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Minnesota Human Trafficking Watch

The Minnesota Human Trafficking Watch is a group of people and agencies concerned about the horrific sex and labor trafficking activities in the State of Minnesota. The Watch coordinates trainings, conducts public education and outreach, and provides comprehensive services to victims of trafficking in the State of Minnesota. The Watch collaborates with law enforcement to make sure that trafficking victims receive resources they need to be safe.

The 2003 Innocence Lost National Initiative identified the Twin Cities as the thirteenth most trafficked area within the United States.  The FBI recently estimated that in Minnesota, approximately 100 girls under the age of eighteen are sold into sex trafficking each month. Minnesota is particularly affected by trafficking because we are a border state and we have large international ports.

How the MN Trafficking Watch helps victims of human trafficking:  Services including medical, dental, and psychological assistance, legal aid, shelter, ESL, vocational counseling, transportation, translation, food, and incidentals for pre-certified international trafficking victims are provided under a grant from the United States Department of Justice. We also provide similar services for certified trafficking victims are covered on a very time limited basis by a subcontract with the United States Counsel Of Catholic Bishops.

A grant from Breaking Free allows Civil Society and Minnesota Trafficking Watch to provide outreach to international trafficking victims.  Civil Society also has a contract with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fund some of our outreach to human trafficking victims.  Minnesota Trafficking Watch and Civil Society were given a grant by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice programs for ten trafficking screening clinics throughout Minnesota, so that our outreach extends beyond the Twin Cities area.  Office of Justice Programs  gave another grant to Civil Society to enable us to provide Language Line Assisted Trafficking Crisis and Tip Line to victims.

Become a Part of the MN Human Trafficking Watch!

With grants from the Office for Victims of Crime, United States Department of Justice, Civil Society, a Minnesota non-profit, Civil Society was able to launch the long awaited Minnesota Human Trafficking Watch. The Minnesota Human Trafficking Watch is a group of people and agencies who are concerned about the horrific sex and labor trafficking going on in the State of Minnesota. The Watch coordinates trainings, conducts public education and outreach and provides comprehensive services to victims of trafficking in the State of Minnesota. The Watch collaborates with law enforcement to make sure that trafficking victims receive resources that they need to be safe and to get traffickers prosecuted.

Our primary goals for Minnesota Human Trafficking Watch are:
• Offer a comprehensive victim services model to address the unique needs of human trafficking victims in Minnesota;
• Raise public awareness of human trafficking through outreach and training for those who may encounter victims;
• Train professionals, individuals, and agencies about resources for trafficking victims.

You can be part of the Minnesota Human Trafficking Watch!  Fill out this form as a PDF and mail, fax or e-mail it to us.

When you become part of the Minnesota Human Trafficking Watch, you will be contacted
about trainings, educational events about trafficking and opportunities for volunteers.