise funds to support human trafficking survivors. It has dedicated a portion of those funds to make survivor kits that include such things as basic toiletries and handmade socks. The kits benefit survivors immediately and support local law enforcement in their efforts to build rapport and a sense of safety among those they identify as potential trafficking victims. For more information about NECCAT, please contact Diana Laws.
In the News
Shared Hope International recently released its 2016 state report cards regarding their response to domestic minor sex trafficking, especially each state’s legal response. Colorado earned a “B” grade. You can read Colorado’s report card here.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Magazine published an alternative business perspective on the topic of human trafficking in supply chains. Among other things, their article outlines ways that companies can comply with various national laws and directives from the United States, United Kingdom, and European Union.
A man was convicted in Greeley on 32 counts related to a sex trafficking operation and was sentenced to 248 years in prison in a Weld County District Court. This conviction represents the longest sentence to be handed down for human trafficking in the state’s history. The defendant was convicted after a 13-day trial. He was arrested in 2014 following an extensive investigation by the Greeley Police Department, FBI’s Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force, and Colorado State Patrol.
Another man was also found guilty of human trafficking in Weld County District Court early in November. The investigation began with a traffic stop in 2014, which led to a joint law enforcement investigation.The defendant was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
Victim Services Study Launched
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) are launching a national data collection effort to better understand crime victims needs and the services available to them. This data collection effort will be conducted in two phases, phase one will involve the launching of the first-ever National Census of Victim Service Providers (NCVSP). Phase two will build off of the census by conducting the National Survey of Victim Services Providers, a longer survey aimed at reaching a representative sample of victim service providers.
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month (January)
To help you prepare for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January, OVC announced a series of resources to assist in raising public awareness on the issue. These resources include the Faces of Human Trafficking Resource Guide, as well as the Human Trafficking Task Force E-Guide. You can learn more by visiting OVC’s Human Trafficking website.
New Name for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center has changed its name to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. You can learn more about the change on their website.
Forecasted Grant Opportunity
The Administration for Children and Families and the Office for Trafficking in Persons have a forcasted funding opportunity, Look Beneath the Surface Regional Anti-Trafficking Program (LBS). The LBS Program will serve as a focal point in targeted geographic areas and focus on the identification and referral of foreign and domestic human trafficking victims. Learn more about this opportunity by visiting grants.gov and searching LBS. The estimated posting date for this opportunity is January 6, 2017.
Barbara Lavender in an internationally renowned attorney. As a strong advocate for human rights, Barb has increased social justice through landmark cases that she represented at the U.S. Supreme Court. Her local and global community service includes pro bono legal council for women seeking refuge in safe houses, juveniles considered delinquent, and for Native Americans and LGLB communities as well as international aid work with African orphans, Burmese refugees, and environmental activists. She deeply appreciates her global network of friends and her healthy, happy son and grandchildren. Despite the increasing physical limitations of adult-onset muscular dystrophy, Barb discovers new avenues to uplift the human spirit and mobilize her goodness to go. Currently, she’s writing a book for college programs focused on envisioning and creating purposeful life work and service. Klein Frank wanted to share her thoughts.
Recently, I was asked, “What made you so helpful?” The gentleman sitting near my wheelchair in remote Tanzania was about thirty years younger than I am. His question reignited an ongoing self-inquiry about what factors had inspired my lifelong commitment to pursuing a purposeful life. What contributed to my decisions and actions that have prioritized community service for over 50 years?
For me, “purposeful living” encompasses actions that are helpful to others, serving what can be called “the greater good.” I’m deeply grateful for the upbringing and education that I’ve had the good fortune to receive. When I was a little girl, my mother enlisted my help with a mailing campaign for a local charity. She took me with her to volunteer at an inner city orphanage, and invited deaf children from another orphanage to stay with us on weekends. Early In my life, my mother woke me up to the disadvantages many people live with, and, as my first role model, showed me how it was possible to help.
