Since the day a mentor taught her how influential personal injury
attorneys could be, Attorney Beth Klein has devoted her life to standing up for
“little” people on the big stage. From rescuing Haitian orphans and
fighting online human trafficking to pioneering mass torts, her work has
saved lives — leaving a lasting mark on the American legal system in
the process. Watch the latest episode of True Power of Attorney.
Springs Post Independent wrote a story about Beth Klein Colorado Attorney, efforts to start the Battlement to Bells Task Force to protect
kids from Parachute to Aspen, Colorado. The new task force will be called Battlement to the Bells Anti-human Trafficking Task Force (BATT).
Attorney Beth Klein enjoying collaboration.
The idea was begun when Beth Klein met with Attorney
Angela Roff in 2018 and they produced the first Western Slope Summit
held in Rifle. 140 people from Aspen, Vail, Glenwood, Rifle, Grand Junction, Basalt, Carbondale, Silt and everywhere in between were informed by an array of experts from the front range.
The attendees wanted more action. Beth Klein and Angela met with
activist Peggy Steldt and started planning a task force. Gina Stryker
came on board and helped organize the first meeting at True Nature
Healing Arts. The second meeting was held at Third Street Center in
Carbondale. Beth created the website and logo and agreed to host the
meetings for the first year. The Klein Frank Foundation is funding the
meeting space for year one.
Beth nominated Gina to be the initial
President and agreed to provide support behind the scenes. Gina’s
story was highlighted in the Post’s article which documents her trauma
at a near miss kidnapping when she was young.
Anti Human Trafficking Activist Beth Klein from Boulder Colorado is spreading the word, "These guidelines work in any airport - large or small! Once there is interest, the community can help transportation hubs effectively spread the word and partner with law enforcement to assist victims. Download the tool here: ACI Anti-Trafficking Tool
In March 2019 the Airports Council International (ACI) released the first “Combatting Human Trafficking Handbook”, a free resource designed to help airports comprehensively deal with modern slavery. Using these guidelines and steps, any community can implement and execute an effective program to stop human trafficking.
How can airports combat human trafficking?
The first of its kind handbook outlines eight areas where airports can take an active role. These comprise
airport staff training;
engaging the local community;
strategically-placing information to help victims;
engaging with agencies (such as law enforcement and immigration); communicating with airlines; supply chain responsibility;
and coordinating with advocacy groups.
To ensure that all airport staff, whether they are a full-time employee or an independent contractor, are clear are about how to identify and report trafficking, the report advises airports to put a trafficking policy in place. This should include vision and mission statements, as well as responsibilities and reporting policies.
“The policy should set out the responsibility for all staff members to report suspected cases of trafficking and provide clear instructions on how and when to report,” states the report. “It is important to emphasize confidentiality.”
Identifying potential victims
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that 1 in 4 victims of modern slavery are children. The handbook offers additional ways for staff to identify trafficked children, such as if they are travelling unaccompanied by adults or with people who are not relatives. In the US, airlines are required to have written consent of parents and guardian before unaccompanied children can travel.
The free resource also provides an overview of the various ways employees could identify a trafficking victim through visual or behavioral indicators. These include appearance (such as injury or dirty clothes); behavior (if the person is intimidated or nervous); unusual interaction with travelling companions (if they don’t speak the same language or appear to be under instruction); and travel circumstances (for example, if it is a last-minute flight or they don’t know their home or work address).ACI Anti-Trafficking Tool Download
As well as underlining the importance of a reporting policy, the handbook offers some advice on how an airport staff member could approach a potential trafficking victim, if in line with the airport’s policy.
Making contact in a washroom or striking up a conversation if it is safe to do so are suggested as ways to find out if the person needs help. Yet caution is also advised, and it warns not to take on the role of a law enforcement officer.
An example of how to train staff is given by Heathrow Airport, which provides a 60-minute ‘Modern Slavery’ session, including presentations, videos, trainer-led talks and open discussions. It also recommends e-learning as a way for staff to work through advisory material on their own.
Boosting public awareness
Public awareness campaigns in and out of the airport are recommended as a powerful way to engage the community and increase detection. Dynamic signage (such as digital displays or videos at departure gates), movable signage (which can be strategically placed), and social media are the three most effective.
Outside of the airport, press conferences or media campaigns that harness influential people in the community are also recommended as ways to increase awareness.
In 2016, the Houston Airport System, which operates George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P Hobby Airport (HOU), launched an anti-human trafficking awareness program. The team worked with customs and border protection and created a campaign that included altering public perceptions (such as via a ‘Watch for Traffick’ multimedia campaign) and improving links to support for victims, before sharing it with other municipalities to maximize the spread of awareness.
Houston Airport System, which handles around 55 million passengers a year, was praised by NGO Polaris, which called the initiative the “first comprehensive, municipal-level response to combating human trafficking”.
For Houston Airport System chief external affairs officer Saba Abashawl, promoting awareness is the most important step in the fight against human trafficking. “The more we are aware of the signs, of the impact, and what we can do to help recognize and stop human trafficking, the more weapons we have in our arsenal to combat it,” he stated in the handbook.
