Local, state and federal law enforcement representatives, as well as social service providers, know it can be extremely challenging to identify and assist victims of human trafficking because of their diverse needs and because human trafficking is a hidden reality.
STAC was created to fill these needs and meet this challenge.
• Provide emergency and joint case management for victims
• Work with existing agencies and organizations as a single point of contact for those who are assisting victims
• Collaborate to provide services to victims such as shelter, case management, health care, legal services, education, job assistance, and counseling
• Promote public awareness of human trafficking
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News & Updates
From WFSU News: A bill that would allow sex-trafficking survivors to sue hotels that turn a blind eye to their abuse is moving in the Florida Senate. Some lawmakers worry that Senate Bill 1044 would create a new area of the law – or grounds for fraud. But this week, as Margie Menzel reports, the Read more about WFSU News: Sex Trafficking Victims Could Sue Hotels Under Senate Proposal[…]
At the February Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking (BBAHT) meeting, members received a copy of the Governor and Cabinet Human Trafficking Awareness Month Proclamation. STAC works closely with BBAHT and other organizations in our area to spread awareness, educate the community and identify and assist victims of human trafficking. Also at that meeting, the Read more about BBCAHT Meeting: Governor and Cabinet Human Trafficking Awareness Month Proclamation[…]
Investigative reporting from The Atlantic charts devastating history of sexual violence in agriculture, identifies Fair Food Program for as “source of hope” for the industry…
From The Atlantic: There’s a Sexual-Harassment Epidemic on America’s Farms Many of the women who work in agriculture often have few options but to put up with abuse on the job. Undocumented workers without papers and workers on temporary visas are extremely vulnerable to exploitation in the workplace. This exploitation takes many forms, including unfair Read more about Investigative reporting from The Atlantic charts devastating history of sexual violence in agriculture, identifies Fair Food Program for as “source of hope” for the industry…[…]
From Time.com: A California man was sentenced to life in federal prison for buying Filipino children for sex and pornography in what prosecutors called one of most “lurid, willful, and disturbing” child exploitation cases in the nation. U.S. District Judge John Mendez said he was sickened by the crimes committed by Michael Carey Clemans, 57, Read more about California Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Buying Filipino Children[…]
IMAGINING FREEDOM: ‘SLAVERY-FREE’ MEAL AIMS TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING WITH FOCUS ON ROLE OF CONSUMERS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TALLAHASSEE… As Human Trafficking Awareness Month comes to an end, local activists will focus on the role of consumers at the “Imagining Freedom” dinner Tuesday at Florida State University’s Turnbull Center. Billed as a culinary tasting event to raise awareness about labor and sex trafficking, the meal will be coordinated by Susan Read more about IMAGINING FREEDOM: ‘SLAVERY-FREE’ MEAL AIMS TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING WITH FOCUS ON ROLE OF CONSUMERS[…]
From WFSU News: As part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, law enforcement officials and other stakeholders are coming together to make sure Floridians know what to look for to help combat the modern day slavery practice. “It’s a very clandestine operation,” said Robin Hassler Thompson, speaking on WFSU’s Perspectives. “You can’t see it. In fact, Read more about WFSU News – As Part Of Human Trafficking Month, Experts Want Floridians To Increase Awareness[…]
The month of January is dedicated to raising awareness of human trafficking. But, the Florida House and the Senate want to make awareness a year round effort. Andrew Quintana reports. While advocates were talking about human trafficking at the Capitol today, healthcare professionals a few blocks away were getting some consciousness-raising of their own on Read more about Capital Report on WFSU Highlights Human Trafficking Awareness Month[…]
From the Tallahassee Democrat: AmyLynn Smoot tells how she was forced into a life of sex trafficking as an 8-year-old to show there is hope. People do survive the trauma of being sold for sex with adults, she told the Rotary Club of Tallahassee. But sex slavery, Smoot warned, is an epidemic that continues in Read more about Sex trafficking survivor: ‘This is happening in Tallahassee’[…]
From the Tallahassee Democrat: The Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the Tallahassee Police Department unveiled a new squad car vehicle wrap Thursday designed to raise awareness and combat human trafficking. U.S. Attorney Christopher Canova joined with TPD Chief Michael DeLeo and other members of the coalition to discuss the issue and urge citizens Read more about Tallahassee Police Department unveils anti-trafficking squad car wrap[…]
This panel on WFSU held on January 4th included Robin Hassler Thompson, Executive Director of Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District, Chris Canova (discussing the issue of human trafficking as well as the work of the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking), Chief of Investigations, Jeff Beasley with the Read more about Perspectives Call In Radio Show – WFSU 88.9 FM[…]