Safe Harbour

Our Safe Harbour team provides case coordination and advocacy for commercially sexually exploited (CSE) youth. We help youth access medical care, mental health counseling, financial assistance, emergency shelter and other basic living and safety needs.

Youth Services

The commercial sexual exploitation of children is a global problem and one that impacts children in our own communities. The Center for Youth’s Safe Harbour Program works with partners across Monroe County to promote awareness of youth trafficking and identify and provide comprehensive services to potential victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

The Center’s Safe Harbour team spearheads community collaboration that increases awareness of and direct services to young victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Sex trafficking of youth is a global problem and one that impacts communities across Monroe County.

The young people Safe Harbour serves are often homeless or living in unstable, unhealthy situations. Our program is making significant strides against youth trafficking and helping children survive unimaginable crimes.

Agency Services

Our Safe Harbour team provides case coordination and advocacy for commercially sexually exploited (CSE) youth. We help youth access medical care, mental health counseling, financial assistance, emergency shelter and other basic living and safety needs.

We also help youth with crisis intervention, problem-solving, action planning, and skill building. The goal is to address immediate life and safety issues and reduce the risk of continued sexual exploitation and abuse.

Safe Harbour advocates provide outreach and training to agencies and community partners across Monroe County to:

  • increase identification of CSE youth
  • provide case coordination to connect youth with needed services quickly
  • assist in improving the quality of agency programs through trauma-informed services

Background:

The Safe Harbour program is named after the pivotal 2008 New York 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. In 2012-13, Monroe County was selected as one of five counties across the state to receive funds to support the Safe Harbour program. As an experienced homeless and runaway youth provider, The Center for Youth has served as the county’s Safe Harbour lead agency in collaboration with the Monroe County Department of Human Services, the Office of Children and Family Services, County District Attorney and Sheriff’s offices, Rochester and other local police departments, school districts and youth services organizations.

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24 Hour Crisis Line

585-271-7670

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location

  • 905 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620
  • Open Mon-Fri: 8AM–9PM
  • info@centerforyouth.net
  • 585-473-2464
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