Statewide Council on Human Trafficking
Statewide Council on Human Trafficking

Introduction

The 15-member Council chaired by Attorney General Moody, will build on existing state and local partnerships working to combat human trafficking.

Members include law enforcement officers, prosecutors, legislators, as well as experts in the fields of health, education and social services. The Council was created through legislation passed and signed into law in 2014.

About Human Trafficking

The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of trafficking around the world. Domestically, Florida continues to rank third in the nation in the number of calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

Victims of human trafficking include children, women and men who are subjected to sexual exploitation or forced labor through force, fraud or coercion.

According to a study of U.S. Department of Justice human trafficking task force cases, 83 percent of sex trafficking victims identified in the United States were U.S. citizens. The average age that a trafficked victim is first used for commercial sex is 12-14.

Council Duties

The Statewide Council on Human Trafficking was created to support human trafficking victims by enhancing care options available.

Council duties include:

  • Develop recommendations for comprehensive programs and services including recommendations for certification of safe houses & safe foster homes.
  • Make recommendations for apprehending and prosecuting traffickers and enhancing coordination of responses.
  • Hold an annual statewide policy summit with an institution of higher learning.
  • Work with the Department of Children and Families to create and maintain an inventory of human trafficking programs and services in our state.
  • Develop overall policy recommendations.

Council Members

  1. Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chair
  2. Secretary Chad Poppell, DCF, Vice Chair
  3. Surgeon General, DOH
  4. Secretary Mary C. Mayhew, AHCA
  5. Commissioner Rick Swearingen, FDLE
  6. Secretary Simone Marstiller, DJJ
  7. Commissioner Richard Corcoran, DOE
  8. Majority Leader Kathleen Passidomo (Term: April 5, 2017 to June 30, 2020)
  9. Chairman Heather Fitzenhagen (Term: February 7, 2019 to November 3, 2020)
  10. Sheriff Chris Nocco, Pasco County Sheriff (Term: February 16, 2019 to June 30, 2020)
  11. Dave Aronberg, State Attorney 15th Judicial Circuit (Term: March 9, 2017 to June 30, 2020)
  12. Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez (Term: February 25, 2019 to June 30, 2022)
  13. Terry Coonan (Term: June 30, 2016 to June 30, 2020)
  14. Dotti Groover-Skipper (Term: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020)

Meetings

Meeting Date Location Details
Statewide Human Trafficking Council March 1, 2019 at 1:00 PM
The Capitol
Cabinet Meeting Room
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Agenda

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Criminal Justice Committee April 12, 2019 at 9:00 AM
PHSC Porter Campus/ Wiregrass Ranch
2727 Mansfield Boulevard
Wesley Chapel, FL. 33543

Agenda
Services and Resources Committee April 15, 2019 at 3:00 PM
DCF
1317 Winewood Blvd Bldg 1
Secretary's Large Conference Room
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Agenda
Legislative and Special Initatives Committee April 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Cabinet Meeting Room, Lower Level
400 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Agenda
Statewide Human Trafficking Council May 10, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
Chief’s Conference Room
Police Memorial Building
501 E. Bay Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Agenda

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