City Council reaffirms commitment to fighting all forms of human trafficking

The City Council passed a resolution today reaffirming the City’s commitment to combat commercial sexual exploitation, labor exploitation and all forms of human trafficking.

Minneapolis is one of three cities in the country participating in the Pathways to Freedom city challenge led by Humanity United and the NoVo Foundation, which provides funding for the development of a coordinated, citywide response to trafficking and exploitation. The City’s initiative is led by Shunu Shrestha, the City’s senior advisor for human trafficking prevention. A blueprint with policy recommendations will be delivered to the City Council by June 2020.

The City of Minneapolis has been a leader in addressing juvenile sex trafficking and has expanded its scope of work to include labor trafficking as well. The Civil Rights Department, for instance, recently formalized an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to collaborate on investigations and public awareness of labor standards, including the City’s minimum wage ordinance.  

The resolution notes that “people who are living in poverty, experiencing homelessness, facing chemical dependency, overcoming mental health issues, and who identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ and/or undocumented immigrant community are more likely to become the targets of exploitation and trafficking.”

The City is collaborating with The Advocates for Human Rights, a Minneapolis-based organization, to develop a City response to labor trafficking. The organization recently released new Labor Trafficking Protocol Guidelines, which provide a roadmap for local governments, service providers and other organizations to prevent labor trafficking, support victims and hold traffickers accountable.

For more information about the City’s efforts to fight and prevent trafficking, visit minneapolismn.gov/trafficking.

 

Published Apr 19, 2019

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