Presentations, Technical Assistance, Screenings, Referrals
Safe Harbour Coordinator
Safe Harbour offers educational presentations on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and Child Trafficking, advice for engaging youth in conversations about trafficking, screening youth for trafficking, and assistance navigating the NYS Confirmation Process. All other questions welcomed!
Case Management/Youth Outreach/Prevention
Click here to refer a youth to Safe Harbour’s Case Management program.
Prevention Educator/Case Manager
Across multiple social service agencies, our understanding of the scope and dynamics of children who are sexually exploited and trafficked for labor is evolving. We continue to obtain more information from other organizations and related awareness campaigns involving internet safety, cyberbullying, sexting, suicide prevention and domestic violence. As the conversation continues, we must act now to build the comprehensive and coordinated response acknowledging the needs of our most vulnerable youth.
The Safe Harbour initiative calls on all of us to help achieve the outcomes most critical to youth’s successful transition to safety. Our Critical Team has been focusing on developing and sustaining local referral pathways to best meet the needs of trafficked, exploited, and at-risk youth.
To respond effectively, it is essential that the Outreach and Prevention Education program adapt strategies designed to target factors contributing to youth's vulnerability to exploitation and trafficking. These include family relations, social and economic circumstances, abusive histories, mental health and substance use disorders, social media networks, as well as involvement with the juvenile delinquency, criminal justice and child welfare systems. According to Covenant House, a New York City provider of services to homeless youth, almost a quarter of youth have been a victim of sex trafficking or have engaged in survival sex with 48% of youth having done so because they did not have a safe place to stay.
We provide direct outreach to trafficked, exploited, and at-risk youth who are particularly vulnerable and link them to services as needed. This includes youth whose families have been trafficked, immigrants, undocumented minors, youth who identify as LGBTQ, homeless youth, PINS, youth on probation or those involved in foster care. Family conflict and rejection around sexual orientation and gender identify needs to be addressed. Up to 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ. According to Covenant House, these youth are 3-7x more likely to engage in survival sex to meet basic needs such as food, shelter, drugs, and toiletries. It's imperative to understand not only how age and developmental processes impact how youth respond to traffickers, but the structural inequalities that may be contributing to the diverse routes and reasons youth enter into exploitatitve situations as well as the stages of change that may lead to exiting or re-entry. Strategies should focus on reunifying youth with family and other supports when safe and appropriate. Safe Harbour’s trauma-informed specialized services range from short to long term housing, medical and mental health treatment, education assistance, job training, and legal services.
- Guidance and awareness campaigns target trafficked, exploited, and at risk youth to increase protective factors. Public awareness handout materials include informational tips on internet safety, cyberbullying, gaming safety, sexting, and healthy relationships.
- We build relations and create a presence within school districts, child welfare services, community organizations, and religious communities.
- We leverage drop-in centers, street outreach programs, and public systems, including child welfare, criminal justice, schools, community programs, and other youth-servicing programs to quickly identify, intervene, and engage at-risk youth to reduce the risk of exploitation and/or trafficking.
- We educate youth on the physical, psychological/behavioral red flags associated with trafficking and exploitation so youth can protect themselves and other vulnerable youth.
- We provide hotlines and helplines for all youth, including survivors.
Organizations focused on prevention that provide valuable resources, videos and internet safety guides.
Please also see our "Resources" tab for additional information.