Finding How to Fit: Positive Impacts of Fitness and Wellness Programming for Survivors of Human Trafficking


While walking alongside survivors of trafficking, it is imperative that we offer holistic health services. We are becoming increasingly aware of the nature of trauma and how it is stored in the body. Through physical fitness, we can help survivors to release stress and trauma from their bodies. Exercise has been proven to reduce anxiety and calm the body and brain. Along with a trauma-informed instructor, exercise can be a beneficial aspect of the healing process.

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Taking a Look Behind The Other Board

When first starting this project, I had only a little bit of knowledge of sex trafficking and all it entailed. I gained an internship opportunity with The Avery Center inputting data from (TOB). I had never heard of this site before and had only a general idea of what it was. TOB is an online forum and review site where buyers of commercial sex can leave a review of the person they paid for along with the details of the encounter. It’s also home to a forum where TOB members can post about almost anything. My job was to search down active members on the site and gather as much information about them as possible.

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Disrupting the Dichotomous Narrative: This Isn’t About “Good Guys” Versus “Bad Guys”

I have been involved in the anti-trafficking movement for several years, walking alongside survivors and those I lovingly refer to as “powerfrau” women leaders, along with some outstanding male allies as well. Over the course of this time, I have come to realize that when it comes to men getting involved in this issue, we still have a lot to learn. Often, men describe themselves in relation to other men – the “bad guys.” Men who want to get involved are good guys; men who are buyers are bad guys. The more I listen and learn about how to effectively engage men in this fight, the more I believe that this dichotomy is flawed. This movement is not about self-ascribed status related to good or bad; it is about informed versus uninformed. How do I know that? Because I was one until I became the other.

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The Avery Center expands services for sex trafficking survivors in Northern Colorado

The Avery Center has been awarded a federal grant in 2020 from the Department of Health and Human Services that will allow for an expansion of services and innovations in digital outreach. We will use this funding to expand sex trafficking victim services and community engagement in Northern Colorado. The grant will achieve these goals by providing trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and linguistically appropriate comprehensive care management services.

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Tough is Not Bad

The other morning, I pulled a coffee cup out of the dishwasher, only to discover it was still dirty after going through a full wash cycle, due to a lack of adequate rinsing before loading. I sighed and reached for another, only to find that one was in the same condition. My daughter was going to need yet another refresher on rinsing and loading protocol. Clearly, just verbal instruction wasn’t enough. She needed a hands-on demonstration and direct supervision through the steps. As we went through the steps for the hundredth time in the past three years, my mind wandered to our job program, and how important it was there to model and practice healthy habits in the moment, not merely instruct from afar and hope for the best.

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Survivors and Allied Professionals

While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at the local, national and global levels will not be fully understand for several years, most of the human rights and social service industry-leaders have issued statements projecting the social and economic implications that business closures and physical-distancing mandates could have on already-vulnerable and marginalized populations.  The United Nations published their policy brief titled The Impact of COVID-19 on Women.  Ultimately, the brief highlighted the critical nature of centering women’s voices in disaster relief efforts and adaptations to education and employment environments.

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