Attorney General Moody's Week In Review

This week, we launched the virtual 2022 Human Trafficking Summit. Our annual summit provides participants with hours of educational content and presentations by experts about the latest in the fight to end human trafficking and help survivors heal.

This year, former Major League Baseball player Adam LaRoche delivered our keynote address. Adam dedicates much of his personal time advocating for victims of human trafficking. Through his E3 Ranch Foundation, Adam supports victims, raises awareness and works with local law enforcement agencies to help educate and train first responders so they can better identify victims and safely execute rescue missions. Additionally, he serves as a task force officer with Homeland Security Investigations.

The summit also highlights ways the public can get involved in our fight. Breakout sessions provide information about spotting a victim of trafficking and what to do if you see something suspicious. Topics include how employers can help on this mission, the intersection of trafficking and domestic violence and what role virtual currency plays in the black market where traffickers conduct their unlawful trade.

The summit is available to access for free at HumanTraffickingSummit.com.

We hope you will join us in our efforts to end human trafficking as we continue to build a Stronger, Safer Florida.
Ashley Moody
Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Moody Encourages Wise Giving to Ian Recovery Efforts During International Charity Fraud Awareness Week



As Florida continues rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Ian, Attorney General Moody is recognizing International Charity Fraud Awareness Week with wise-giving tips for people donating to recovery efforts. Many Floridians may wish to contribute to the continuing recovery effort from Hurricane Ian. More than $45 million donors have given to the Florida Disaster Fund alone. Generous Floridians must stay alert, as scammers often try to exploit disasters to rip off donors.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This year’s International Charity Fraud Awareness Week comes as we continue to rebuild what Hurricane Ian destroyed. Generous Floridians and people across the country are contributing to the recovery efforts and we are so grateful for their support, but I want to remind those who want to give to watch out for charity scams and do some research before donating.”
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Attorney General Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution Charges Organized Retail Thieves for Eight County Crime Spree

Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution charged two men with theft and scheme to defraud. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested Alexi Baldivia and Randy Rivero on outstanding warrants with assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. An FDLE investigation found that Baldivia and Rivero’s crime spree spanned eight counties, visiting Lowe’s Home Improvement stores across the state stealing items such as doors, flooring, windows and more. The spree resulted in more than $47,000 in stolen items.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Organized retail theft hurts consumers as stores must account for losses when pricing items, but we are fighting back, and this latest case is just another example of my office working with law enforcement to stop criminals targeting stores across our state. My Statewide Prosecutors will ensure this criminal organization faces justice for their rampant crime spree.” More.


Attorney General Moody Shares Resources for Victims During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Attorney General Ashley Moody is recognizing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by highlighting resources for domestic violence victims and survivors. In 2020, Florida law enforcement agencies received more than 106,000 reports of domestic violence, resulting in more than 63,000 arrests. Attorney General Moody is encouraging anyone in an abusive relationship to seek help and contact law enforcement.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women and the third leading cause of homelessness among families. These are heartbreaking statistics, and as we recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I want to encourage anyone being abused to seek help. There are caring people and organizations across our state ready to assist victims of domestic violence, help them escape abusive relationships and empower them to become survivors.”
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Attorney General Moody Announces 10-Year Statewide Naloxone Dispensing Program for Florida First Responders

Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a statewide agreement with Walmart to dispense naloxone to first responders across Florida. The announcement comes as Attorney General Moody continues to fight the national opioid crisis. As part of those efforts, Walmart has agreed to partner with the state in dispensing naloxone to law enforcement and first responders across Florida.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “From the beginning of my administration, I have been working to end the opioid crisis and help Florida communities recover. I’m grateful for Walmart stepping up and agreeing to partner with the state to provide law enforcement and first responders with much-needed Naloxone. This will greatly help in our continuing mission to end the opioid crisis and save lives.”
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Events
This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody held a news conference in Doral to announce a statewide program to dispense naloxone to first responders.



Attorney General Moody in Hardee County to assess damage caused by Hurricane Ian with Hardee County Sheriff Vent Crawford and dispatchers.



Attorney General Moody at a Fort Myers Disaster Recovery Center meeting with representatives of state and federal agencies and Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian. Attorney General Moody's Consumer Protection investigators are at DRCs in several of the hardest hit regions of Florida.



Attorney General Moody speaking about efforts to end human trafficking at the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Women of Influence: Pearls of Wisdom breakfast.



Attorney General Moody meeting with Rabbi Schneur Oirechman of Chabad of Tallahassee and FSU in the Attorney General’s Capitol office.



The Statewide Council on Human Trafficking named Office of Statewide Prosecution Victim Services Specialist Katie O’Rourke the Human Trafficking Advocate of the Year. Attorney General Moody also recognized O’Rourke as the Community Advocate of the Year at the 2022 Human Trafficking Summit.