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Wednesday | February 12, 2020

Conference purpose 

Safe Harbor has been implemented for five years to create a no wrong door system of services and response for sexually exploited and trafficked youth. The purpose of this two-day conference is to take Safe Harbor to the next level in Minnesota by enhancing relationships and collaboration between all individuals or agencies working against labor trafficking, sex trafficking or sexual exploitation while including survivors as partners in the response. This conference will help to define the vision for the future of Safe Harbor in Minnesota while continuing to embody the core values of Safe Harbor. 

7:00 — 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast and day two registration

Breakfast is provided in the Marina Room

8:30 — 8:45 a.m. | Welcome to day two from Safe Harbor leadership team

8:45 — 10 a.m. | Plenary Session

Expanding Our Garden Through the Voices of Our Relatives

Speaker: Nicole Matthews bio >>

The seeds that were planted by the stories of survival of our Indigenous relatives, helped to grow the work to address the trafficking of Indigenous people. From the Garden of Truth report, to streams of funding and multiple new resources and policies. This keynote will lift up our relatives' voices to share new work that has been created to address sex trafficking of our Indigenous people.

10 — 10:45 a.m. | Plenary Session

Minnesota Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force

Speaker:  Nigel Perrote bio >>

In this session, the presenter will provide an overview of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s MMIW Task Force. As part of the presentation, the presenter will provide a comprehensive rundown of the purpose of the task force, its goals and objectives, and finally an update on its work so far. This session will be largely informational.

10:45 — 11 a.m. | Break

11 a.m. — 12 p.m. | Breakout Session 4

12 — 1 p.m. | Lunch

Lunch is provided in the Minnesota room

1:15 — 2:15 p.m. | Breakout Session 5

2:15 — 2:30 p.m. | Break

2:30 — 3:30 p.m. | Plenary Session

Improving outcomes: effective collaboration with survivor-leaders

Speakers: Honorable Harold D’Souza, Honorable Robert Lung, Honorable Ronny Marty and Honorable Bukola Oriola bios

Survivor-leaders and survivor-led organizations bring experiential values unique to the work on combating both sex and labor trafficking. This presentation shares insights from four survivor-leaders appointed to the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. The session focuses on how to improve outcomes by collaborating effectively in a trauma and survivor informed manner as a state agency and mainstream nonprofit organizations. It also focuses on the challenges experienced by survivor-leaders and how effective collaboration with these specialized agencies can help the overall goal of Safe Harbor.

3:30 — 4 p.m. | Closing remarks, drum ceremony, evaluations

Conference Evaluation

Human Trafficking in Minnesota − Safe Harbor Systems Moving Forward

Full conference evaluation >>


This conference is produced under #2016-MU-MU-K153, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this conference are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the U.S. Department of Justice. 
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