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IT’S A WRAP: State Legislature approves $2.8 million for Safe Harbor… Roper-Batker: “An underfunded and incomplete victory”
(May 21, 2013 – Minneapolis) — In a final hours before the mandated deadline last night, the Minnesota Legislature passed its budget, which included $2.8 million to fund the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth legislation. The original funding request to the Legislature was $13.5 million.
Of the $2.8 million approved for Safe Harbor:
- $2 million will be dedicated to housing and services for sex-trafficked youth.
- $800,000 will create a Safe Harbor Training Fund to ensure that law enforcement and other front-line personnel, statewide, have the training they need to identify child sex trafficking victims and to aggressively investigate and prosecute traffickers.
“We achieved what I’m calling an ‘underfunded and incomplete victory.’ We came out with a total of $2.8 million of the $13.5 million requested for Safe Harbor. This is a good start, but not nearly the amount needed to to provide housing and trauma treatment for sex-trafficked children in Minnesota,” said Lee Roper-Batker, president and CEO of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. “I thank people and communities across the state for standing with us and for standing up for every sex-trafficked child still out there. This journey isn’t over — we are determined to ensure that Safe Harbor is fully funded by our state, ultimately.”
IT’S A BRAND NEW DAY – 2013 is a HUGE year of growth and change for the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota: we officially turn 30 in October, and on May 11, we move into a brand new office space in the Crown Roller Building! We recognized that these events provided the perfect opportunity to launch a new website and review our brand to see if it strongly and accurately communicated who we are today and what we aspire to be in the future.