Safe Harbor, Sex Trafficking, and Sexually Exploited Youth
For the first time, Minnesota youth who engage in prostitution are viewed as victims and survivors, not criminals. They will be treated with dignity and respect, and directed to supportive services, and shelter and housing that meet their needs and recognize their right to make their own choices. Sexual exploitation of youth in Minnesota is commonly overlooked, misidentified as something else and undocumented. As part of Minnesota's Safe Harbor Law and No Wrong Door model, each region of the state has a Regional Navigator for the main points of contact for sexually exploited youth and concerned agencies throughout Minnesota. Navigators are responsible for connecting youth with services and serving as regional experts for communities. Youth, educators, service providers, law enforcement, and community members are encouraged to contact the navigator in your area if you are working with a young person who may be sexually exploited or to be connected with training to learn more about the sexual exploitation of youth. Victim Services of Olmsted County is the base program for the South East MN Regional Navigator. Additionally, we have a prevention specialist/volunteer coordinator staff to provide training, prevention programming, and further assistance with protocol development and implementation.
To learn more about Safe Harbor, please visit:
State of MN Department of Health: Safe Harbor
The Advocates for Human Rights: Safe Harbor Resource Pack
What can our Safe Harbor Staff do for you?