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Trafficking Training Bill Passes CO House of Representatives

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The Colorado House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill that would increase human trafficking training for law enforcement and other organizations that provide services to human trafficking victims.

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Host Home Bill Passes State House of Representatives

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A bill aimed at improving the safety of adults with intellectual disabilities who live in host homes has passed in Colorado’s House of Representatives. A Rocky Mountain PBS investigation found cases of mistreatment, abuse, neglect, and negligence involving some Colorado host homes, including the case of Tanya Bell, who died in a 2016 fire.

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Red Flag Bill Introduced in Colorado State House

Last Updated by John Ferrugia on

A bill aimed at the safety of law enforcement and that of mentally ill persons with firearms was introduced in the Colorado legislature with both a House Democrat and Republican sponsor.

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Imminent Danger: An Insight Podcast Special

Last Updated by Leigh Paterson on

The deaths of Matthew Riehl and Deputy Zackari Parrish last New Year’s Eve are spurring a push for a so-called “red flag law” in Colorado, legislation that would allow family and friends to temporarily take guns away from loved ones during a mental health crisis.

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Parents of James Holmes Search for Answers, Work for Awareness about Mental Illness

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For six years, Bob and Arlene Holmes have been searching for answers. Why had their son, James Holmes, murdered and maimed so many people at an Aurora theater in 2012? And why had they not recognized his descent into mental illness?

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Does Colorado Need a Red Flag Law?

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Both the sheriff who lost his deputy and the mother who lost her son in a New Year’s Eve shooting in Douglas County agree on one thing: Current Colorado law made it more difficult to avoid the tragedy.

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Deadly Fire Prompts New Bill

Last Updated by Lori Jane Gliha on

A Rocky Mountain PBS investigation found cases of mistreatment, abuse, neglect, and negligence involving Colorado host homes, including the case of Tanya Bell, who died in a 2016 fire when she couldn’t escape in her wheelchair. New legislation has been introduced to improve safety standards.

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Trump Signs Law to Fight Online Prostitution

Last Updated by Philip Maravilla on

President Donald Trump signed into law today legislation that criminalizes the use of the internet to advertise prostitution and child sex trafficking.

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Indictment Alleges Backpage.com Ignored Reports of Child Trafficking

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A Phoenix grand jury indicted executives of Backpage.com, a classified ad website that unsealed court documents allege was a marketplace for prostitution and child sex trafficking.

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Backpage.com Seized by Federal Law Enforcement, Taken Offline

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The FBI, IRS and other federal law enforcement agencies seized Backpage.com, a website that advertised child sex trafficking and other illegal activity.

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