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Youth trafficking awareness campaign
The Center for Youth is partnering with Monroe Countys Safe Harbour program to raise awareness of sex trafficking involving minors.
Executive Director of The Center for Youth, Dr. Elaine Spaull and County Executive Maggie Brooks are featured in a public service announcement.
A second animated video will be used as an educational tool.
Since May 2013, the Safe Harbour program has identified 29 minors who were victims of human trafficking and provided services such as housing and case management.
Many more youth have been identified as at-risk or potential victims.
Monroe County has already stepped-up in a big way to be a community that makes a difference when it comes to human trafficking, and this new campaign will be a success if it connects even one victim with the system of support thats here to help, Brooks said.
The Safe Harbour program is named after the pivotal 2008 state legislation Safe Harbour for Exploited Children Act that ended the prosecution of minors under prostitution charges and instead identified minors as victims of commercial sexual exploitation by adults.
Monroe County was selected as one of five counties across the state to receive funds to support the Safe Harbour program.
Local filmmakers from Rochester Institute of Technology produced the two awareness videos.
The videos can be found on The Center for Youths Facebook page and website Centerforyouth.net.