September 2019 RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.

September 12 Meeting

Human Trafficking

How does human trafficking work in Colorado?  How would law enforcement, medical personnel – or even maybe a neighbor – recognize a victim or that a crime might be happening?  How could a person intervene, or should they? Does urban human trafficking differ from rural?  And maybe most importantly, what does the media get wrong? 

Join when Brittany Austin, Program Coordinator for the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking joins us to talk about the Lab, how it got started, what they’ve learned, and how vast and underreported the problem really is.  She’ll give some examples of legislation that’s been proposed that could really impact human trafficking and examples of the kind of education and tips provided for first responders and hospitals to recognize signs that a patient might be a victim of human trafficking.  

Brittany Austin holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Work with concentrations in Mental Health and Migration Studies from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work. She completed her fieldwork with the Marjorie Kovler Center for Survivors of Torture, providing therapy for individuals seeking asylum in the United States and with the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project, providing case management and group therapeutic services to women living with HIV and AIDS. Prior to her graduate education, Brittany worked for the Taproot Foundation, where she managed a large volunteer base to complete capacity-building projects for non-profits. In her most recent role with Triggr Health, she built and oversaw a textline in the addiction recovery space that engaged thousands of vulnerable individuals in care. She is also trained in yoga and mindfulness and has spent time teaching trauma-informed classes for the Women’s Justice Program within the Cook County Department of Corrections. 

Until next meeting








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Upcoming Programs

Thursday September 12th
Program: Human Trafficking
RMMWA Contact: Laurie Walcott

Thursday October 10th
Program: RT Lawton, Surveillance Workshop
RMMWA Contact: Chris Goff

Thursday November 14th
Program: Russell Pilcher, Sierra Detection
RMMWA Contact: ZJ Czupor

Thursday December 12th: NO MEETING
(due to tentative holiday party event)

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2019 Six Word Mystery Contest

WHO CAN SUBMIT: Anyone 18 years or older. WHAT TO SUBMIT: All submissions must be in English. Use only the keys on a standard, computer keyboard (upper/lower-case letters, numbers, punctuation, basic symbols). Emojis, special symbols and other images are not allowed....

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June 2019 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor Fingerprinting in Fiction Picture Dawson’s Landing, a fictional Missouri frontier town, on the banks of the Mississippi River in the first half of the 19th century. It’s the setting for Mark Twain’s 1894 satiric crime novel, Pudd’nhead Wilson, which...

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May 2019 Mystery Minute

THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY: The Pioneering Author and The Omnipresent Title Helen Worrell Clarkson McCloy (1904-1994) was a prolific writer of mystery novels and a major influence on the genre. She wrote under the pseudonyms Helen McCloy and Helen Clarkson. She was born...

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April 2019 Mystery Minute

The Butler Did It By ZJ Czupor Tonight, we’ll examine the origins of the phrase, “the butler did it.” But first, let’s consider Arthur Conan Doyle’s (1859 – 1930) “The Musgrave Ritual” an 1893 detective story from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Though the butler was...

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March 2019 Mystery Minute

Writing the Hardy Boys series was “hack work” By ZJ Czupor After he graduated from high school in Haileybury, Ontario, Leslie McFarlane (1902 – 1977), spent the next fifty years as a writer. He produced hundreds of short stories for pulp magazines, novellas and...

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February 2019 Mystery Minute

Sweetheart Sleuths: A Valentine’s Mystery Minute By ZJ Czupor Feb. 14, 2019 The “mistress of mystery” Janet Rudolph blogging in “Mystery Fanfare” (Feb. 11, 2019), claims there are roughly eighty authors who’ve written about “sweetheart sleuths,” couples who either...

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January 2019 Mystery Minute

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