Florida Children and Youth Cabinet Human Trafficking Summit
The Florida Children and Youth Cabinet and the
Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights
Human Trafficking Summit
On Monday, September 24, 2012, more than 250 concerned state and community leaders and advocates attended the first Florida Children and Youth Cabinet Human Trafficking Summit to learn about trafficking in Florida, what the state is doing to prevent it and what people can do to help victims in their own communities. Another 300 individuals participated in the live online webcast of the event.
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery through forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation. Statistics rank Florida as the third highest trafficking destination in the country, and half of all trafficking victims are children. Across America, almost 300,000 youth are at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Many are being trafficked in our own communities.
Attorney General Pam Bondi participated in the summit with Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins and Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters.
Several Floridians were honored for their efforts to stop human trafficking and help victims.
- Rep. Erik Fresen – Florida Safe Harbor Act Bill Sponsor
- Miami Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle – Prosecutor of the Year
- Tonja Marshall, Group Supervisor for the Department of Homeland Security – Law Enforcement Official of the Year
- Trudy Novicki, Executive Director of Kristi House, and Sandy Skelaney, Project GOLD Program Manager at Kristi House – Advocates of the Year
To see the Twitter feed from the event, search #Trafficking2012. If you are aware of any individual who is being abused or exploited, please call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873.
Follow these instructions to confirm that you will be able to view the event:
- Using the computer and browser you will use to watch the webcast, visit http://learningforlife.fsu.edu/webcastTest/index.htm
- Once there, press ‘Play’ in the lower left hand corner of the window. If you can see the FSU seal and TV color bars and hear the TV test tone, you will be able to watch the webcast. If you don’t see these items, click on the blue and white box at the top left hand corner of the window that says ‘Install Microsoft Silverlight’ and follow the subsequent instructions. Then, try the test presentation again. If that doesn’t work, visit http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/Get-Started/Install/Default.aspx and follow the instructions. Then, try the test presentation again.
- If you are unable to successfully install Microsoft Silverlight, first contact your Internet Technology Department for assistance. If you do not have an IT department or they are unable to assist you, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request assistance.
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