From Concept to Reality: Developing a Statewide Multidisciplinary Response to Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking

Sarah Florman, MPA | September 19 | 10:15-11:15 AM

Topic: Direct Service, Programming | Knowledge Level: Intermediate, Advanced | Location: TBD

Minnesota has made ground-breaking strides in legislation and service provision for sexually exploited and trafficked youth. In 2018, the state initiated a project, led by the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA), to coordinate five multidisciplinary teams across Minnesota working to develop community-specific protocols for the response to victim/survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking. The presentation will describe the 18-month protocol development process, including successes and lessons learned from the pilot sites. The presenter will focus on practical skills and techniques for the development of tailored protocols that reflect the unique needs of each community, as well as best practices for team formation and process. The presentation will culminate in the introduction of the Safe Harbor Protocol Development Guidebook, a combination training manual and template developed by MNCASA that participants can adapt and customize to fit their localized response.

Presentation Objectives:

·  Explain and demonstrate the need for community-specific response protocols

·  Describe the design process for development of response protocols

·  Present tools and resources to develop and implement community-based protocols in your region

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