Resources for Safe Harbor Law Transition

The new Safe Harbor law, in effect since last August, protects those under 18 who are sexually exploited (exchanging sex acts for money, food, shelter, or drugs; involved in prostitution; stripping; child pornography; sex trafficking). Minors can no longer be arrested or detained for these crimes but must instead be treated as victims.

Law enforcement leadership should do several things:

1. READ THE MEMO: Identify your region below and click the appropriate link to download a memo with critical background information. Circulate your region-specific memo to all senior leadership.

 2. VIEW THE BRIEFING: View a recorded briefing on the Safe Harbor changes and response.  Click here to view.


  • Every officer in your agency: A series of roll-call videos, as well as an accompanying “Street Officer Resource Guide,” will be provided to you in early 2016. The videos should be viewed by every officer in your agency.

Please share this information with other law enforcement leaders. Contact Chelsea Holub, Coordinator, Safe Harbor Training & Protocol Development ([email protected], 651-266-3157) with any questions.

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West Central: Benton, Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, McLeod, Meeker, Otter Tail, Pope, Renville, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wilkin, Wright, and Yellow Medicine

Northeast: Carlton, Cook, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis.

Northwest: Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, and Wadena

Southeast: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona

Southwest: Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson,
Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan

East Metro: Anoka, Chisago, Dakota, Isanti, Ramsey, and Washington

West Metro: Carver, Hennepin, and Scott

Tribal: Leech Lake, Red Lake, White Earth