Join Someplace Safe for the Blue Campaign on January 14th!
What is Human Trafficking? Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking generates many billions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime.
Human trafficking is a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to seek help due to fear of the traffickers. Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. They look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, and lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability.
Someplace Safe Provides Specialized Services for Trafficked and Sexually Exploited Youth. In 2015, Someplace Safe was awarded funding from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) as a Safe Harbor supportive services grantee. As such, Someplace Safe offers victim-centered services specifically designed to heal the trauma experienced by Minnesota’s sexually exploited and trafficked youth. Someplace Safe offers services throughout our 9-county service area, taking into account culture, gender and unique needs of each youth and their family, while ensuring that these services are easily accessible. Over the past 2 years, Someplace Safe has supported 79 youth, as well as their friends, family, and support systems, through targeted services in the Safe Harbor program.
Additionally, Someplace Safe was selected by MDH to receive funding for a Regional Navigator position. The Someplace Safe Regional Navigator’s role is to identify and coordinate current and emerging services available to youth as well as to help systems identify and assist at-risk, sexually exploited and trafficked youth age 24 and under. Regional Navigators also help to facilitate creation and development of processes for how local, county and state systems will improve their responses for these youth. Regional Navigators serve as experts for local communities, and are the main points of contact for training, information and referrals, and protocol implementation for this program. Someplace Safe’s Regional Navigator position covers a 19-county region in West Central Minnesota, including: Big Stone, Becker, Chippewa, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, McLeod, Meeker, Otter Tail, Pope, Renville, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin, and Yellow Medicine Counties.
In Honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Join Someplace Safe for the
Blue Campaign to End Human Trafficking on January 14th, 2018.
This January, Someplace Safe willpartner with our communities to raise awareness of human trafficking happening locally by promoting the Blue Campaign. This campaign is an effort by the Department of Homeland Security to combat human trafficking in the United States. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government and private organizations, and community members, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic human right of freedom, and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice. Through the Blue Campaign, communities are encouraged to raise public awareness about human trafficking, leverage partnerships, educate the public to recognize human trafficking, and report suspected instances.
On Sunday, January 14th, 2018, Someplace Safe will observe the Blue Campaign. We invite you to join us by wearing blue as a symbol of solidarity and support for victims and survivors of human trafficking. Posters, stickers, and other materials are available upon request to help you spread the word about the Blue Campaign. If you choose, you may also pledge a few dollars in support of the campaign and local survivors. Pledges may be mailed to Someplace Safe at P.O. Box 815, Fergus Falls, MN 56538-0815, or dropped off at your local Someplace Safe office.
For more information about the Blue Campaign, or to request materials, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in a presentation on human trafficking or sexual exploitation please visit www.someplacesafe.info and complete the online presentation request form.
If you or someone you know is experiencing human trafficking, please contact your local Someplace Safe office, or call our 24-hour crisis line at 1-800-974-3359.
Accessible Services available, including: interpreters, live-chat, and text options.
For more information and resources on human trafficking, visit: https://traffickingresourcecenter.org/
For more information on the Blue Campaign, visit: https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign
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