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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