Labor trafficking, like sex trafficking, is a public health problem that requires a multi-sector collaborative approach. Anyone, regardless of where they are from, can be a victim of labor trafficking. Sometimes people are subjected to labor and sex trafficking at the same time. Victims of trafficking often experience a number of negative health outcomes including physical and emotional violence, mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, and injuries and illnesses related to trafficking. Specialized services are needed to help victims recover from the trauma of sex and labor trafficking.
State funds are used in the Safe Harbor programs to combat sex trafficking. Federal funds are used to supplement that work by addressing labor trafficking in addition to sex trafficking.
Direct Service Providers
International Institute of Minnesota (Statewide) – Provides statewide training and intensive case management. Saint Paul, MN, Main Line: 651-647-0191
The Advocates for Human Rights (Statewide) – Provides legal representation for immigrants and one-on-one needs assessment, resource identification, referrals, and case management for the duration of the client’s case. Minneapolis, MN, Main Line: 612-341-2971
The Enitan Story (Twin Cities) – Improves life skills and increased support for survivors through training programs, peer support groups, crisis case management services, and referrals to community resources. Fridley, MN, Contact person: Bukola Oriola 763-273-6624
Southwest Crisis Center (Brown, Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin, Nobles, Pipestone, Rock, and Watonwan counties) – Provides advocacy for personal, medical, and criminal and civil situations. Provides life skills, safety planning, safe housing options, connections to local resources, financial assistance, basic living needs, and more. Worthington, MN, Main Line: 507-376-4311
Standpoint (Statewide) – Provides direct legal representation to youth victims of labor trafficking. Provides training for attorneys and legal staff on the use of T Visas, referrals to recruited and trained pro bono attorneys, and technical assistance for attorneys throughout Minnesota. Minneapolis, MN, Main Line: 612-343-9842 or 800-313-2666
Minnesota Tribal Nations work to address sex and labor trafficking within their respective reservations. Labor trafficking funding is provided by the Federal Office for Victims Crime and sex trafficking funding is provided by the State of Minnesota Safe Harbor.
Bois Forte – Attends Tribal Human Trafficking Task Force meetings and provides workshops for community awareness. Collaborates with law enforcement and other services for response for direct services. Nett Lake, MN, 218-757-3295 or 218-248-0067 (after hours emergency number)
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa – Meets and collaborates as TRUST (Tribes United against Sex Trafficking) Task Force and trains professionals and communities to reduce human trafficking within Tribal Nations. Cloquet, MN, 218-878-8208
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe – Trains, educates, and collaborates with community and service providers to raise awareness about human trafficking within the community. Cass Lake, MN, 218-335-8299
Lower Sioux Indian Community – New Coordinator conducts community outreach and trainings, and strengthens the tribe’s justice system through partnerships, trainings, and digital reporting. Morton, MN, 651-775-1389
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe – Provides outreach and education to community. Establishes alternative reporting and multi-system response, and attends Safe Harbor workgroups specific to Tribal Nations. Onamia, MN, 320-532-7793
Prairie Island – Trains staff and community to identify, report, and respond to sex and labor trafficking. Outreach education information and materials through training and events. Welch, MN, 651-775-1389
Red Lake Band of Ojibwe Indians – Provides collaborative meetings and trainings to agencies that interact with youth to help them identify sexually and labor trafficked youth. Red Lake, MN, 218-679-3313
Upper Sioux Community – Trains police department and puts a system in place for reporting and follow up of all trafficking cases. Granite Falls, MN, 320-564-6359
White Earth Nation – Conducts trainings for community members and staff of Shooting Star Casino, provides weekly group meetings, and establish a hotline number for youth or professionals to contact. White Earth, MN, 218-983-4656
American Indian Specific Grants
Located in four urban centers, the following organizations are responding to human trafficking of American Indian youth.
American Indian Community Housing (Duluth) – Offers a culturally-specific training series, outreach campaign, and internal protocol for trafficking response. Duluth, MN, 218-722-7225
American Indian Family Center (St. Paul) – Develops partnerships and a service model that meets the needs of victims 24 and under. Provides trainings to American Indian Family Center staff and community workshops. St. Paul, MN, 651-793-3803
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (Minneapolis) – Develops a resource guide for tribes of a tribal multi-systemic response to human trafficking and funding resources available to tribes. Minneapolis, MN, 612-728-2000
Northwest Indian Community Development Center (Northwest – Red Lake Nation, White Earth Nation, and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) – Provides direct services support to trafficked youth and training for Tribal providers, community members, and non-tribal providers. Bemidji, MN, 218-759-2022
- If you or someone you know is being sexually exploited or trafficked for labor or sex, please contact your Safe Harbor Regional Navigator, Safe Harbor Labor Trafficking Service Providers on this webpage, or contact Day One Hotline at 1-866-223-1111 to learn more about services available in your community.
- You can also report a suspected trafficking situation to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's (BCA) Tip Form, or call the BCA at 1-877-996-6222 or e-mail email@example.com
- If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911 and report a human trafficking situation.