By the Numbers
Unaccompanied homeless youth in Albuquerque on any given night.
of all homeless youth will use “survival sex” to provide for themselves.
1 in 5
homeless youth will fall prey to sex traffickers.
years old is the average age of victims
into human trafficking.
individuals accessed services at
The Harbour during 2018.
“If we can address homelessness at a young age, we can address the problem of homeless adults.”
PHOTO: New Mexico Woman
- What is The Harbour?
The Harbour is a homeless youth drop-in center, whose mission is to connect homeless youth with the services they need and divert them away from survival sex and vulnerability-based sex trafficking. “In our city, there are barriers for youth who need to access a homeless shelter,” says Harbour executive director Shelley Repp. “First is scarcity — there are only two shelters where unaccompanied minors can go. Second, once they reach the shelter, they can only stay a short time before a parent must be notified and
- check them in. Unfortunately, there’s not always a parent involved… or the parent may be the reason the young person is on the street.” The Harbour provides showers, hot food, take-away food items, clothes, shoes, a computer lab and case management.
Shelley’s background as outreach director at a local church earned her a spot on a statewide human trafficking task force in 2016. From there, she founded New Mexico Dream Center — of which The Harbour is a part. Shelley is passionate about personal development and loves to read.