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Helping the Helpers in Louisiana

Minnesota firefighters cutting up downed trees in LouisianaWhen any disaster – even a Category 4 Atlantic hurricane – strikes, first responders do what they do best: They drop everything and help. But their resources, energy and even health aren't bottomless. Even the helpers need help sometimes. That's when they use the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). After Hurricane Ida made landfall, Louisiana put out EMAC requests for help, and 21 states answered the call. Minnesota was one of them, offering 22 firefighters from nine departments across the state. ​Learn about the exhausting work they're doing – even as Hurricane Nicholas creates more problems – in our latest blog.

No one wants to be trafficked. Here’s what we’re doing about it.

A hand against a window from inside a dark roomNo one chooses to be sold. No one wishes to be forced by another person to work or have sex. In short, no one wants to be trafficked. And yet it happens every day, even here in Minnesota. People are forced, intimidated, duped, or unknowing participants in a crime they can't – or believe they can't – escape.

These people aren't criminals. They're victims. That's why the Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force, which is led by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), uses a victim-centered approach. Learn more about it in our blog.​