Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Denver

Human Trafficking Awareness March Planned

A march and demonstration is planned, organized by the Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado, to draw attention to the human trafficking issue in Colorado.

Marchers will gather the morning of February 25, 2016, at the Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street #451, in Denver CO.

The schedule is tentatively expected to be:

8:30am             Arrival
8:30-11am        Citizens visits with legislators
9am                    Start of Legislative meeting, with spectators in gallery
10:30-11am       Handing out of T-shirts, refreshments, and march details
11:-11:30am      Welcome Address and crowd assembly for march
11:30am*           Begin march around capital 3 times!!
12-12:30pm       Lunch, networking time
12:30pm            Rally begins in West Foyer with Speakers, as listed below
1:30pm              Closing remarks
1:30-2:30pm     iEmpathize in North Rotundra

* The march may begin as early as 11am.

Dan Steele and the Denver area FBI Innocence Lost Task Force will be providing security during the event, including the march.

During the event, local and national representatives are expected to speak:

  • Tamra Farah, Human Trafficking Advocacy Day Event Chair and Emcee
  • Betty Edwards, Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado Chair Emeritus
  • Cynthia Coffman, Colorado Attorney General
  • Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of Denver
  • Elizabeth L. Cataldi, Homeland Security Assistant Special Agent in Charge
  • Daniel J. Steele, FBI Innocence Lost Task Force, RMILTF, Denver Police Department
  • George Brauchler, Denver District Attorney
  • Rep. Beth McCann, 2016 Anti-Trafficking Bill Co-sponsor
  • Rep. Terri Carver, 2016 Anti-Trafficking Bill Sponsor
  • John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
  • Anne Darr, FBI Innocence Lost Task Force Victim Advocate
  • Austen, Sex Trafficking Survivor
  • Brad Riley, Founder and President of iEmpathize

Pre-registration is not required to join the march or attend the event.

According to Roger Patrizio, Chairman of the Human Trafficking Tast Force of Southern Colorado, “We will be walking around the capitol three times to raise awareness.” Join the march and help draw attention to this serious issue of human trafficking.

The mission of the Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado is:

…to build a collaboration of organizations and individuals to reduce human suffering caused by human trafficking, through advocacy, awareness, rehabilitation, and services for survivors.

The Human Trafficking Task Force meets on the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7pm, at the First United Methodist Church, 410 N Nevada Avenue, in Colorado Springs CO.  Their next meeting is March 8, 2016.  The guest speakers are Special Agent Hall of the HSI Colorado Springs, and Trooper Sloan of the Colorado State Patrol. They will discuss joint efforts regarding human trafficking, including a local Asian massage parlor investigation which included money laundering and financial aspects. Their joint investigation resulted in more than 14 arrests across five local massage parlors.

For more information on the Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado, visit their website at ht-colorado.org or call 866.455.5075.

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