Barb Henderson | We rely on volunteers

Barb Henderson


How did you first learn about and begin working with The Avery Center?

Researching anti-trafficking organizations in Colorado, I heard Megan speak at the state capitol February 2018, and then again at the Human Trafficking Symposium. A few months later I contacted the volunteer team and jumped in with both feet in the fall. I've been on the team since August 2018.


What do you think sets The Avery Center apart from other organizations in this sector?

There are very few direct service organizations who are supporting the needs of survivors while reaching out to those who are still in the sex trade or in the process of exiting. In addition, the Avery Center has been changing the culture and conversation surrounding trafficking and survivor support, training professionals across the state and beyond, researching and creating data-driven practices, and uniting strong collaborators in the movement.


What's your favorite part/the most fulfilling part of your role?

Seeing a spark fan into a formidable, unstoppable force toward ending trafficking and supporting survivors toward freedom and becoming advocates themselves.


What do you enjoy doing when you're not at The Avery Center?

Working as an anti-trafficking advocate for one of our partner organizations, BridgeHope, enjoying my family, and the beautiful Colorado outdoors.


What advice would you give someone who wants to join our team of superstars?

Come as you are! What you love to do and who you are now has value to meet needs in this organization and to support the vision and mission. No need to know everything about trafficking and the anti-trafficking movement. You can bring positive change right where you are!


Favorite book/audiobook/podcast:

A Praying Life and Praying Backwards are game changers for me in living life and working hard where I do.


TV show you're hooked on:

I never stop chuckling or enjoying as "background" chatter two oldies: Psych and Monk. A weird way to be reminded that in the midst of "crime" that all is right in the world as well.

I have an amazing husband who not only supports me "following my dream" working in this sector, but has contributed his time and skill set a number of times as he loves using who he is to help others and see a mission move forward. Thanks hun!

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