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Minnesota Department of Health Funds Southwest Crisis Center to Coordinate Services for Sexually Exploited Youth
Southwest Minnesota, known for its agriculture and prairie land, is not typically viewed as a place where sexual exploitation of youth is occurring. However, the Southwest Crisis Center (SWCC), a domestic and sexual assault response agency based in Worthington, knew better. They and project partners New Horizons Crisis Center and the Committee Against Domestic Assault applied to host one of eight “regional navigators” to coordinate services for sexually exploited/trafficked youth in the 18 southern and western most counties of Minnesota. In May, the Minnesota Department of Health awarded the Worthington-based non-profit $80,000 to do just that. The grant coincides with the new Safe Harbor Law that went into effect August 1 that treats youth under the age of 18 who engage in prostitution as victims in need of services versus criminals. Furthermore, the funding will assist systems professionals and community members in identifying youth who are being sexually exploited or who are at higher risk for sexual exploitation. Juli Fast, a Southwest Minnesota native, has been hired as the SW Minnesota Regional Navigator and point of contact to help the SWCC and other key stakeholders coordinate a response that better serves youth in light of the new law. Fast will be able to connect youth with trauma-informed resources in their area including housing, basic needs, mental health, chemical health, education, and employment services. In addition, she will work with youth, educators, service providers, law enforcement, and community members on coordinating a trauma-informed response through trainings, protocols, and developing a task force to better serve the needs of youth in the region.
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Contact the Southwest Minnesota Regional Navigator
Faces of Hope Banquet
The Faces of Hope banquet took place
on April 5, 2014.
The Faces of Hope Nominees were (left to right)
Luann Bosma, Pipestone County
Donna Marcy, Cottonwood County
Barb Spaeth, Jackson County
Connie Wieneke, Rock County
Sally & David Benson, Nobles County
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The Southwest Crisis Center is a nonprofit organization that has provided advocacy services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and their children in Southwest Minnesota since 1984. The mission of our agency is to provide hope, help, and support to victims and survivors in Jackson, Cottonwood, Nobles, Rock, and Pipestone counties. We believe in what we do and feel called and inspired to do it every day. We are seeking others who believe in our mission to join us. We are currently looking for interested individuals to serve a two-year term on our Board of Directors beginning in January of 2014. The Board of Directors meets 6 times per year (including at an Annual Meeting) and members give about 8 hours per month. Members must reside in one of the five counties we serve. For more information or to apply please call Sara Wahl, Executive Director at 507-376-4311 or Jenny Quade, Board Chair at email@example.com.
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