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. Chairman Manny Diaz, Jr. (Term Expires: June 30, 2020)
  9. Chairman Heather Fitzenhagen (Term Expires: November 3, 2020)
  10. Sheriff Chad Chronister, Hillsborough County Sheriff (Term Expires: June 30, 2020)
  11. Dave Aronberg, State Attorney 15th Judicial Circuit (Term Expires: June 30, 2020)
  12. Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez (Term Expires: June 30, 2022)
  13. Terry Coonan (Term Expires: June 30, 2020)
  14. Dotti Groover-Skipper (Term Expires: June 30, 2020)

Direct Support Organization: End Human Trafficking, Inc.

HB 851 created a Direct Support Organization (DSO) for the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking. This DSO met for the first time in August 2019 and incorporated under the name: End Human Trafficking, Incorporated. The purpose for which the Corporation is formed is to assist the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking pursuant to Section 16.618, Florida Statutes.

The Board of Directors of this Florida non-profit corporation were appointed by the Attorney General, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Florida House and Senate. Those members include:

  1. Ellyn Bogdanoff, Chair
  2. Sara Mahoney, Vice Chair
  3. Dr. Phil Toal, Secretary
  4. Savannah Parvu, Treasurer
  5. Special Agent in Charge Shane Pollard
  6. Corporal Alan Wilkett
  7. Toni Azinger
  8. Charles Bender
  9. Representative Toby Overdorf
  10. Senator Lauren Book
  11. Representative Heather Fitzenhagen
  12. Melissa Larkin-Skinner
  13. Graci McGuillicuddy
  14.  
  15. Executive Director: Erin Collins

Statewide Council Meetings (2019)

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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Services and Resources Committee June 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM
1317 Winewood Blvd
Tallahassee, FL
Buidling 1, Secretary's Large Conference Room
1-888-585-9008,
code 964-339-642

Agenda
Criminal Justice Committee July 25, 2019 at 8:30 AM PHSC Porter Campus/ Wiregrass Ranch
2727 Mansfield Boulevard
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
Agenda
Legislative and Special Initiatives Committee July 26, 2019 at 2:00 PM The Capitol
Cabinet Meeting Room, Lower Level
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Agenda
Statewide Human Trafficking Council August 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office – Falkenburg
520 N Falkenburg Rd
Tampa, FL 33619
Agenda

Services and Resources Committee September 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM 1317 Winewood Blvd., Tallahassee, FL
Building 1, Secretary’s Large Conference Room

Agenda
2019 Human Trafficking Summit September 30, 2019 at 8:30 AM Hyatt Regency Orlando
Orlando, FL
Agenda
Statewide Human Trafficking Council October 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM Conference Call Agenda
Criminal Justice Committee Meeting October 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM Pasco-Hernando State College Porter Campus/Wiregrass Ranch
2727 Mansfield Boulevard
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

Agenda
Statewide Human Trafficking Council December 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM Office of the State Attorney, 15th Judicial Circuit
401 N. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Agenda

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