Advocates for the young victims of sex trafficking in Minnesota had hoped the 2013 Legislature would fully fund the much-needed program created by the 2011 “Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Act.”
Instead, they won what proponents are calling an “incomplete and underfunded” victory — just $2.8 million of the $13.5 million they requested.
“We said over and over again that you can’t stop a statewide epidemic if you’re only treating 20 percent of the victims,” said Jeff Bauer, director of public policy at the Family Partnership inMinneapolis.
It’s not that Bauer and other Safe Harbor supporters aren’t grateful for the $2.8 million. They’re well aware that the Legislature turned down many worthwhile requests for funds while cutting $50 million from the $11.5 billion Health and Human Services budget. So even partial funding represents progress.
Source: Star Tribune