Statewide Council on Human Trafficking
"The Statewide Council on Human Trafficking will coordinate and enhance efforts to further combat human trafficking and to support victims of this horrific crime."
-Attorney General Pam Bondi
Statewide Council on Human Trafficking

Introduction

Attorney General Bondi worked with Florida’s legislative leaders to create the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking.

The 15-member Council chaired by Attorney General Bondi, 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 earlier this year.

About Human Trafficking

According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, there are 27 million people enslaved worldwide.

In 2013, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center ranked Florida 3rd in the number of calls received by the center’s 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.

Attorney General Bondi is committed to an all-hands-on-deck approach to eradicating human trafficking.

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 our state.
  • Develop overall policy recommendations.

Council Members

  1. The Honorable Pam Bondi, Attorney General, Chair
  2. Mike Carroll, Secretary, Department of Children and Families, Vice Chair
  3. The Honorable Denise Grimsley, Florida Senate
  4. The Honorable Jeanette Nuņez, Florida House of Representatives
  5. The Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle, State Attorney 11th Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade
  6. The Honorable William D. Snyder, Sheriff, Martin County
  7. Dr. John Armstrong, State Surgeon General, Department of Health
  8. Elizabeth Dudek, Secretary, Agency for Health Care Administration
  9. Pam Stewart, Commissioner, Department of Education
  10. Richard L. Swearingen, Executive Director, Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  11. Christina Daly, Secretary, Department of Juvenile Justice
  12. Philip Thorne, Chief, Springfield Police Department
  13. Terry Coonan, FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights
  14. Dotti Groover-Skipper, Statewide Anti-Trafficking Coordinator for the Salvation Army & Chair of the FREE Network
  15. Lee Lowry, The Junior League – Tampa Chapter

Meetings

Date Location Details
August 18, 2014 The Capitol
Senate 110
Tallahassee, FL 32399
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March 2, 2015 The Capitol
House 17
Tallahassee, FL 32399
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May 14, 2015 Toll Free Dial in Number: 888-670-3525
Participant Passcode: 8470026713
Agenda
May 20, 2015 Stetson University College of Law
Tampa Law Center
1700 North Tampa Street
Classroom 136
Tampa, Florida 33602
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May 21, 2015 Conf Room 301
Building 4025
Capital Circle Office Complex
Tallahassee, FL
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June 25, 2015 Stetson University College of Law
Tampa Law Center
William Reece Smith Courtroom
1700 North Tampa Street
Tampa, Florida 33602
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July 20, 2015 Services and Resources Committee
1350 N.W. 12 Avenue
Miami, FL 33136-2111
South Tower, Room 4-18 and 4-19
Toll Free Dial in Number: 888-670-3525
Participant Passcode: 9590495753
Agenda
August 17, 2015 UCF Fairwinds Alumni Center
12676 Gemini Blvd. North
Orlando, Florida 32816
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September 3, 2015 Toll Free Dial In Number: (888)670-3525
Participant Passcode: 7071360675
Agenda
September 15, 2015 UCF Fairwinds Alumni Center
12676 Gemini Blvd. North
Orlando, Florida 32816
 

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