(FY16, FY19, AND FY22)

Minnesota Department of Health

Minnesota’s Safe Harbor Expansion to Improve Outcomes for Trafficked Children and Youth Project

The Minnesota Department of Health was awarded FY16, FY19, and FY22 Improving Outcomes grants. Minnesota outlined the following systems-level barriers to identifying and assisting child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking: absence of a system-wide youth and minor labor trafficking response, limited anti-trafficking response in tribal nations, absence of systematic tools and coordination to identify child and youth victims, and few resources for foreign national and tribal youth.

Through the FY16 grant funding, Minnesota developed the Labor Trafficking Protocol Guidelines (LTPG); created the Minnesota Youth Trafficking and Exploitation Identification (MYTEI) tool and guide based on an existing identification tool; established and enhanced relationships with tribal nations across the state to implement trafficking responses; and laid the groundwork for future anti-trafficking collaboration across the state.

The FY19 grant strengthened MN’s response to human trafficking. The key FY19 grant activities included: development and implementation of labor trafficking (LT) protocols for law enforcement through the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA); hiring an Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) specialist for a Tribal-specific and culturally responsive child welfare response to HT at DHS; promoting and validating the MYTEI tool; and supporting opportunities for survivor subject matter experts. The Minnesota Safe Harbor Expansion to Improve Outcomes for Trafficking Children and Youth Project builds upon previous Improving Outcomes FY2016 and FY2019 funded projects. This iteration will improve its trauma responsiveness by law enforcement, build state-tribal partnerships, and facilitate collaboration across Minnesota state- based systems.

Minnesota State Highlight

The Minnesota Improving Outcomes team is taking a collaborative approach to address human trafficking in tribal communities. This strategy includes partnering with the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Office and funding regional navigator positions tasked with providing culturally specific services for indigenous trafficking victims. By centering state-wide activities around tribal partnership, the Minnesota Improving Outcomes team promotes a statewide anti-trafficking approach that is responsive to the needs of tribal communities.

Minnesota Resources

Minnesota Youth Trafficking and Exploitation Identification Tool and Guide

Created for professionals who work with youth to help identify minors who have experienced, or may be experiencing, human trafficking or exploitation. The tool includes...

Labor Trafficking Protocol Guidelines

Offers comprehensive guidance for state and local governments, service providers, community organizations, and others to address labor trafficking, protect and support victims, and hold traffickers...

Safe Harbor Protocol Guidelines

Developed to meet the needs of communities desiring best practices to draw upon during the protocol development process, as well as professionals and agencies lacking...

HT and Exploitation Informational Guides

These guides were created for four different audiences: the general public, caregivers, law enforcement, and the media. The general guide includes information on the definition...

Process for Safe Harbor Engagement with Subject Matter Experts

Includes a step-by-step process of engaging any kind of subject matter expert (including survivor experts). Intended to be a checklist and a reference for ensuring...

Safe Harbor Values for Engaging Subject Matter Experts

Discusses 12 values related to working with survivor experts. These values, which were created to help guide Minnesota’s Improving Outcomes staff and partners in their...