Hennepin County Safe Harbor Protocol


Hennepin County’s Safe Harbor Protocol was developed by a multidisciplinary team including youth victims and survivors of sex trafficking. The purpose of the protocol is to improve individual practices, agency policies, and systems procedures, and to increase collaboration among the disciplines that respond to sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of youth.


This protocol serves as one tool used by a collaborative, multidisciplinary team to improve the experiences of victims/survivors of sexual exploitation and/or trafficking in our community. The protocol is designed to make critical changes to individual, agency, and systems efforts in the response to sexual exploitation and trafficking.

In our community, this protocol is designed to be used by individuals and the agencies working directly with youth who have been exploited or trafficked. This protocol focuses on the critical elements of response in an effort to improve outcomes for victims/survivors.