MN Girls Are Not For Sale: Help end the sex trafficking of Minnesota girls
Since 1983, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has invested in social change to achieve equality for all women and girls. Our work to advance safety and security – our largest area of grantmaking – and stories from our grantee-partners and colleagues in the state’s criminal justice system informed our growing concern about the sex trafficking of Minnesota girls.
In 2010, we took action on our concern by partnering with the Women’s Funding Network in the national roll-out of “A Future, Not a Past,” a program modeled on Georgia’s successful campaign to stop the sex trafficking of girls in that state. Minnesota is one of several states implementing this model that will yield national strategies to end domestic minor sex trafficking.
At the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, we have an ethos of listening and responding to community concerns. We believe that problems and solutions are found in the same place, and to create a statewide solution, you need statewide partners. So we convened over 100 stakeholders – donors, elected officials, state agencies, advocates, corporations, law enforcement, judges, faith communities, and many others – to create a strategic, comprehensive blueprint to combat the sex trafficking of Minnesota girls.
The result? MN Girls Are Not For Sale – a five year, $5 million campaign launched in November 2011 to galvanize the resources to end the sex trafficking of girls in Minnesota through grantmaking, research, public education and convening.
- We’ll redefine sex-trafficked girls under 18 as victims of a crime and ensure access to housing and treatment.
- We’ll decrease the demand.
- We’ll raise awareness and engage the public until there is zero tolerance for the sex trafficking of girls.
We’re making grants to change state laws to recognize girls under 18 who’ve been sex trafficked as victims of a crime, not criminals; ensure that advocates can create and sustain housing and treatment for survivors; develop a statewide intervention model of safety that connects law enforcement, prosecutors, investigators, and advocates; train youth outreach service professionals; and educate youth about sex trafficking prevention.