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 humantrafficking@ocfs.ny.gov or contact your OCFS regional office.

Suffolk County

Organization

Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center

Phone: 631-439-0480
Instragram: instagram.com/eacsafeharbour

Highlights from Program Plan

Form a Critical Team

Suffolk County utilized its existing Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), which is in charge of overseeing the investigation of child sexual and physical abuse cases to serve as the Safe Harbour Task Force.

A Safe Harbour Advisory Board meets quarterly to discuss the issues of CSEC in Suffolk County and to learn new information as a team from guest presenters.

Develop County Training Plan

Multiple trainings have been provided to social services staff, service providers, first responders, and law enforcement.

Conduct Public Awareness Campaigns

Developed public service announcements to be aired on radio, articles and ads to be placed in Newsday and various local newspapers and publications.

Developed awareness raising materials for use in public transit platforms, including taxi cabs, train and bus stations.

Produced awareness raising materials for use in hotels, beauty salons, libraries, faith-based organizations, social service agencies, shopping centers, and other locations within high risk communities.

Youth Outreach

Filled duffel bags with clothing, toiletry items, snacks, pre-paid cell phones, etc. for distribution to vulnerable and trafficked youth.

Provided trainings, prevention, and educational groups to youth that are at high risk of victimization.

Hired a peer specialist and a vocational counselor to work with at-risk youth and survivors.

Adopt Standardized Tools and Resources

Implemented and trained all social services staff on screening tools to identify trafficked and vulnerable youth.

Develop Referral Pathways

Developed a referral plan in order to provide needs assessments and services to youth identified as trafficked and at-risk.

Outreach Materials

Caption: Mistaking abuse for love can happen to anyone
Trafficking Awarenes Poser