Location:  Colorado Mountain College, 3695 Airport Rd, Rifle, CO 

Date:  January 11, 2019  8:00 to 5:00

AM –  Law Enforcement, Stats, Laws, and Prosecution

8:30 – 10:30                  Human Trafficking 101  Tom Acker, Colorado Counsel Representative.  Program Certified by State of Colorado Human Trafficking Counsel

10:30- 10:45                 Break

10:45 – 11:15                A typical traffic stop vignette – what to look for during a traffic stop – Jose Chavez, Certified Law Enforcement Trainer

11:15 – 12:15                Investigations, Evidence and Prosecutions – Round Table discussion of the A to Z of investigation to conviction.  Denver DA Lara Mullen, Investigators Christ Stadler and Shana Michael, Innocence Lost Task Force

Lunch 12:15 – 1:15

PM – Resources, Civil Law, and Survivor Perspectives

1:15 –   1:45                 An Overview of the Eastern Slope Collaboration and Resources for Prevention, Prosecution, and Restoration Elise Reifschneider, Program Director. Denver Anti-Trafficking Alliance (DATA)

1:45 – 2:00                     Questions/Feedback

2:15 – 3:15                   Civil Side Lawyer Responses.  Jennifer Smith, J.D.    Immigration and Visas, Marianna Kosharovsky, J.D. ALIGHT  Legal Needs Matching Beth Klein, lawsuits for damages and restitution, and the IRS – Federal and State Solutions

3:15 – 3:30                   Break

3:30 – 4:15                   Angela Clark, Child Trafficking Victim – On Healing and Recovery

4:15 – 4:45                   Western Slope Resources – Katia Curbelo ( HAP –Hispanic Affairs Project–organizer), Nelly García ( Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition organizer western slope) and Elisa Rodriguez ( CCASA/ HAP anti sexual assault trainer ); Denise Rodriguez ( Hilltop at risk population counselor and member of Western Slope Against Trafficking).

4:45 – 5:00                   Future Plans and Community Action and Close the Session


Lara Mullin

feature1-3-8b2d54d67ac9db1eLara Mullin is a Senior Deputy District Attorney at the Denver District Attorney’s office. She received a J.D. from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in 2006 where was a member of the trial team. She clerked for  District Court Judge Catherine Lemon from 2006-2007 and then entered the DA’s office as a Deputy. She has been with the office for 12 years and spent the majority of that time in the Family Violence Unit which prosecutes sex crimes against children, felony child abuse and felony domestic violence. She is currently assigned to the Human Trafficking unit – prosecuting both sex and labor trafficking cases. In total, Lara has tried over 100 jury trials during her career. Prior to going to law school, Lara was a Sports Writer for 2 years in Northern California.

Marianna Kosharovsky, J.D.

ALIGHT Marianna Kosharovsky - Speaker Info Sheet (2018 Western Slope Conference)

Marianna Kosharovsky, J.D. is the Founder and Executive Director of ALIGHT, a nonprofit organization with a mission to unlock a fresh start for survivors of human trafficking. ALIGHT uses a unique collaborative model to rapidly match survivor needs with untapped legal expertise through innovative technology. Marianna’s expertise and thought leadership is rooted in over 10 years experience in human trafficking, law
and professional collaboration. As an attorney, Marianna represented survivors of sex and labor exploitation at the domestic violence agency Sanctuary for Families, as well as international corporate clients at the leading law firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy in New York. In Eastern Europe/Russia, she worked on human rights development and private sector-nonprofit partnerships at PILnet: Global Network for Public Interest Law, and was a Visiting Professor at the Pericles Center for International Legal Education. Marianna is a contributing author to the American Bar Association book Lawyers as Changemakers (2016). She holds a law degree from N.Y.U. Law.

Angela Rae Clark

Angela Clark, Human Trafficking Survivor Helping Others Heal

Angela Rae Clark is a human trafficking survivor leader, speaker, and teacher of mindfulness tools for interrupting patterns of trauma and vicarious trauma. As a Recovery Coach, Angela teaches techniques that help rebuild confidence, reclaim one’s voice, and define what’s next for personal and professional development. She loves to assist individuals take charge of their mental and emotional well-being.

Angela is a Member of the National Survivor Network for Human Trafficking, Ambassador for Peaceful Heart Network, and Advocate for www.FREA.Support. Angela’s TEDx Talk, What To Do After #metoo, can be viewed on her website along with her book, The Other F Word, My Handbook on Forgiveness. Angela enjoys dancing, singing, hiking, and adventures in the wild. Angela loves her life and wants other survivors to know they can thrive too.  www.AngelaRaeClark.com

Angela will share how she recovered from childhood trauma of sexual abuse and exploitation. She will teach mindfulness tools that assist in personal self-care and well-being. Angela challenges the audience to address personal pain rather than minimize it in the midst of human trafficking stories. Your resiliency is necessary to stay strong in the Human Justice Movement. Self-care is vital for the endurance necessary to see this movement continue on. Angela also stresses the importance of holistic services and resources in the recovery plan for survivors. 

