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Human Rights Award nomination submitted by the Schenectady County LWV

At its April Board meeting, the League voted to nominate SAFE Inc. for the annual Human Rights Award under the group category. SAFE has provided 30 years of service helping run-away and sexually exploited youths of both genders as well as LGBT youths. SAFE provides counseling, advocacy, shelter and case management to get kids off the street into self-sufficiency, helping with many issues, including mental health and drug abuse problems. At any given time, 12 youths can be housed at the shelter with follow-up services when they leave. The population served is very diverse across racial, gender and socio-economic lines. The last five years have seen a shelter expansion. SAFE has given shelter to around 1000 kids and has conducted outreach and follow-up services to 800-1000 youths. The program helps the kids out of the cycle of exploitation and homelessness and assists them to heal from serious trauma, empowering them to become self-sufficient and to give back to the community. The Awards breakfast is from 7-9 AM on May 19th at the Glen Sanders Mansion. Please come to honor our nominee.

Helga A. Schroeter, LWVNYS Judicial Specialist