Sunday, October 27, 2019

The Beginning of a Task Force

The Glenwood 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.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Beth Klein Discusses the ACI Human-Trafficking Report
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;
  • public awareness;
  • 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.”

Monday, May 6, 2019

Shelters for Human Trafficking Survivors


"The 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 Attorney
Beth Klein Boulder Attorney and ICE Agent Carla McQuire

With funding provided by Humanity United, Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Women initiative, and the Righteous Persons Foundation, the two winning projects will receive a total of $1.77 million to pilot their solutions. MGH Freedom Clinic, a project of Massachusetts General Hospital's Human Trafficking Initiative, was awarded $600,000 to establish a model of comprehensive primary and preventative health care services for victims of trafficking, while the Safe Shelter Collaborative — whose partners include the Polaris Project, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, and Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup Global— will receive $1.17 million to expand access to supportive shelters for trafficking survivors. To that end, the project will use technology to locate and provide immediate shelter services for survivors while working to broaden the base of organizations that can provide shelter and support. The public-private partnership also includes the U.S. Departments of JusticeHealth and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development.
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.



Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Beth Klein Attorney ABA Training Victim’s Rights

Attorney Beth Klein will be co-presenting at the American Bar Association (ABA) “Legal Rights and Needs: How Attorneys Can Help Human Trafficking Victims” 

Beth Klein Boulder Attorney ABA Training

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.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Compassionate Juvenile Assessment Tools and the JAC

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.



Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Texas Training and the Problem of Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking


The winner of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Women’s ENewsAward, attorney Beth Klein is the managing shareholder at Boulder, Colorado-based Klein Frank, P.C. In addition, attorney Beth Klein heads the Klein Frank Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Boulder that offers training to build leadership skills and raise awareness of the issues involved in human trafficking.   The 2019 Congress is taking steps to raise awareness and identify victims of human trafficking.

Homeland Security estimates that millions of people all over the world, including the United States, are trafficked. The crime produces profits in the billions of dollars annually. Among transnational crimes, only drug trafficking generates a greater profit than human trafficking.

One good piece of news from the 2019 Congress, A bipartisan group of senators and Congress members introduced a bill Tuesday to fund the Interdiction for the Protection of Children program as a pilot project, training federal, state, local and tribal officers in how to spot possible trafficking victims and collecting data that will measure the program’s effectiveness.  This program was designed by the State of Texas which has been a model for sharing data and collaboration. 


  1. The signs  include.  
  2. Does the child look to others before answering questions?
  3. Do they know where they’re going or where they’ve been?
  4. Do they have large amounts of cash or prepaid phone cards, hotel keys, sex paraphernalia or slips of paper with phone numbers and dollar amounts?
  5. Seems anxious, fearful or paranoid.  Avoids eye contact.
  6. Tearfulness or signs of depression.
  7. Unexplained bruises or cuts or other signs of physical abuse.
  8. Appears to be in a relationship with someone who is dominating.
  9. Never is alone and/or always has someone translating or answering questions on their behalf.
  10. Not in control of their own finances.
  11. Presents with secrecy or unable to answer questions about where they live. 
  12. Inconsistent details when telling their story. 
  13. Has no identification such as a license, passport or other ID documents.Inability to leave their job or residence.  
  14. Says they cannot schedule appointments.
  15. Being a recent arrival to the United States and does not speak English.
  16. Is under 18 and providing commercial sex acts.  
  17. Or at any age unwillingly providing commercial sex acts. 
  18. Is afraid of law enforcement or receiving help from an outside entity.