Minnesota Safe Harbor / No Wrong Door
Minnesota is a national leader in its work to legislatively mandate programs and services for sexually exploited youth under 18. The Safe Harbor legislation passed in 2011 resulted in the development of the No Wrong Door model, a multi-disciplinary statewide approach to identifying and serving minor victims and training law enforcement, child protection, social workers and others who encounter them.
As part of the state’s effort to implement Safe Harbor (put into effect in August 1, 2014), the Minnesota Department of Health has administered grants throughout the state to fund Regional Navigators for each region. Additionally, the Department of Human Services has also administered grants to four organizations across the state to provide shelter/housing and services for sexually exploited youth. Heartland Girls’ Ranch is honored to have been selected for both of these important awards.
HGR’s Regional Navigator serves as the main advocate and liaison for any referrals of sexually exploited youth in the the West Central region of Minnesota (orange area on the map) and is working with the Statewide Safe Harbor Director to develop protocols, train professionals and community members on the issue and develop a system of coordinated care.
Safe Harbor Regional Navigator (West Central Region)
Direct/Cell number: 320.979.9481
Office number: 320.843.4815
The Hearts for Freedom Resource Guide – A guide for Working with Sexually Exploited Youth and Minnesota’s Safe Harbor Law