Contract 5040C7 with MN Dept of Public Safety accepting funds for the 2017 Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program, 1/1/18-6/30/19, 932,400 (recv); suppl app of 932,400 to 2018 Emergency Management budget 18-0023R1 Revised Contract 5040C7 with MN Dept of Public Safety accepting funds for the 2017 Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program, 1/1/18-6/30/19, 932,400 (recv); CONSENT Commissioner Debbie Goettel moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Jan Callison and approved - 6 Yeas 1 Absent: Opat
There being no further business, the meeting of the Public Safety Committee for Tuesday, January 30, 2018 was declared adjourned at 2:37 PM. Yolanda C Clark Deputy Clerk to the Board Page 2 of 8 Board Action Request 18-0061 Item Description: Amd 1 to Agmt A176946 with Children s Law Center of Minnesota to provide full legal representation to Hennepin County s state wards - children whose parents rights have been terminated due to abandonment, abuse or neglect, 03/01/18-02/28/19, NTE 150,000
Background: Children s Law Center of Minnesota (CLC) promotes the rights and interests of Minnesota s children in the judicial, child welfare, health care, and education systems. The county funds the Public Defender's Office to represent Children in Need of Protection services for children and wards younger than 10 years old. CLC's core work is to provide high quality, direct legal representation and advocacy to abused and neglected children and youth, ages 10-21. They monitor progress toward adoption for these children. All major decisions about what happens to foster care youth are made through legal proceedings, which is why legal representation for them is so crucial. Working with a corps of more than 250 dedicated volunteer lawyers, CLC ensures that foster care youth have a voice in the courts decisions, and makes sure they receive the services they need and to which they are entitled. Since January 1 of 2016, CLC has seen a 57 increase in their caseload. Between September 1, 2017 and November 30, 2017, CLC provided direct legal representation for 189 state wards appearing in Hennepin County. Of these 189 CLC clients: o 19 new clients were court appointed to CLC and began receiving legal representation. o 6 client files were closed with the following dispositions:
Background: Board resolution, 16-0137R1 (Amd 1 to Agreement A165075 with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (MMLA) and Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN)) provided 100,000 of funding for the creation of a pilot program to provide full-representation to low-income tenants in need of legal assistance at time of Housing Court. The first phase of the pilot ran from June 2016 through December 2016. The board authorized a second year of the pilot for March 2017 to Feb 2018 for an additional 100,000 (Amd 2 to Agreement A176998). This contract provides approximately 70,000 to support lawyers from MMLA to provide full-representation and approximately 30,000 to subcontract with VLN to provide coordination assistance at the office outside of Housing Court. This coordination assistance helps intake tenants and connect them to either MMLA full- representation or the volunteer lawyers (through VLN).
Background: Sex trafficking cases are amongst the most difficult to detect, investigate, and prosecute. Of the 235 statewide sex trafficking arrests in 2016, 89 (38 ) of the arrests were made in Hennepin County. The number of sex trafficking and prostitution cases submitted to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office increased from 27 in 2015 to 95 in 2017. In 2016 the Hennepin County Board designated a prosecutor, investigator and analyst to investigate and prosecute sex trafficking crimes. Current efforts prioritize Guardian Angel victim recovery with a secondary focus on victim advocacy, investigation and prosecution of misdemeanor sex trafficking cases. Sting investigations targeting online solicitations and utilizing undercover agents recover victims and bring numerous misdemeanor cases against sex buyers. The grant from the Women s Foundation will provide an analyst, focusing additional resources on ongoing sex trafficking investigations and targeting felony-level prosecutions. These efforts will reduce sex trafficking crime and recover trafficking victims. The analyst will use proactive investigative techniques and analysis to target traffickers and obtain felony convictions. Regular meetings with the assigned prosecutor will share intelligence, case updates, and investigative targets.
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