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Purpose and background

What is this conference about?

Safe Harbor was implemented in 2014 to create a no wrong door system of services and response for sexually exploited and trafficked youth. 

This two-day conference is to take Safe Harbor to the next level by enhancing relationships and collaboration among all individuals or agencies working against sex and labor trafficking and exploitation, including survivors as partners in the response. This conference will help to define the vision for the future of Safe Harbor while continuing to embody its core values.

Conference Sponsors 

Minnesota Department of Human Services

The Child Safety and Prevention team, Child Safety and Permanency Division, offers outreach and education on child welfare response to human trafficking and exploitation. The department also administers the Safe Harbor shelter and housing funds through the Office of Economic Opportunity. As collaborators with the Minnesota Department of Health Safe Harbor team, the three designated staff at the department strive to create inclusive services and response across rural, urban and tribal areas of the state, and across all populations of potential youth victims. 

For more information, visit the department’s Safe Harbor website (

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) 

The Minnesota Legislature established the Safe Harbor program in 2013 at the Minnesota Department of Health through the creation of a director position. The MDH Safe Harbor program team is responsible for awarding and managing regional navigator and supportive services grants; seeking grant opportunities to support Safe Harbor statewide; providing training and technical assistance; conducting comprehensive program evaluations; coordinating with state and federal governments, tribal, and community-based partners; supporting locally informed protocol development; and raising public awareness

To contact the MDH Safe Harbor team, visit the Minnesota Department of Health's Safe Harbor Minnesota site.

The Enitan Story − About The Enitan Story

The Enitan Story logoEnitan means someone with a story or history. It is pronounced as any-ton. The mission of The Enitan Story (TES) is to advocate for victims and empower survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence through direct services and community engagement. TES improves life skills and increases support for survivors through training programs, peer support groups, crisis case management services, and referrals to community resources. It is located in Fridley, Minn.; contact Bukola Oriola, 763-273-6624, email

Learn more at Enitan Story website

Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC)                                                         

Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) logoThe Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center resists colonization and systemic violence by empowering Native women and their families and educating service providers throughout the state. It offers a wide array of services, including housing support, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention services, commercial sexual exploitation prevention services, ICWA/child protection support, chemical dependency treatment services, mental health services and more. Learn more at

Breaking Free

Breaking Free Logo 300 x 129Breaking Free forefronts a movement of freedom for victims of sex-trafficking, releasing them from a life of bondage and oppression into one of safety, restoration and the ability to fly with wings of dignity, truth and strength. That kind of transformation comes by real-life action.  We walk alongside them to get them where they want to be with a careful approach and survivor understanding. We are a survivor-led, victim-centered organization offering permanent supportive housing, drop-in center, emergency shelter, advocacy and case management. Learn more at


Complete the online application to be considered for a conference scholarship. Applications are due December 31. If funds remain, applications submitted later will be considered as they are received.

General conference information

  • Primary Audience: Those working to combat sex or labor trafficking or exploitation across Minnesota.
  • When: Feb. 11-12, 2020
  • Where: Breezy Point Conference Center, Breezy Point, Minnesota
  • Fee: $70 for both days, or $35 per day
  • Cancellation Policy: Full refund for cancellations prior to Jan. 31, 2020.
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