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  SAC Spotlight:  Minnesota

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Crime Survey Reports
Historically Minnesota has completed a triennial crime victimization survey. However, funding for this survey has not been available since 2002. The MNSAC was able to collaborate with Greater Twin Cities United Way to complete a statewide crime victimization study in both 2008 and 2011. Reports focusing on domestic violence have been completed using these data; overall crime victimization reports are currently being completed.

Human Trafficking
The MNSAC has been involved in addressing human trafficking in Minnesota since 2005, and completed five reports to the Minnesota Legislature examining the extent and type of human trafficking in Minnesota. In July 2011, the Minnesota legislature passed the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth law, which did five things:

  • excluded sexually exploited youth under the age of 16 from the definition of a delinquent child,
  • created a mandatory first time diversion for any 16 or 17 year old who has been exploited in prostitution,
  • included the definition of sexually exploited youth in Minnesota's child protection codes,
  • increased penalties against commercial sexual abusers (johns), and
  • directed the commissioner of public safety to work with stakeholders to create a victim-centered response to sexually exploited youth.

In response to this legislation, the MNSAC just completed a year-long process, working with over 65 individuals from across the state to develop a statewide victim-centered approach to working with sex trafficked youth. Called No Wrong Door, this approach is predicated on the belief that sexually exploited youth do not identify themselves as such and anyone who comes into contact with at-risk youth should be trained to identify the signs of sexual exploitation and know how to get that child appropriate services. The model includes 11 recommendations to ensure coordinated, available and appropriate victim-centered services and safe housing.

Youth and Juvenile Justice Reports
The MNSAC has completed a variety of youth reports designed to improve services for justice-involved youth and those at risk for involvement. These reports include a comprehensive pre and post assessment of youth involved in Minnesota's state-funded Youth Intervention Programs, a detailed examination of juvenile diversion opportunities across the state, a comprehensive analysis of disproportionate minority contact, a series of reports on youth in Minnesota's correctional facilities, and the juvenile justice decision points study.

The MNSAC is also the proud recipient of the 2009 Phillip Hoke National Publication Award for Excellence in Statistical/Management Reports and the 2012 Douglas Yearwood National Publication Award for Excellence in Statistical/Management Reports. Both were awarded for our work with the data on youth in Minnesota's correctional facilities.

Snapshots on Minnesota Youth
The MNSAC, along with representatives from the Minnesota Departments of Health, Education, and Human Services, published a series of e-newsletters focused on issues facing Minnesota youth. Three volumes were published, with only the third being available online. Volume 3 focuses on how Minnesota's laws and policies are in line with the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Additional SAC publications are available to be viewed and downloaded from the Statistical Analysis Center website.

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