Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 2, Issue 43 • Oct. 30, 2020
Attorney General Moody's Week In Review

Tomorrow is Halloween, and with COVID-19 making 2020 a scary year, Halloween may look different than in previous years.

Children may not understand why, and some will be upset in areas where they may not be able to participate with their friends like normal. However, if trick-or-treating is in your Halloween plans, take precautions to keep COVID-19 from haunting your family.

I personally will be wearing a more festive mask this year and you can make yours more fun too or even incorporate it into your costume.

Maintain social distance while walking the streets, and if you see a house that is not lit up, simply pass it by.

Some may not feel comfortable participating this year, and that is okay!

Floridians looking for a safe alternative to personally handing out candy may try leaving out a bowl full of goodies by the door or even tossing it to trick-or-treaters.

Also, remember to wash your hands or use sanitizer as much as possible.

Apart from COVID-19 precautions, here are a few standard Halloween safety tips:
I wish everyone a healthy and safe Halloween! Although many more will be wearing masks this year, you can bet there will still be lots of smiles behind them.

In the News
Ashley Moody launches campaign enlisting truck drivers to help stop human trafficking, The Capitolist

Feds demand Advanced Disposal shed local routes, assets before Waste Management takeover, Florida Times-Union

Ashley Moody, FLHSMV Launch Effort to Bring Truck Drivers into the Fight Against Human Trafficking, Florida Daily

Escambia Sheriff's Captain, mechanic recognized for heroic efforts during Hurricane Sally, WEAR Pensacola

Protecting Floridians
VIDEO: Attorney General Moody and FLHSMV Launch Highway Heroes Campaign to Stop Human Trafficking on Florida Roadways

Attorney General Ashley Moody and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles launched a campaign aimed at enlisting half a million commercial truck drivers in the fight to end human trafficking. The campaign, Highway Heroes, involves a multimedia campaign, outreach materials mailed directly to commercial driver license holders and a new website with resources to educate drivers how to identify victims and report suspected human trafficking. The joint effort between Attorney General Moody and FLHSMV is funded through a U.S. Department of Transportation grant issued to FLHSMV to help train drivers and raise awareness about human trafficking on America’s roadways.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Truck drivers play an important role in our fight to end human trafficking. Nearly half a million licensed truck drivers live in Florida, and at any given time—day or night—they can be found transporting goods across our great state. By spending so much time on the road, visiting truck stops and communicating with each other regularly, these drivers create a powerful network that can be called upon to spot and report suspected human trafficking. I am proud to partner with FLHSMV to launch this bold initiative aimed at adding a million eyes and ears to patrol thousands of miles of Florida roadways to help spot human trafficking and rescue trafficking victims from their captors.” More.

Attorney General Moody’s Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett

Attorney General Ashley Moody released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

“Experienced and well versed in all facets of the law, Justice Amy Coney Barrett will bring a fair and disciplined approach to the U.S. Supreme Court, undoubtedly upholding the rule of law and the principles set forth in our Constitution. As a respected jurist and a mother of seven, she is a deserving role model to so many and I know she will serve with distinction on our nation’s highest court.”

BACK THE BLUE ALERT: Attorney General Moody Recognizes Escambia Sheriff’s Captain and Mechanic for Heroic Efforts in Face of Hurricane Sally

Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Back the Blue Awards for Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jeremy Small and mechanic Chris Leverett for their efforts in rescuing nearly 120 people from dangerous flooding amid Hurricane Sally.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Thank you, Captain Jeremy Small and Chris Leverett, for your courageous efforts, risking your own lives to save the lives of others. Capt. Small is a shining example of what it means to be a Florida law enforcement officer, putting service over self to protect your community. Mr. Leverett also showed true courage in the face of danger volunteering to assist on this dangerous job and backed the blue by supporting law enforcement in this rescue mission.

“I am incredibly proud of Capt. Small, Mr. Leverett and the good Samaritan who offered his boat to carry nearly 120 people to safety as Hurricane Sally ravaged the panhandle. This story has many heroes and is a testament to the strength, resiliency and sense of community shared among the people of this great state. No matter what challenges we may face, I know Floridians can weather any storm when we come together.” More.

VIDEO CONSUMER ALERT: Be Proactive to Prevent Cybercrime this 2020 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and with the pandemic forcing more Floridians to work, learn and socialize online, Attorney General Ashley Moody is issuing a Consumer Alert to encourage hyper-vigilance as a host of new cybersecurity threats have emerged—from Zoombombing to imposter websites infected with malware. Floridians must prepare and be proactive to safely navigate this new and increasingly digital society.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we can use technology to keep moving forward when faced with unprecedented challenges. It has also reminded us that any major shift in behavior or advancement in technology will be exploited by criminals to deceive the public. That is why we must remain hyper-vigilant. In recognition of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, I am asking all Floridians to be proactive and take steps to protect their identities and finances from hackers, scammers and other types of cybercriminals.” More.

This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody recognized Pro Bono Week and encouraged all within the legal profession to do Pro Bono work to ensure all Floridians have meaningful access to our judicial system. To watch Attorney General Moody’s Pro Bono Week message, click here.

Attorney General Moody held a virtual meeting with the Board of Directors of the Florida Police Benevolence Association during their annual conference.

Attorney General Moody virtually addressing members of Florida TaxWatch during the organization’s 41st Annual Meeting.

Attorney General Moody joining a Project Opioids meeting with more than 250 business leaders regarding the state of the opioid crisis and stressing the importance of business and community leaders joining the fight.

Attorney General Moody honored Deputy Attorney General Trish Conners after more than 36 years of service to the Florida Attorney General’s Office. The Attorney General’s Office thanks Trish for her incredible contributions to the Department of Legal Affairs over her career.