By : MHYSA DRAGON
Founder, Chris Hadnagy, in connection with work that he was doing for his company Social-Engineer, LLC, had the opportunity to work on a few cases that helped track and capture predators who trafficked and exploited children. Some of these cases hit him very hard. He saw the impact that these crimes had on innocent people, and he wanted to do something about it.
In 2014, Free Our Girls was founded and the organization began delivering their Human Trafficking Awareness, Prevention & Response Training, the curriculum that was used to train most northern Colorado agencies, organizations, and community groups prior to the Colorado Human Trafficking Council’s statewide standardized curriculum was released in 2017. After hosting the first and second annual Human Trafficking Awareness Weeks at the University of Northern Colorado, and extensively training the region, service provider referrals began to come in with requests for mentor-ship, referrals, legal services, mental and physical health care, housing, and employment for victims and survivors now being identified in the area.