Safe Harbour Program Highlights

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The Safe Harbour: NY program supports counties in developing their capacity to identify youth who have been trafficked, sexually exploited, or are at risk of victimization and to meet identified service needs of these youth. This work is grounded in and guided by the OCFS Blueprint.

The following highlights reflect some of the extensive work accomplished by Safe Harbour: NY partner counties. To view highlights from a local Safe Harbour: NY program, select a county from the dropdown or click on the map. Counties shaded purple are currently funded. To connect with a local point of contact, email or contact your OCFS regional office.

Erie County

Program Website

Highlights from Program Plan

Form a Critical Team

Program specific staff guide the critical team and provide tailored services to trafficked, exploited, and at-risk youth.

Critical Team meets quarterly to move local system response forward; task force meets monthly to discuss specific cases.

Participate in Western District Human Trafficking Task Force to ensure collaboration with law enforcement and legal partners.

Creation of a working group to address housing challenges.

Develop a County Training Plan

Local trainings and seminars offered on a regular basis to include both county staff and contract agencies.

CSEC training integrated into orientation training for new child welfare employees.

Contribute to law enforcement trainings for new and existing officers.

Adopt Standardized Tools and Resources

Created a red flags checklist to allow professionals to translate red flags into concrete questions to guide conversations with youth.

Conduct Public Awareness Campaigns

Public awareness campaign included content on 20 bus shelters, 22 bus exteriors, 50 bus interiors, 50 billboards in Buffalo and across Erie County. The campaign received local media coverage, including the front page of The Buffalo News.

Created anti-trafficking awareness posters, flyers and brochures.

Youth Outreach

Conducted outreach to vulnerable populations, including to homeless youth.

Ran focus groups with youth living in crisis shelter, drop in centers and transitional living housing to define appropriate services and how these services will be used and assessed by youth for effectiveness.

Conduct presentations in schools to educate youth.

Outreach Materials