“Proactively preparing the people on the front lines, the dedicated people working at airports and for airlines, to be an active part of the efforts to identify and take action to stop human trafficking is an invaluable asset in reaching this important goal,” he added. “They can serve as vigilant eyes and ears and can help raise the public’s awareness.”
Another example of how an airport has raised awareness comes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in partnership with the International Human Trafficking Institute (IHTI).
Over a three-month period in 2015, it ran the Freedom Expressions project, which exhibited more than 80 pieces of artwork from students and artists. This not only attracted more than 100,000 visitors, but the project was broadcast in more than 20 countries by CNN International as it included an opening reception by the CNN Freedom Project.
One of the most visually-striking campaigns was by Toronto Crime Stoppers, of a silenced woman gagged by airline baggage tickets. These adverts are still shown at airports and offer a website link where the public can follow up for more information.
Increasing victim detection in all airports
The real-life examples, guidelines and campaign case studies offered in the handbook have been compiled to help airports combat trafficking and enhance support for passengers who are victims of these crimes.
“The safety and security of passengers remains all airports’ number one priority and the airport community is determined to work with border authorities and our partners across the world to help put a stop to the appalling crime of human trafficking,” stresses ACI World Director General Angela Gittens.
“Many of our airport members are already demonstrating their commitment to this effort and this handbook provides useful information and advice to strengthen our combined efforts in awareness, training and reporting.”
lack of available shelter for human trafficking survivors is appalling, and
virtually every shelter in the State of Colorado
is closed."said Attorney Beth
Klein of the Boulder
anti-slavery foundation, Klein Frank Foundation.But there is a glimmer of hope in Massachusetts for a
study for long term solutions.The Partnership for Freedom, a public-private
initiative aimed at ending human trafficking and modern-day slavery, has
announced the winners of its first innovation challenge, Reimagine: Opportunity.
Beth Klein Boulder Attorney and ICE Agent Carla McQuire
We need a
comprehensive and reliable system to contribute positively to the well-being
and healing of trafficking survivors by providing informed care.In Colorado
Street’s Hope was founded in 2004 as a street
outreach project to women working in the sex industry along the Colfax corridor
in Denver. Until
2008, Street’s Hope continued to provide personal support and referrals to
direct services through outreach to street-involved women.Over the last ten years, the Street's Hope
program has grown and changed, and it offers many types of services designed to
meet all adults 18+ where they are. Additionally, we now offer programming and
services in the community at several locations.
Attorney Beth Klein will be co-presenting at the American Bar Association (ABA) “Legal Rights and Needs: How Attorneys Can Help Human Trafficking Victims”
Jul 29, 2019 1 PM EDT
The panel of national human trafficking experts includes:
• Martina Vandenberg / Human Trafficking Legal Centert / Washington, DC
• Beth Klein / Attorney / Klein & Frank / Boulder, CO
• Marianna Kosharovsky / Executive Director/ ALIGHT / Denver, CO
• Jamie Duitz Quient / Free to Thrive / San Diego, CA
Topics covered include: Sex and Labor Trafficking: Federal and State Law Basics, The Array of Legal Needs of Human Trafficking Survivors, Civil Litigation in State Courts, What Lawyers Can Do to Get Involved in Anti-Trafficking Work and Tips for Attorneys Working with Human Trafficking Survivors.
Time: July 29th at 11am MT / 1pm ET. Register here.
National and global leaders have called for stronger efforts to combat and prevent human trafficking. This program will provide insight for attorneys seeking to support survivors, safeguard their rights, and advocate for consistent government response. Learn how you can be involved.
The ABA will seek 1.50 CLE general credit hours in 60-minute-hour states, and 1.80 general credit hours of CLE credit for this program in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.
For years, the Klein Frank Foundation President, Beth Klein, an attorney in Boulder has been urging the use of compassionate juvenile assessment tools to identify young victims of human trafficking. And now, these tools are being used by law enforcement and social workers very effectively.
In the 18th Judicial District in Colorado Handle With Care is a trauma-informed collaboration between local law enforcement, schools and the Juvenile Assessment Center in Douglas County. The HWC supports children exposed to trauma and violence through improved communication and community collaboration.
Handle with Care provides the school or child care agency with a "heads up" when a child has been identified at the scene of a traumatic event such as a meth lab operation, domestic violence, shootings, witnessing violent crime. A message is sent that says "Handle Johnny with care." to flag the child.
Now, teachers are being trained about the impact of trauma on a child's life and daily supporting interventions are implemented. Providing for rest, a "good-day/bad-day" check in, postponing testing, therapy dogs, are used to help kids cope with their past experiences. Kids are tracked, and care is integrated into their lives.
When a student continues to struggle with behavioral or emotional problems, the counselor or principal can refer the case to the Juvenile Assessment Center. The center employees licensed clinicians to complete family interviews and assessments. After the data is collected, the clinician meets with the youth one on one using motivational interviewing to gather the detail of the stressors in the child's life. Then, the JAC can make evidence based referrals and recommendations to bring effective resources and support to the child.
There is no question that the JAC prevents kids at risk from becoming victims of human trafficking. And with the new assessment tools designed specifically to identify victims, our state is becoming far stronger in ending this scourge.