National Safe Place Week ends Saturday (#NSPWeek2017), but DART reminds youth in crisis that throughout the year they can seek safety on any DART bus or train.
National Safe Place Week, is observed annually to shine a spotlight on Safe Place – an outreach and prevention program for youth facing difficult problems. DART has participated in the Safe Place initiative since August 2016 as part of the transit agency’s ongoing effort to protect DFW’s youth and combat human trafficking.
All DART buses and light rail trains have – or soon will have – Safe Place decals prominently displayed on the exterior and interior of the vehicle. Minors who see the decal will know DART can help get them to safety. When young people in crisis need help, they simply approach any uniformed DART employee and let them know they need a Safe Place.
As a participating partner, DART transports youth escaping dangerous situations to the nearest QuikTrip convenience store, which is a designated “safe place.” Once inside the store, runaways and at-risk youth can wait for a Safe Place agency partner to connect them with professional help.