of Southern Colorado


Our Mission

Vision: To end human trafficking, thereby reducing suffering and making our community safer.

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.

2015 Annual
Human Trafficking Symposium
October 31, 2015

Registration Now Available
This is a free event but you must register for planning purposes.

UCCS Colorado Springs Campus
Berger Hall - Located with UCCS Pedestrian Spine
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Campus Map
More details to follow.
Volunteers are needed to help plan and execute the 8th annual Human Trafficking Symposium.
Please join us as we plan and prepare for our 8th annual Human Trafficking Symposium at UCCS on 10/31/15.
You may contact Roger Patrizio at 719-634-7347 for more planning and volunteer information. Thank you.

Human Trafficking Task Force meetings are:
2nd Tuesday of each month
First United Methodist Church
410 N. Nevada
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Room #233
Use Boulder St. Entrance.
Next meeting:
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Our guest speaker will be Val Stevenson, a member of First United Methodist Church ("FUMC") since 1989. During most of her time at FUMC, Val has been involved in mission and outreach ministry. She coordinates the "First Stars" Christmas program, which is a collaboration between local elementary school community liaisons and the congregation to provide gifts for children of impoverished families. She coordinates FUMC's "adoption" of North Middle School, partnering with the school administration to provide school supplies and other items needed for the students. Val was a member of the FUMC refugee resettlement ministry, assisting families that relocated to Colorado Springs from Africa who were fleeing the war in Liberia. Several years ago, Val helped to establish the Human Justice Ministry ("HJM") at FUMC. The HJM was formed after several members attended a human trafficking conference and were shocked to learn that slavery still existed in the world. The main purpose of the HJM is to raise awareness about human trafficking and to support and partner with local organizations that aid victims who have been trafficked and are working to abolish slavery. The HJM began with a screening of "The Dark Side of Chocolate" and has continued to arrange screenings of documentaries focused on justice issues. The ministry has involved the congregation in projects to support Restore Innocence - donating survivor bags and supporting a girl who was rescued from sex trafficking. The HJM has organized several speaking events, including two Freedom Sunday worship services.

Val was born in Florida and moved to Colorado in 1988. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a master's degree in accounting and is currently self-employed. In addition to her involvement in ministry at FUMC, Val is a member of the BOD for Catholic Charities of Central Colorado.

                    Our meetings are open to organizations and individuals
                    who are interested in stopping Modern Day Slavery,
                    especially in our community.
                    We are a 501 C 3 organization as recognized by the IRS.

Betty Edwards, Chairman
Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado

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