Attorney General Moody's Week In Review
Planning for our 2019 Human Trafficking Summit is underway, and we are accepting nominations now for this year’s Summit awards. Florida is fortunate to have so many people dedicated to the fight to end human trafficking and help trafficking survivors heal. I look forward to recognizing some of these outstanding Floridians when we host the Summit this fall.
If you know someone who is committed to the fight to stop human trafficking or strives to help survivors of this atrocious crime get back on their feet, please nominate them so we can recognize their efforts.
The following four awards will be presented during the summit:
· Community Advocate of the Year;
· Law Enforcement Officer of the Year;
· Prosecutor of the Year; and
· Survivor Advocate of the Year.
Award nominations should be submitted to OAGHT.Summit@MyFloridaLegal.com.
The Summit will be held on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Information including the agenda, hotel information, registration information and speaker proposals can be found here. Speaker proposals for the Summit will be accepted through the end of the month. Registration opens on July 1, 2019.
The Annual Human Trafficking Summit is hosted by our office, the Florida Department of Children and Families, and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. This year’s collegiate sponsor is the University of Central Florida.
I hope you can attend this important gathering and join our fight to end human trafficking, but you don’t have to wait till the Summit to get involved. Please learn the signs of trafficking now and know where to report it by visiting YouCanStopHT.com.
Working together, we will build a stronger, safer Florida.
Back the Blue: Attorney General Moody Recognizes Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay
Attorney General Ashley Moody presented a Back the Blue Award to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay for facilitating a program that builds trust and great relationships between law enforcement and local communities. The agency founded the Bigs in Blue mentoring program that focuses on pairing law enforcement personnel as one-on-one mentors to children in the communities they serve. More than 90 officers, deputies and support staff from 19 agencies representing seven counties have already signed up to be volunteer mentors. The mentors serve one hour a week, spending time with local children by helping with academics, playing sports, going for walks and much more. The program has paired more than 3,000 children with mentors since its creation in 2017.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “The Bigs in Blue Program is an incredible program that allows for law enforcement men and women to serve as mentors, role models and friends to children who need guidance and direction in their lives. The influence of this program, in only a few years since it launched, is already impressive, and I cannot wait to see the success it has in the future. Thank you, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, for being proactive in the development of our children and going above and beyond to strengthen our communities.” More here.
This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody delivered the keynote address at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bigs in Blue Summit in Tampa.
Attorney General Moody presenting a Back the Blue Award to Stephen Koch, the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, for the agency's Bigs in Blue Program. The program helps forge positive relationships between law enforcement officers and local youth in the Tampa Bay area.
For more information about Attorney General Moody’s Back the Blue Award Campaign or to submit a nomination, click here.
Attorney General Moody’s new NO SCAM price gouging reporting app reached a milestone. The app has been downloaded more than 2,000 times. For more information about NO SCAM, including instructions about how to download the free app, click here.
Attorney General Moody congratulates Office of Statewide Prosecution Tampa Chief Diane Croff on her recent appointment to serve as a judge in the United States Coast Guard. USCG Commander Croff will continue to serve in the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, while presiding over Coast Guard cases on a part-time basis.