- Representatives from MNHTTF accepting the “Organization of the Year” Award in 2014
Since its inception, the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force has had a strong legacy leading, supporting and organizing initiatives aimed at improving Minnesota’s response to human trafficking.
Highlights of the achievements of MNHTTF include:
- Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force named “Organization of The Year” by the Minnesota Women’s Consortium.
- The Minnesota State Legislature designated $2.8 million dollars to fund part of the No Wrong Door model that will effectively respond to sexually exploited youth in the state. Amendments to the Safe Harbors for Sexually Exploited Youth law passed, extending Safe Harbor provisions to all youth under the age of 18.
- The Safe Harbor Working Group develops the No Wrong Door Model for serving sexually exploited youth.
- Minnesota passed the Safe Harbors for Sexually Exploited Youth law which includes protections for children who are commercially sexually exploited and clarifies that sexually exploited children are crime victims, not criminals. The law will go into effect August 2014.
- The Advocates for Human Rights received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs to develop and implement a training for county attorneys on how to use the new law, and The Minnesota Women’s Foundation launched the MN Girls Are Not For Sale Campaign.
- Amendments are passed that strengthen Minnesota’s sex trafficking legislation, enabling law enforcement to better hold perpetrators accountable.
- Legislation establishing the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force is passed.
- The first anti-trafficking laws are passed in Minnesota.