Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 4, Issue 3 • Jan. 21, 2022
Attorney General Moody's Week In Review

Florida is the most pro-law enforcement state in the nation because we support those who risk their safety to keep us safe. It’s not just rhetoric; this legislative session, I am supporting changes that will improve recruitment, retention and training for law enforcement officers.

Since taking office, I have made it my mission to continuously demonstrate to the men and women who wear a badge that we have their backs. I want them to know that they have an Attorney General who is grateful for their service, and that my door is always open to them.

So, this week, I continued our time-honored tradition of hosting sheriffs from across our great state in my capitol office for Florida Sheriffs Day. Sheriffs Day is held annually during the 60-day legislative session. During the event, sheriffs visit the Florida Capitol to meet with legislators and other officials to help advance crucial public safety legislation and policies.

We wanted to help these law enforcement leaders get session started on the right foot, so I opened our doors and told them how grateful we are for each and every one of them.

They are a major part of what makes Florida so special, and I am honored to work alongside them this legislative session to help build a Stronger, Safer Florida.

In the News
Florida AG Moody sounds alarm on fentanyl surge at border: 'Devastating effect', FOX News

Florida Attorney General announces new settlement in opioid settlement, ABC 7 Sarasota

Ashley Moody Announces Finalization of Opioid Settlement Agreements, Florida Daily

Ashley Moody says SCOTUS ‘spot on’ in striking down OSHA vax rule, Florida Politics

Attorney General releases online safety toolkit for children for 2022, WINK News

Florida AG Moody unveils ‘online safety kit’ to protect minors from internet predators, Orlando Sentinel

Protecting Floridians
VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Releases 2022 Online Safety Toolkit to Help Protect Children from Human Traffickers

Attorney General Ashley Moody released the 2022 Online Safety Toolkit, consisting of red flags, risk factors and statistics relating to human trafficking recruitment via the internet. The 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report shows that 83% of active sex trafficking cases involved online solicitation. More than half of the children in the United States have smartphones by the age of 11, according to reports.

The 2022 Online Safety Toolkit is designed to help empower parents to teach their children about the dangers of human trafficking online and create effective online safety plans for safe internet use.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “It’s important that as parents we take steps to protect our children from online predators. To help with this daunting task, I am releasing my 2022 Online Safety Toolkit during Human Trafficking Prevention Month. I hope this comprehensive resource guide will better equip parents to protect children from human traffickers, or anyone else trying to use social media to harm them.”

Attorney General Moody Announces New Settlement for $65 Million with Opioid Manufacturer Endo and Finalization of Johnson & Johnson Opioid Settlement

Attorney General Ashley Moody announced the finalization of two separate multimillion-dollar opioid settlement agreements totaling more than $360 million. Attorney General Moody and her team of attorneys finalized Florida’s nearly $300 million settlement between the state of Florida and Johnson & Johnson, as well as a new, separate $65 million settlement with Endo Health Solutions, Inc., to fund resources for mitigation efforts in the state and address allegations regarding the opioid manufacturers’ roles in the national opioid crisis harming Floridians.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “The national opioid crisis is wreaking havoc on families across this country. As Attorney General, I continue to work tirelessly to hold companies that helped fuel this crisis responsible for their actions—so we can secure funds to help restore communities devastated by opioid abuse. These separate, multimillion-dollar agreements will help further this vital mission and protect Florida families.”

VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Calls on President Biden to Stop the Influx of Fentanyl at the Nation’s Out-of-Control Southwest Border

On the one-year anniversary of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, Attorney General Ashley Moody demands that the president secure the border to help end the national opioid crisis. The president’s illegal immigration policies have allowed a skyrocketing amount of fentanyl into the country, as deaths from opioids continue to increase nationwide. According to drug seizure statistics published by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the amount of fentanyl seized at the southwest border increased 53% during the first 10 months of President Biden’s administration compared to the same time period in 2020.

According to a recent
report, fentanyl overdoses are now the number one cause of death among U.S. adults, ages 18 to 45—surpassing deaths by COVID-19, cancer and car accidents. With illicit fentanyl flooding over the southwest border, action must be taken now to ensure Floridians’ safety.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “It’s no secret that President Biden’s immigration policies are an unmitigated disaster, but it now appears that Biden’s abdication of his duty at our southwest border is allowing criminals to smuggle even larger amounts of fentanyl and other dangerous drugs into our country—fueling the nation’s deadly opioid crisis.

“According to data available from Biden’s first year in office, enough fentanyl has been seized to kill the entire U.S. population six times over—it is terrifying to imagine how much of this extremely deadly drug is being trafficked into our country undetected. That is why I am demanding that the president do his job, secure our southwest border immediately and protect the American people.”

This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody unveiled her 2022 Online Safety Toolkit with law enforcement leaders and anti-human trafficking advocates during a news conference at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando. To check out the toolkit, click here.

Attorney General Moody presenting a Florida Cabinet resolution, recognizing January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month in Florida, to the nonprofit organization Created Women for helping and restoring survivors of human trafficking.

From left to right: Orlando Police Department Cpt. Richard Lane, Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez, Attorney General Moody, Created Women Executive Director Jillian Penhale, Orange County Sheriff John Mina, Created Women Outreach Assistant Laura Henderson

Attorney General Moody welcoming Florida Sheriffs at her capitol office in Tallahassee as part of Sheriffs Day. The law enforcement advocacy day is held annually during the state legislative session to promote and discuss pro-law enforcement policies.

Attorney General Moody speaking at the Florida Bankers Association Capital Day in Tallahassee about legislative priorities to help better protect Floridians.

Attorney General Moody at the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Tourism Day in Tallahassee talking about her office's 100 Percent Club, a human trafficking prevention initiative to encourage businesses to train employees how to spot and report human trafficking. For more information on the 100 Percent Club, click here.