Thomas Acker,PhD


Professor of Spanish in the Hispanic Studies and Spanish Program, LLMC, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO.  Tom has worked for more than a decade on the issue of immigrant integration and civil rights which evolved into exploring the plight of H2A visa workers in the western U.S., especially the sheepherders. His interests continue to include abuse of workers, social and economic inequities.  He is the founding member Western Slope Against Trafficking ( WSAT) 2013 to present.  He has been a member Colorado Human Trafficking Council by appointment of the governor –2014 to Present, a board member of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) , 2012 to 2014 and a board member of the Hispanic Affairs Project (HAP) 2013 to present.  He serves on the Grand Valley Peace and Justice (GVPJ) Board of Directors, 2011-present, the State Advisory Board Human Trafficking Project (2013- present), and the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo, Human Development Commission, 2010-present.

Tom Acker, PhD, received his Bachelor of Science in art education with a secondary concentration in painting from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. He earned both his Master of Arts and PhD in Spanish and Spanish Golden Age literature, respectively, from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Acker teaches First-Year Spanish, Second-Year Spanish, Introduction to the Literature of Spain, Spanish for Medical and Social Services, Spanish for Business, Advanced Spanish Composition and History and Culture of Latin America and Spain, among other courses.

His research interests include classical imagery and the paintings of Diego Velázquez and art as an expression of Latin culture; the Diary of the Domínguez and Escalante Expedition; José Martí, the writer and the political figure as perceived in Cuba and the U.S. and issues of Hispanic immigration and their impact on the community.

Acker encourages his students to compare their world view with that of the Spanish-speaking world in order to develop not only proficiency in their second language, but also an appreciation for and understanding of the experiences that have formed and are forming the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Jose Chavez

Mr. Chavez has worked with at risk juveniles in a professional capacity for the last 34 years. Mr. Chavez works with service providers, trackers, therapists and the local community to create a circle of trust for the client/survivor. He serves as a court liaison.

Mr. Chavez is also an expert in gangs. As a minority advocate Mr. Chavez sits on numerous committees which assist in the breaking down of cultural barriers that challenge at risk youth. Mr. Chavez works with Mesa County School District #51 on special projects.

Mr. Chavez has completed the Colorado Human Trafficking Council’s Law Enforcement Train-the-Trainer and he is currently a Colorado Human Trafficking Council facilitator.

Detective Chris Stadler

Detective Chris Stadler has worked for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office since 2006. He has worked in various assignments including the detention division, the patrol division, and most recently in the investigations division. Detective Stadler served in the Special Investigations Section, specifically in the Special Investigations Unit, for over 5.5 years. In this capacity, Detective Stadler was charged with overseeing all of the intelligence functions for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office including but not limited to: domestic and international terrorism threats, threats involving schools, threats against judges and other county officials, executive and dignitary protection details, gang investigations, adult and juvenile human trafficking investigations, mobile forensic investigations, VICE related crimes and other various assigned special investigations.

In addition to the intelligence functions, Detective Stadler also oversaw the county’s sex offender registration program. He was instrumental in the past several years in the re-engineering of the sex offender database (SOTAR) and partnered with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation as well as the Douglas County IT department to create several updates and additional features to the SOTAR program. The system is currently being utilized by over 90 metro and state law enforcement agencies and currently monitors over 53% of Colorado’s registered sex offenders.

Detective Stadler is currently assigned to the Denver FBI Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force (ILTF) as a Task Force Officer (TFO) focusing on the identification and recovery of juvenile sex trafficking victims in the Denver metro area. Detective Stadler has been in this position on a full-time basis since January of 2016 but has been a part of the ILTF and CTOCC (Colorado Trafficking and Organized Crime Coalition) working group since their inception.

Detective Stadler currently lives in Douglas County with his wife, Brandy, and their three daughters. Detective Stadler holds various degrees including a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Computer Information Systems. Read More

Jennifer Smith, Esq

jennifer-smithDrawing on more than 18 years of private practice, immigration attorney Jennifer Smith uses her time-tested skills to find creative solutions within the complex web of immigration law. Her full-service immigration law firm is located in Glenwood Springs. She is currently serving as the Chair of the Colorado chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She graduated from the University of Colorado, School of Law in 2000, with honors and then clerked at the Colorado Court of Appeals for Honorable Judge Kapelke. She is a member of multiple national, international and local immigration lawyer associations. She writes articles on immigration issues and presents at local, state, and national conferences on all areas of immigration law. Ms. Smith received AILA’s Michael Maggio Pro Bono Award for her volunteer work at the family detention center in Artesia, NM; the Athena International Award for Young Professionals from the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce in 2013; and the Jackie Morales Community Service Award in 2010.

Elise Reifschneider

Elise Reifschneider was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She has since lived in several different states, recently landing in Colorado. Elise has a B.A. in Government/International Affairs and a M.A. in International Community Leadership. She currently serves as the Program Director of the Denver Anti-Trafficking Alliance (DATA) at the Denver District Attorney’s Office. Prior to this role, she was the Project Coordinator for the Utah Trafficking in Persons (UTIP) Task Force at the Utah Attorney General’s Office. Elise’s background includes extensive work in refugee services, community organizing, and gender equity.