Safe Harbor For All Strategic Planning Process

The Advocates are currently working together with Rainbow Research and the University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center to facilitate the statewide Safe Harbor for All strategic planning process. The process was mandated by the Minnesota Legislature to identify the most appropriate and effective response for adults impacted by sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, as well as other harms that are caused by the criminalization of prostitution.

The strategic planning process includes input from stakeholders, review of relevant literature, and analysis of existing data. The plan will address relevant criminal issues, availability and access to prevention and intervention services for adult victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking, unintended consequences, and identification of intersections with other areas of oppression.

Our strategic plan will focus on two groups:

  1. People with personal experience in trading or selling sex, which includes adult victims and survivors of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, and sex workers
  2. Systems professionals with expertise on sex trading and trafficking, which include law enforcement, prosecutors, social service providers, advocates and more.

The legislation also mandates statewide input from people of all genders and sexual orientations, racial and ethnic communities, immigrants and new Americans, tribally affiliated individuals, and more.

The Strategic Planning Team invites knowledgeable experts to participate in the community engagement portion of the plan. We are conducting individual and group confidential interviews, as well as Art-of-Hosting style interviews. Anyone age 18 and older with personal experience selling or trading sex, and anyone whose work connects them with these issues, should consider sharing their perspective. Safety, confidentiality, and respect are of utmost importance to our strategic planning team.

If you are interested in sharing your perspective, please call our interview intake line at (612) 703-9227, or email info@rainbowresearch.org.

For more information, visit the UROC site or join our mailing list.