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.

Tompkins County


Tompkins County Child Advocacy Center

Phone: 607-277-5000
Website: Listen for the Signs

Highlights from Program Plan

Conduct Public Awareness Campaign

Targeted "Listen for the Signs" campaign to reach both advocates and youth was created and shared via billboards, regional bus ads, bus shelter ads, and mall blades. Tompkins County Safe Harbour website directs both community members and youth to relevant information regarding trafficking and available local resources.

Form a Critical Team

The Tompkins County Critical Team is comprised of representatives from Department of Social Services, County Youth Services, Probation, Law Enforcement, the Advocacy Center, and several voluntary agencies working directly with vulnerable youth. The Critical Team meets quarterly to share information and resources, identify gaps in services and training needs, and to refine the current referral pathway system for youth vulnerable to CSEC.

Develop County Training Plan

Trained facilitators provide regular CSEC trainings to youth-serving professionals, school personnel, and community members. Targeted trainings are also planned for foster parents, medical personnel, and hotel/motel management staff in Tompkins County.

Outreach Materials

Tompkins County Outreach poster: Listen for the signs; You Can Trust Me
Listen for the signs poster 1
Tompkins County Outreach poster: Listen for the signs; I Can Give You Things You've Never Had
Listen for the signs poster 2