The 15-member Council chaired by Attorney General Moody, builds on existing state and local partnerships working to combat human trafficking.
Members 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 in 2014.
The Statewide Council on Human Trafficking was created for the purpose of enhancing the development and coordination of state and local law enforcement and social services responses to fight all forms of human trafficking and to support victims.
Council duties include:
- Develop recommendations for comprehensive programs and services including recommendations for certification of safe houses and safe foster homes.
- Assess the frequency and extent to which social media platforms are used to assist, facilitate, or support human trafficking within Florida; establish a process to detect such use on a consistent basis; and make recommendations on how to stop, reduce, or prevent social media platforms from being used for such purposes.
- Make recommendations for apprehending and prosecuting traffickers and enhancing coordination of responses.
- Hold an annual statewide policy summit with an institution of higher learning.
- Work with the Department of Children and Families to create and maintain an inventory of human trafficking programs and services in our state.
- Develop overall policy recommendations.