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January is Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery involving people being bought, sold, and forced into slave labor and/or sexual exploitation.

Human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking (January is also National Stalking Awareness Month), though all different forms of victimization, overlap in many ways. Victims of human trafficking are often subject to the same kinds of abuse as are victims of domestic violence: restriction on freedom of movement, isolation, financial control, threats, intimidation, physical and sexual violence, and fostering of drug and alcohol dependencies due to their situations. In addition they: may not know the language, are not connected to any family or community of support, don't know their legal rights, may not trust law enforcement, and may fear deportation. Further, abusers can be traffickers, and can force their partners into highly exploitative situations. Continue reading for resources on human trafficking advocacy.

Resources on Slavery and Human Trafficking

Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign: the Blue Campaign is the unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking.
Heal Trafficking: a united group of multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting its survivors, from a public health perspective.
Polaris: an organization dedicated to the prevention and disruption of human trafficking 
National Human Trafficking Hotline: a national, anti-trafficking hotline and resource center serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the U.S.
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Servicesprovide national leadership, advocacy, training, and technical assistance to those working with crime survivors seeking secure immigration status, especially those who have suffered gender-based violence.
Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center: empowers trafficked women, men, and children to seek justice.
ASISTA: provide national leadership, advocacy, training, and technical assistance to those working with crime survivors seeking secure immigration status, especially those who have suffered gender-based violence.

Coalition Updates

Liz Stuewe, 
Training and TA Manager

Training and TA Update

Emerging Issues: Confidentiality and HUD reporting requirements

Confidentiality is a cornerstone of domestic violence advocacy. It allows us to support and assist survivors in ways we couldn't otherwise do. Maintaining a survivor’s confidentiality can add another layer of difficulty when it comes to programming and grant reporting -- especially in regards to reporting on important grants from United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Based on guidance from federal regulations and national training and technical assistance providers we know that community based domestic violence programs cannot enter data directly into the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) or share all of the data requested by the HMIS system outside of their agency.
The solution? Use a comparable database to compile reports that do not contain personally identifiable information. Here at Violence Free Colorado, we're working to find an easy-to-use, low-cost comparable database solution to allow you to meet your HUD reporting requirements and uphold confidentiality for survivors at the same time. We’ll keep you updated with our progress. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We’re here to support you! 

Another great tool we have to help you navigate challenging confidentiality requirements is our Confidentiality Toolkit project. It has sample forms and policies on a wide range of confidentiality topics, including what to do with a subpoena and how to protect confidentiality when creating community partnerships. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about the toolkit and/or provide additional training about the topics. 

For all Training and Technical Assistance requests contact Liz Stuewe at or phone 303-962-0938. 

Staffing Update

Violence Free Colorado is pleased to introduce two new staff members!
Lindsay Christopher
Housing Program Manager

Hello Members and Colleagues, 

I am excited to begin my role as the new Housing Program Manager. I have been doing domestic violence work since 2011 with an emphasis in housing stability. I have done a little bit of everything over the years, including housing case management, grant coordinating, and collaborating with community partners to increase housing availability and access for survivors of domestic violence. I am originally from the east coast but moved to Colorado to pursue my degree and never looked back. In my free time I enjoy camping with my family and spending time with my daughter.

I look forward to working with you to stabilize housing for survivors.  Feel free to reach me by phone at 303-962-3321 or by email at
Tamika Matthews
Community Impact Manager

I'm excited to join the Violence Free Colorado staff as the new Community Impact Manager and contribute to the amazing work being done here every day. I'll lead our strategic communications efforts and foster relationships through membership development.

I've been in communications for more than 10 years with a dedication to highlighting social issues, whether it's disability awareness, wounded warriors or - naturally - domestic violence. For me, there's nothing more important than sharing information, resources and stories with a purpose, and I couldn't be more excited to do it in this position.

I'm a Virginia native (please excuse the occasional y'all), though I spent my high school years here and felt a return to Colorado was always somewhere in my plans. I love a lazy weekend watching sports with my husband, experimenting in the kitchen, traveling and of course, writing. Say hello to me at or 720-728-8369.

Upcoming Trainings

Web and Phone-Based Trainings

All times are MST

Jan. 23, noon.: Adult Survivors as Movement Leaders. Presented by PreventConnect. 
Jan. 24, 11 a.m.: Domestic Violence Shelters and Pets: How RedRover Offers Assistance for Successful Co-Sheltering. Presented by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 
Jan. 29, noon: Housing, Addiction and Human Trafficking Expert Discussion. Presented by the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center. 
Do you have an upcoming training? Or another event you want to share with the CCADV community? Post an event on our website calendar!

In-Person Trainings and Events

Jan. 16: Sexual Assault in Schools: Title IX Rights and Remedies for K-12 Student Survivors. Presented by the University of Colorado Denver Center on Domestic Violence. 
Location: Denver, CO
Jan. 24: Address Confidentiality Program Application Assistant Training
Email or call 303-866-3344.
Location: Denver, CO
June 5-7: Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference.
Presented by Violence Free Colorado and CCASA.
Location: Vail, CO
June 25-27: Wyoming Joint Symposium on Children and Youth.
Presented by the WyoJSCY Committee. 
Location: Cheyenne, WY

Resources and Other News

The Colorado Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board Annual Report is now available
The first statewide annual report from the Colorado Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board (Creleased its first statewide annual report in December 2018, which is available here: The group reviews data on domestic violence-related fatalities and includes policy and practice recommendations in its annual report. 
The CDVFRB also oversees the creation of new Domestic Violence Fatality Review Teams (DVFRTs) across the state, in partnership with the Denver Metro Domestic Violence Fatality Review team. Local DVFRTs and other interested individuals can find resources at 
For questions, comments, and/or support forming a DVFRT in your community, please contact the DMDVFR via email at or by calling 303-522-0932. 
2019 Monthly Calendar with awareness dates. Thanks to the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center.
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