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Safe at Home is more secure (new law)

Published (5/29/2009)
By Mike Cook
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A program that keeps abuse victims safe will make them even safer.

Safe at Home, an address confidentiality program administered by the Office of the Secretary of State, provides extra security for approximately 226 participants. It provides a mail forwarding service, whereby participants receive a mailing address to use and their correspondence is forwarded to their actual mailing address, which is not disclosed.

Sponsored by Rep. Steve Simon (DFL-St. Louis Park) and Sen. Mee Moua (DFL-St. Paul), a new law, effective May 20, 2009, states that sex offenders cannot be in the program, and it supersedes local ordinances that require a person to post their name outside of an apartment building where they reside. In some buildings, a listing in the entryway contains each tenant’s name and apartment number.

According to its Web site, “The intent of Safe at Home is to allow its participants to go about their lives, interacting with public and private entities, without leaving traces of where they really live in an attempt to keep their abuser from locating them.”

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