The Past 10 Years – And The Next 10

On Thursday, December 1st, 2022, I had a slow-paced day but nothing out of the ordinary. I took my children to school and straightened up the house before turning to work tasks. In the afternoon, I presented as a Network Consultant for the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center. I shared some of the lessons The Avery Center had learned over the past two years and all the ways that survivors can lead in anti-trafficking efforts. In the afternoon, I picked up my children from school, met with a teacher, and drove them around to their after-school activities. Then we went home, let out the dog, and I made dinner. It was uneventful. It was everything I had been working towards for the past decade.

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Megan Lundstrom: Human Trafficking Survivor, Crusader and Game Changer

TAC Megan Lundstrom

30 MINUTE READ ACAMS Today, the magazine for career-minded professionals in the anti-money laundering field, speaks with Megan Lundstrom, co-founder and CEO at The Avery Center (TAC). They discuss what led to the formation of TAC, Megan’s personal human trafficking experience and how financial institutions and law enforcement can partner with human trafficking service centers…

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“Got Sold a Dream and It Turned into a Nightmare”: The Victim-Offender Overlap in Sexual Exploitation

30 MINUTE READ Pimp-controlled sex trafficking in the United States often situates a male trafficker at the top of the organization, with a female “bottom girl” as second-in-command. This victim occupies the position of victim-offender, where she is simultaneously being victimized by a trafficker while also forced to commit trafficking offenses against others in the…

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Memes don’t define missing kids

30 MINUTE READ Some anti-human-trafficking activists quote jaw-dropping statistics to define the scope of the problem and publicize details of horrific individual cases involving children, to evoke outrage and inspire public reaction. The issue of sex trafficking and the exploitation of children is large, and growing, experts said, but also is complex. It can’t be…

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Educating the community on human sex trafficking

Educating the community on human sex trafficking

20 MINUTE READ The oil and gas industry in northern Colorado is where most people are trafficked because of the high demand of commercial sex. Trucking allows incoming clients at truck stops to gain access to victims. During ski season, victims are trafficked in cities located in the Rocky Mountains. Due to the growth of…

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IBM Assists in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

15 MINUTE READ Bridging public, private and not-for-profit sectors worldwide, IBM makes technology such as Watson Discovery and Natural Language Processing available to help fight human trafficking. The Avery Center for Research & Services will be collaborating with the IBM Traffik Analysis Hub to build a database of trafficking-related data in Colorado. This “Colorado Trafficking…

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