Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 2, Issue 30 July 31, 2020
Attorney General Moody's Week In Review
This week, I joined law enforcement officers from across the state for the Florida Sheriffs Summer Awards Ceremony. This year’s ceremony looked a bit different from years prior as COVID-19 has changed the way we gather. It has also affected policing.
The pandemic is not the only crisis our LEOs are fighting. Our officers continue to combat the opioid epidemic—with deaths predicted to hit a record high—all while facing hostile groups of radicals aiming to undermine those who wear a badge.
The number of officers killed in the line-of-duty is up more than 50% in 2020 already. According to the FBI, 28 law enforcement officers have been feloniously killed in the line-of-duty during the first half of this year alone.
This is heartbreaking and unacceptable.
Despite all the threats, dangers and new challenges, the courageous men and women in law enforcement stand firm in their commitment to protect the communities they love. They answer the call to keep the peace and are too often met with disrespect and violence.
As Florida’s Attorney General, a former judge, prosecutor and the proud wife of a law enforcement officer, I know that the vast majority of law enforcement officers are good people, dedicated to a life of service over self. They are heroes, brave men and women willing to risk their own health and safety to protect yours and mine.
Please join me in honoring our law enforcement officers. Thank them for their service. Support them during these challenging times.
Backing the blue together, we will build a Stronger, Safer Florida.
In the News
Ashley Moody: More than 2,000 People Registered for Annual Human Trafficking Summit, Florida Daily
Ashley Moody Champions Rick Scott’s, Marco Rubio’s Cut Profits to the Cuban Regime Act, Florida Daily
Court Says RJR Must Continue Fla. Tobacco Payments, Law360
Ashley Moody sets up a website to help elderly protect themselves against scams, Action News Jax
Florida police officers save three-year-old’s life, WKRG Pensacola
Attorney General Ashley Moody expands price gouging hotline as Hurricane Isaias approaches parts of Florida, WWSB Sarasota
VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Expands Price Gouging Hotline to Cover Hurricane-Related Commodities as Hurricane Isaias Approaches
Attorney General Ashley Moody expanded Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline to receive reports of extreme price increases on essential commodities needed to prepare for Hurricane Isaias. The expansion comes as Governor Ron DeSantis declares a state of emergency for counties along Florida’s east coast. Florida’s price gouging laws for this event only apply within the area of the declared state of emergency and only for commodities and services essential to preparing for or recovering from the storm event.
However, the price gouging laws remain in effect statewide under the emergency declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in March for commodities that relate specifically to the health crisis. Another storm-related state of emergency also continues as a result of Hurricane Michael for 14 panhandle counties.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “It’s important that Floridians take steps now to prepare for a potential strike by Hurricane Isaias and I’m expanding my Price Gouging Hotline to receive reports of extreme price increases on important items needed to be prepared. It’s important for consumers to know that there are now multiple emergency declarations in Florida—including one for Isaias and one statewide for COVID-19.”
VIDEO: Thousands Register for Florida’s First Ever Virtual Human Trafficking Summit
Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a new, record-smashing registration tally for the upcoming 2020 Human Trafficking Summit—more than 2,000 people! Registrants span more than half of the states in the union. For the first time ever, the Summit will be held virtually—in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. Given the virtual format of the Summit, spots remain open for people interested in joining the fight to end human trafficking. The annual Summit brings together local, state and national leaders immersed in the fight to eradicate all forms of human trafficking.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This devastating health crisis has not kept human traffickers from their evil endeavors and we won’t let it stop us from joining together as a state and nation to share ideas and learn more effective strategies for eradicating this horrific crime. I am overwhelmed at the outpouring of support and interest in our virtual Human Trafficking Summit. Even though thousands have already registered, we still have room for more and would invite anyone interested in joining our fight to register for the Summit now.”
Attorney General Moody Urges Passage of Cut Profits to the Cuban Regime Act to Fight Human Trafficking
Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chair of Florida’s Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, is urging congressional leaders to take action to slow human trafficking of health care workers from Cuba—many of these victims now live in Florida. Attorney General Moody sent a letter to Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, Sen. James E. Risch of Idaho, Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in strong support of the Cut Profits to the Cuban Regime Act. The CPCR Act aims to end the human trafficking of Cuban health care professionals through the country’s overseas medical missions program.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “As Attorney General, one of my top priorities is ending human trafficking. While my efforts have included working with law enforcement to address forced sexual exploitation, human trafficking takes on many other forms, including forced and inhumane labor. Thousands of Cuban medical professionals are currently being sent overseas for their services with their pay going to benefit the communist Cuban government. We cannot stand idly by as this regime continues to abuse and exploit its citizens. We must act now to end this form of modern-day slavery orchestrated by the Cuban government.”
Statewide Human Trafficking Organization Joined by Attorney General to Recognize World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
Members of the Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking were joined on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons by the Attorney General Ashley Moody and survivor Savannah Parvu to appeal to all Floridians to join in the statewide effort to end human trafficking in Florida.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “On World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, I am asking all Floridians to consider ways to join us in the fight to end this atrocious crime in Florida—even if it is simply educating yourself about how to spot and report trafficking. Our annual Human Trafficking Summit is fast approaching and will be held virtually for the first time in its nine-year history. If you are interested in joining the fight to end human trafficking or in helping survivors heal and thrive, please join me and the Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking at the Summit’s launch October 6—thousands have already signed up, but there is still room for you.”
This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody attended and spoke at the Florida Sheriffs Summer Awards Ceremony in Bonita Springs to congratulate deputies from across the state.
Attorney General Moody speaking with Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey about BCSO ambassador bloodhound and spokesdog Junny.
Attorney General Moody delivered a call-to-action video message on World Day Against Human Trafficking in Persons. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking and strengthening the security of our communities so that women, men and children are not subjected to the horrors of this grave crime against humanity. To view the video, click