As we look forward to hosting Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on February 4, 2018, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and our partners in advocacy, law enforcement, and the business community statewide welcome the opportunity to champion our nationally recognized statewide response to end sex trafficking.
We know—from the research we commissioned—that while the Super Bowl may temporarily increase the likelihood for trafficking in a host city, the event is no different than other large public events.
Together, we remain focused on ending sexual exploitation in Minnesota 365 days a year.
As co-chairs of Minnesota’s 2018 Super Bowl Anti-Sex Trafficking Committee, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, Hennepin County, and Ramsey County are leading the statewide effort to confront this daily reality and increase awareness of the issue. We are working in partnership with more than 40 anti-sex trafficking organizations, including advocates, victim/survivor service providers, law enforcement agencies, businesses, cities, counties, and victims/survivors.
Our goal is to use this extra attention to:
- Offer enhanced services (additional shelter beds, expanded drop-in center services and staffing) for sex trafficking victims in Minnesota.
- Train hotel and transportation workers in identifying the signs of sex trafficking.
- Conduct a public education campaign to build awareness and create new allies.
- Develop a replicable model to use during future large events in this community and to share with other cities.
Our Groundbreaking Model
By investing in annual statewide grantmaking, research, and policy, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota drives gender equity and builds pathways to economic security for women and girls who experience the greatest disparities in outcomes.
As a result of efforts funded through our Minnesota Girls Are Not for Sale campaign, we were the first state in the nation to create and fund a statewide comprehensive plan—$13.1 million to date—to end sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Whether you want to increase awareness, host an event, get your business involved, or make a gift there are many ways to show your support.
About the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
The Women’s Foundation invests in innovation to create a world of equal opportunity where women and girls – and all people – hold the power to create safe, prosperous lives.