Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


October 1, 2018
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Attorney General Bondi Kicks Off 2018 Human Trafficking Summit
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today kicked off Florida’s 2018 Human Trafficking Summit in Orlando. The annual summit focuses on connecting stakeholders throughout Florida with the shared goal of eradicating human trafficking. Law enforcement, the legal community, educators, healthcare professionals, service providers and other first responders participated in the summit’s profession-specific breakout sessions and training opportunities.

“I am so proud of how far we have come in the fight to end human trafficking in our state. The laws we have created, the partnerships we have developed and the processes we have put in place have been possible because we are able to work together in Florida,” said Attorney General Bondi. “The Human Trafficking Summit is, and will continue to be, a valuable opportunity to bring law enforcement, activists and experts together to share ideas and build on the model we have built.”

To view the summit’s opening session, click here.

Additionally, Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution continues to aggressively prosecute multi-judicial circuit human trafficking cases in Florida. Working with state lawmakers, Attorney General Bondi helped create and chairs the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking. Part of the council’s duties include hosting the annual Human Trafficking Summit.

The summit serves as a forum for Floridians passionate about fighting human trafficking and helping survivors heal. Over the past several years, hundreds of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, community leaders, educators, government leaders, healthcare professionals, and survivors attend the summit to share ideas and provide help, encouragement and inspiration to others.

At today’s summit, Attorney General Bondi presented awards to leaders in the efforts to combat human trafficking in Florida:
Additionally, DJJ named Therese Moses Human Trafficking Advocate of The Year. Already spending 27 years with DJJ, Moses serves as the Human Trafficking Liaison for Florida’s First Circuit Judiciary Court, covering Pensacola and the western Panhandle. She helped develop and maintain the First Circuit Court’s Human Trafficking Task Force, one of the largest and most active anti-trafficking task forces in the state.

DCF named Investigator Katia Coonan the DCF Human Trafficking Investigator of the Year. Coonan worked closely with law enforcement agencies in 12 counties helping to ensure comprehensive investigations are conducted. Coonan is also involved in Human Trafficking Task Forces in Florida’s Second and Fourteenth Circuit Courts, assisting with training investigators and case management staff on the Human Trafficking Screening Tool.

For more information about the summit, visit HumanTraffickingSummit.com.