of Southern Colorado


September 2013 - Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
5:30 - 7:00 pm

First United Methodist Church, Room 21, Basement
420 N Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Our speaker for September was Michael Bennett, CDPS. Bio: "I was born and raised here in the State of Colorado. I enjoy anything that gets me outside. I have been in Law enforcement for 19 yrs in the State of Colorado. I have been with the Colorado State Patrol for 14 of those years. I am currently assigned to the Colorado State Patrols Smuggling, Trafficking and Interdiction Section. I was an original member of this unit when it was created in 2007. I hope to provide you with an understanding of the issues that we in law enforcement deal with and how you can assist us in combating human trafficking."

Brief history of his unit:
Colorado Revised Statute 24-33.5-211 was enacted on July 1st 2006, which mandated the Chief of the Colorado State Patrol create a division within the Patrol to address the issues of human smuggling and human trafficking on Colorado highways. Colorado Revised Statutes 18-13-128 and 18-13-127 (since repealed and replaced with 18-3-501) were also enacted on the same date, making the crimes of human smuggling and human trafficking state felonies.
The unit was designated to have twenty-four (24) full-time employees for fiscal year beginning July 1st, 2007. The nineteen (19) troopers and three (3) sergeants designated to the unit were certified under the Federal 287(g) training was created in 2007. The remaining two (2) IEU personnel consist of a civilian staff support member and a Captain. This program, along with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), allowed Troopers in this unit to exercise limited joint authority and to perform certain functions of an immigration officer within the State of Colorado. On December 21, 2012, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that it had decided "not to renew any of its agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies that operate task forces under the 287(g) program." In 2013, the Immigration Enforcement Unit was renamed the Smuggling and Trafficking Interdiction Section, reflecting its mandate and nature of day-to-day operations.

                    Our meetings are open to organizations and individuals who are interested in stopping
                    Modern Day Slavery, especially in our community.

                    For meeting information, please contact: bedwards12@aol.com                    
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