Safe Harbor Regional Navigators - Minnesota Department of Health

Safe Harbor
Regional Navigators

Eight organizations are the program's base for Regional Navigators - the main points of contact for sexually exploited youth and concerned agencies throughout Minnesota. Navigators are responsible for connecting youth with services and serving as regional experts for communities. Youth, educators, service providers, law enforcement, and community members are encouraged to contact the navigator in your area if you are working with a young person who may be sexually exploited or to be connected with training to learn more about the sexual exploitation of youth.

View the Safe Harbor Services Map (PDF).


  • PAVSA: Carlton, Cook, Kanabec, Lake, Mille Lacs, Pine, and St. Louis Counties. Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA) is a nonprofit that provides services to victims of sexual violence including sexual exploitation and trafficking. PAVSA’s victim services include: immediate crisis intervention on a 24-hour crisis line, specially trained medical personnel (SANE program) to assist in emergency medical care, short- and long-term individual counseling services with a specialized counseling staff, sexual assault therapeutic support groups to gain support amongst peers, and advocacy to assist people with the medical, legal, and personal ramifications of sexual violence. Duluth, MN, 218-726-1442; Crisis Line: 218-726-1931


  • Support within Reach: Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau. SWR exists for those who have felt the impact of sexual violence in their lives by providing trained advocates for survivors, offering prevention education to aid in the protection of women, children, and men from sexual violence, assuring that survivors of sexual violence are treated with dignity and respect, and empowering individuals and communities through information, knowledge, and the services available to survivors and those who care about them. Bemidji, MN, 218-444-9524; Crisis Line:1-800-708-2727

East Metro

  • Midwest Children’s Resource Center (MCRC) Anoka, Chisago, Dakota Isanti, Ramsey, and Washington Counties. MCRC is a child advocacy center (CAC) and clinic within Children’s Minnesota. We offer medical evaluations and case management in alleged child abuse cases, serious neglect and witness to violence.The program at MCRC has multiple components: a medical clinic at Children’s – St. Paul; a child advocacy center (CAC), governed by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA), an accreditation we’ve held since 1994; and connection with community resources to provide a team approach for child abuse cases. St. Paul, MN 651-220-6750

West Metro

  • The Link: Carver, Hennepin, and Scott Counties. The Link provides support to at-risk youth in the Twin Cities through programs reaching out to youth and families when truancy, homelessness, or involvement in the juvenile legal system is putting youth at risk of not reaching their fullest potential. The Link provides case management services to youth who are truant, homeless or in trouble with the law through a Self-Sufficiency Support for Youth Experiencing Homelessness, Positive Alternatives in Juvenile Justice, and Programming for Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking programming. Minneapolis, MN, mobile: 612-232-5428


  • Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota (LSS): Aitkin, Benton, Crow Wing, Morrison, Sherburn, Stearns, Todd, and Wright Counties. LSS of Minnesota, Brainerd Youth Services provides services ranging from street outreach, case management to transitional housing programs for runaway, homeless, at-risk and exploited youth in the Central region. Programming includes Street Outreach, Basic Center, Journey Transitional Living Program, the Red Path Independent Living Program and Safe Harbor foster care and outreach which provides youth with support, safety, and shelter. Brainerd, MN, 218-824-3784 24 hour Crisis line: 1-866-824-3770

West Central

  • Someplace Safe: Becker, Big Stone, Chippewa, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, McLeod, Meeker, Otter Tail, Pope, Renville, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin, and Yellow Medicine Counties. Someplace Safe works to assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and other crimes (including; stalking, elder abuse, identity theft, robbery, theft, etc.), as they navigate the social, emotional and economic impacts they face as victims on the path to becoming survivors. Fergus Falls 218-739-3359


  • Southwest Crisis Center: Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Sibley, and Watonwan Counties. The SWCC provides direct services to primary and secondary victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, sexual harassment, stalking, and child abuse including domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy and on-going support as well as 24-hour crisis line. Worthington, MN, 507-376-4311


  • Dodge, Fillmore, and Olmsted County Victim Services: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabahsa, Waseca, and Winona Counties. The programs of Victim Services provide advocacy and support to victims of crime, sexual assault survivors, trafficking victims, and sexually exploited youth. This advocacy work includes prompting system change by working with our systems partners to be more responsive to the needs of victims. We also offer prevention education to challenge the existence of violence in our communities. Services include but are not limited to a 24 hour crisis line, crisis intervention services, support and advocacy during evidentiary exams at the emergency room and during law enforcement interviews, assistance with filing restraining orders and safety planning, as well as ongoing advocacy services throughout the life of a criminal case. Rochester, MN, 507-289-0636; 24-hour crisis line: 507-289-0636

If you or someone you know is being sexual exploited or trafficked, please contact your Regional Navigator or contact the Day One Hotline at 1-866-223-1111 to learn more about services available in your community .

For more information on Safe Harbor, contact Caroline Palmer, Safe Harbor Director, at or 651-201-5492.

Updated Wednesday, 06-Nov-2019 12:36:10 CST