E-Case

Safe Harbor: Minnesota's Effort to End Child Sex Trafficking

This e-case highlights a critical quandary of policy design and implementation as advocates, funders, elected officials, public sector employees, and direct service providers seek to address the complex issue of the sex trafficking of minors statewide in a more coordinated and effective way. In July 2011, the collaborative efforts of this cross-sector field of leaders resulted in passage of Minnesota’s Safe Harbor for Sex Trafficked Youth Act – the only law passed during a 3-month government shutdown due to a state budget impasse.
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Jodi Sandfort   2014-03-06 12:01:52
I used this case in my Policy Implementation course in the session on institutional environment, what I call Policy Fields (see separate Hubert Video Brief on "Policy Fields"). This case is perfect for explaining the range of institutions involved in policy formation and implementation, and the core competencies necessary to working in this type of emergent context. There is an institutional map that highlights some of the key players and their relationships. The content of the case also highlights that when actors are mindful of implementation in networks, they can sometimes influence policy design. My students also appreciated learning about this important topic.

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