A decade later: Safe Harbor’s evolution in ending sexual exploitation and abuse
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi will talk about the early days of the movement for Safe Harbor in Minnesota, including the press conference he hosted in February 2011 which helped galvanize awareness and momentum. There, County Attorney Choi and several colleagues announced they would no longer charge youth who were being trafficked as delinquents, but instead, adopt a victim-centered approach, recognizing them as children in need of protection and services.
He then focused his leadership collaborating with the broad coalition of advocates, law enforcement partners and victim/survivors marshaled by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota to raise awareness, pass the Safe Harbor law, change systems of response and secure sustainable funding to provide the resources victim/survivors need to heal and rebuild their lives.
County Attorney Choi will reflect on this journey, the victories we’ve won together, and the path that lies ahead in combatting sex trafficking and other forms of domestic and sexual violence in Minnesota.