Our thanks to everyone for participating and making this important conference a success!

Efforts to enhance Minnesota’s system for fighting juvenile sex trafficking in communities across Minnesota were the focus of a two-day conference at the Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria on April 24 - 25 that was attended by more than 200 participants from county government, law enforcement and community advocacy groups.

Presented by the Association of Minnesota Counties and the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, the primary goal of the Safe Harbor Kickoff Conference was to facilitate each community building its own multi-disciplinary team and approach to combating human trafficking.

"Elected Officials Breakout Session"
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About Safe Harbor

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What's Next?

What is Safe Harbor?

Children are sold for sex every day, throughout Minnesota, in towns and cities, at truck stops and motels, in cabins, apartments, and houses.

Although these children regularly interact with law enforcement, child protection, corrections, schools, medical facilities, social service agencies, and others, they are often overlooked or misidentified.

Minnesota’s Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Law (effective August 1, 2014) is designed to ensure that juveniles who are sexually exploited or at risk of exploitation are treated as victims under Minnesota law.

Safe Harbor creates a system of response called “No Wrong Door” to identify child victims of sexual exploitation and move them towards recovery and healing, while holding the true criminals – the traffickers and purchasers of these children – responsible for their actions.

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If you have any questions about the handouts above or need more information, please contact Beatriz Menanteau.

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Sex Trafficking 101: Modern-Day Slavery in Our Community

For more information, please contact:

Beatriz Menanteau, Advocates for Human Rights

Noelle Volin, Breaking Free

Sgt. Ray Gainey, St. Paul Police Department


Minnesota’s Response: How We Got Here

For more information, please contact:

Jeff Bauer, Director of Public Policy, Family Partnership

Michele Garnett McKenzie, Advocates for Human Rights


Minnesota’s Response: Where We Go From Here

For more information, please contact:

Lauren Ryan, Statewide Safe Harbor Director

Caroline Palmer, Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA)


Safe Harbor Statewide Model Protocol Project

For more information, please contact:

Lauren Ryan, Statewide Safe Harbor Director

What’s Next In the Coming Months?
  • Systems professionals from throughout the state will help develop a statewide model protocol for identifying and intervening with
    sexually exploited and trafficked youth;

  • Attendees at regional conferences will build a collaborative, customized approach in every part of the state; and

  • Law enforcement and prosecutors will receive extensive, specialized training.

  • Share what you have learned with colleagues, peers and community members and encourage participation in future conferences and trainings.

Visit the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force online at www.mnhttf.org.

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Blue Earth County Commissioner Vance Stuehrenberg, a  former law enforcement officer and current AMC secretary/treasurer being interviewed on local TV about MnSUNSET.

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