|July 10, 2014
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Attorney General Pam Bondi announces the appointment of four members to the newly created Statewide Council on Human Trafficking. The appointees are State Attorney for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder, FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights Executive Director Terry Coonan and Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking West Florida Chair Dotti Groover Skipper.
“I am pleased to announce these appointees to Florida’s new Statewide Council on Human Trafficking,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Their experience and expertise will help further our goal of ensuring Florida is a zero tolerance state for human trafficking, and will provide insight into improving care for victims of this horrific crime.”
The 15 member Council will be chaired by Attorney General Bondi and will build on existing state and local partnerships working to combat human trafficking.
“I am committed to an all-hands-on-deck approach to eradicating human trafficking. With the involvement of Florida’s top leaders, the Council will work to identify much needed care for victims and provide support for the continued prosecution of traffickers,” said Bondi. “I recently returned from a trip to Mexico City with a delegation of several U.S. Attorneys General. My colleagues and I are also working together on an international level to combat this abhorrent crime.”
Human Trafficking touches every corner of our state and Florida continues to rank third in the number of calls received by the National Human Trafficking hotline.
“Florida’s Human Trafficking victims would be invisible, if not for the commitment of advocacy groups and our law enforcement community. Awareness, and raising awareness, are the first steps toward eliminating this modern sexual slavery. I am proud that our effort in Miami to create an innovative trauma informed prosecution model for Human Trafficking cases may become a model for the state and the country. I would like to thank the Attorney General for appointing me to this important statewide role on the Human Trafficking Council,” said State Attorney Fernandez Rundle.
“The trafficking of human beings is an act so inhumane that no civilized society can rest until all vestiges of it are eradicated. As a member of the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, I intend to advocate for the rescue and rehabilitation of victims, and for the strongest possible punishment for traffickers,” said Sheriff Snyder
The Council will hold its first meeting later this summer. Members will include law enforcement officers, prosecutors, legislators, as well as experts in the fields of health, education and social services. The Council was created through legislation passed and signed into law earlier this year.