Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
This week, I hosted Florida’s 2018 Human Trafficking Summit bringing together local, state and national leaders in the fight to eradicate trafficking. Hundreds of Floridians dedicated to this fight attended the one-day summit in Orlando, including law enforcement, prosecutors, survivors, advocates, educators, counselors and more.
Florida’s annual summit allows us to share strategies about identifying, reporting, investigating, and prosecuting trafficking cases. It also allows us to continue our collaborative efforts to help victims become survivors.
To view the opening session of the summit, click here.
We have gained a lot of ground in this battle. Since taking office in 2011, we’ve strengthened human trafficking laws, prosecuted traffickers, improved reporting practices and worked together to identify and develop resources to help survivors.
But the fight is not over, and we must continue to work to ensure Florida is a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking.
I want to thank my colleagues on the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking and our great agency partners: the Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Children and Families, Florida law enforcement and our prosecutors.
Working together we will stop trafficking and save lives.
In closing, it is with great sadness to learn of the passing of Florida State Senator Dorothy Hukill earlier this week. Senator Hukill was a dedicated public servant, spending the past two decades in the Florida Legislature working to make Florida a better place to live for everyone. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones.
Attorney General Bondi Launches Tip Site to Report Allegations of Past Child Sex Abuse by Catholic Priests in Florida
Attorney General Pam Bondi launched a tip site for people to report allegations of past child sex abuse by Catholic priests in Florida. The tip site is part of Attorney General Bondi’s ongoing investigation into all seven Catholic dioceses in the state. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is assisting with the statewide investigation.
“Any priest that would exploit a position of power and trust to abuse a child is a disgrace to the church and a threat to society,” said Attorney General Bondi. “I am calling on victims and anyone with information about potential abuse to please report it to my office. Victim information will be kept confidential in accordance with state law.”
Attorney General Bondi is encouraging anyone with information about past child abuse by Catholic priests in Florida to please report it by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com/StopAbuse. More.
FDLE arrests suspects for grand theft, conspiracy
FDLE agents have requested warrants for the arrest of Roland Hartridge Lee, 38, formerly of 32451 Eaglewoods Trail, Sanford, and Juan Jose Sapeg, 37, formerly of 9906 River Crest Court, Orlando, on grand theft and conspiracy to commit grand theft. The charges stem from stolen goods at more than 30 Home Depot stores.
The thefts occurred in 15 different counties: Volusia, Duval, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Seminole, Pasco, Clay, Osceola, Orange, Lake, Polk, Columbia, Brevard and Sarasota. Both Lee and Sapeg are already in state prison on separate and unrelated charges. More.
Attorney General Pam Bondi this week hosted the 2018 Florida Human Trafficking Summit in Orlando to bring together Floridians dedicated to ending human trafficking.
Attorney General Bondi and Governor Rick Scott with investigator Katia Coonan, who was named the DCF Human Trafficking Investigator of the Year.
Attorney General Bondi and Governor Scott pictured with Jamie Rosseland, the Survivor Advocate of the Year.
Attorney General Bondi and Governor Scott pictured with Special Agent Supervisor Jose Ramirez, the Law Enforcement Official of the Year.
Attorney General Bondi and Governor Scott pictured with her Statewide Prosecutor Nick Cox, the Prosecutor of the Year.
Attorney General Bondi and Governor Scott pictured with Therese Moses, who was named the DJJ Human Trafficking Advocate of the Year.
Attorney General Bondi and Governor Scott pictured with Yinay Ruiz, the Community Advocate of the Year.
Attorney General Bondi with her good friend Matt Swift, Concordia Summit Co-Founder, talking about the fight to end human trafficking at the Concordia Summit in New York City. To view the interview, click here.
Attorney General Bondi moderating the Conference of Western Attorneys General in St. Petersburg, alongside Senior VP of Global Government Regulations at International Game Technology Scott Gunn, and Deputy Chief of Special Investigations of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board James Taylor.