Colorado human trafficking outreach campaign receives regional Emmy award

Pevita Lena

A state outreach campaign focused on educating the public and providing support for victims of human trafficking in Colorado received a regional Emmy award this year.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Heartland Chapter awarded the Colorado Human Trafficking Council a regional Emmy award in the public service announcement category during its 35th Annual Heartland Regional Emmy Awards ceremony on July 17. The Heartland Chapter includes Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming.

“The Council is honored to receive such accolades, which help elevate our public messages and our mission,” said Maria Trujillo, program manager for the Human Trafficking Program within the Department of Public Safety. “Since 2017 the Council has been fortunate to work with the Orange Circle Consulting team to build a campaign that not only educates the public but provides access to resources for people experiencing human trafficking.”


The Colorado Human Trafficking Council, which kicked off its campaign in late 2020, is housed within the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice’s Office for Victims Programs. The media campaign included TV, radio and social media ads in both English and Spanish and discussed things to look out for in certain industries including agriculture, hospitality, construction and sales.

Sex traffickers often target people who appear vulnerable to exploitation, according to the campaign’s website. Circumstances that make people more vulnerable include poverty, housing instability, addiction or substance use, previous trauma and lack of social and institutional support.

In addition to the Emmy award, the campaign received recognition from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, according to a press release. The Telly Awards also honored the campaign in two categories.

The Colorado Human Trafficking Council was created by legislation passed in 2014, which established a 35-person council with representation from a wide range of groups including state agencies, law enforcement, prosecutors, nonprofits, regional coalitions and task forces, legal services, victim service providers, academia and faith-based organizations, according to its website.

A social media ad from 2020, provided by the Colorado Human Trafficking Council.

To report or get help, call 866-455-5075 to reach the state’s 24/7 human-trafficking hotline and resource directory. The repository of resources is managed by the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, a Colorado-based nonprofit organization. 

The hotline was created to connect individuals experiencing exploitation, individuals reporting potential human trafficking tips, and service providers in search of referral resources with available support services in a safe and anonymous manner, according to its website. You can also text the Colorado Human Trafficking Hotline at 720-999-9724 between noon and midnight Mountain Time.

To learn more about the Colorado Human Trafficking Council’s campaign, visit

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