Later, my brother took me to participate in peace and civil rights marches. After medical school, Paul directed a relief team in Sudan for refugees, and volunteered in many other philanthropic activities. It was the late 1960’s and I embraced the social justice values inspiring the civil, environmental, and women’s rights movements of that era.
Participating within large communities of activists challenging cultural assumptions in effective ways inspired my spirit and fed my aspirations to live a helpful, purposeful life. Our voices, protests, and demonstrations eventually ended the Vietnam War as racial and gender equity began to increase across the nation. These successes were positive reinforcements for our activism that created momentum. I developed a hopeful worldview based on the trust that thoughtful, committed citizens could make real differences in the world. These experiences sustained subsequent social justice efforts, some of which took much longer to yield results.
In the 60’s and 70’s, our altruism was sustained by our willingness to enjoy life and have fun as well as strive sincerely in our meaningful work. There was no inconsistency between organizing a project by day and joyously dancing to our favorite music into the night. I was lucky to be born at a time when widespread, influential social movements fed my aspirations and personal philosophy that governs my work. I find that many young people engaged in international aid work today seem reluctant to shed some of their heavy burdens, engage in self-care, and have fun. As a result, they suffer from burnout more than my friends did.
There are two important lessons that I’ve learned from international volunteer work. One is that our educational opportunities have given us abilities that can uplift the human condition. The tools in our toolbox include problem solving and organizing skills as well as knowledge, appropriate technology, and financial resources. I ask people, “What do you want to accomplish and how can I help? Which tools in my toolbox do you need to accomplish your goal?” The second lesson is that it takes very little to make a difference and brings joy to the givers as much as the recipients. Happiness increases when we use our personal gifts and resources to benefit others.
The Empowerment Project is and Emmy nominated film that documents the incredible journey of a crew of female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their career ambitions. Beth Klein Boulder Attorney was honored to be featured in this film.
Driving over 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days, the documentary spotlights 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries.
In celebration of the all-female focus in front of and behind the camera, the filmmakers turned the cameras on themselves, capturing their transformational journey. The film challenges the audience to ask themselves, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid to fail?”
The Empowerment Project has screened in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, universities, organizations and corporations of all kinds with audiences as intimate as 10 and as grand as 1,000.
Take a look at how this documentary is impacting audiences around the United States by watching our tour video.
By hosting a screening, you are empowering the future generation of strong women and men, and truly empowering the world.
Boulder Lawyer Beth Klein receives humanitarian award.
It’s tough to write about Beth Klein and what she has done to deserve the Georgia R. Imhoff Philanthropist & Community Volunteer Extraordinaire Award. The Boulder attorney is a world leader in the fight to stop human trafficking — especially that which involves children — and while what she does is extremely important, it’s not easy to hear about, read about or write about.
She has brought the depth and severity of the issue to the attention of those in high places, and people are not only listening, they’re acting. Traffickers are being arrested, brought to trial and punished. There’s still much to be done, but Klein and an ever-growing network of like-minded activists are determined to keep chipping away as momentum builds and the problem is better addressed.
In 2010, following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Klein was a key player in mobilizing an armada of volunteers to ensure that orphans whose adoptions were already finalized were transported off the island and into the arms of their forever families in the U.S.
Her work is recognized through magazine and newspaper articles, radio and television appearances, and by numerous invitations to speak at conferences and training sessions around the world.
On Tuesday night, she was given the second Georgia P. Imhoff Philanthropist & Community Volunteer Extraordinaire Award at a party marking the 10th anniversary of Blacktie-Colorado. Imhoff was Blacktie’s co-founder; she died from pancreatic cancer in 2009.
The award is given every other year.
Imhoff’s daughter, Stacy Ohlsson, and her widower, Walt Imhoff,described Georgia’s passion for philanthropy; in particular, her dedication to helping abused children. Ryta Sondergard, the award’s first recipient, made the actual presentation.
“There was fire, there was wind, there was water and now there is you,” Sondergard said as she handed the award to Klein.