Florida is a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking, and this week I conferenced with key members in the fight to end this horrific crime. Thursday, the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking’s Legislative and Special Initiatives Committee conferenced to discuss our continued work to help victims and survivors of trafficking and to ensure the criminals who target them are put behind bars. With the work of dedicated Floridians, including educators, law enforcement officers, lawmakers and survivors, we can achieve our mission to end human trafficking.
Awareness and knowing how to recognize a victim are key factors in the fight—that is why my office worked with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement this summer to update the two-hour human trafficking online training course for law enforcement officers. The course is now live, and more than 5,000 law enforcement officers have already taken the training.
Combating human trafficking is an all hands-on-deck effort, and I am excited to co-host Florida’s 2016 Human Trafficking Summit next month, bringing together those dedicated to the effort. This summit is a perfect example of the team work that will eradicate human trafficking in Florida. Hundreds of attendees will include community leaders, educators, healthcare providers, law enforcement, legislators, service providers and survivors.
My office, along with the Council, the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation, DJJ, DCF and the University of Central Florida are hosting this information-filled conference on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 in Orlando. Throughout the day, attendees will participate in targeted breakout sessions, workshops and training opportunities. I urge those interested in attending the summit to visit HumanTraffickingSummit.com to register.