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[…]
On the afternoon of the first day, January 31, an introductory basic “101 human trafficking training” will be offered. This training is for those who are not familiar with the topic and want a basic understanding of human trafficking. The second and third day of the conference, February 1-2, will focus on emerging promising practices in the anti-trafficking field. Experts in the field will share their insights on promising practices within their respective realms of anti-trafficking work. Interested social service providers, agency stakeholders, community organizations and student groups are welcome to table during the conference.
Very Young Girls is an exposé of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps and treated as adult criminals by police. The film identifies hope for these girls in the organization GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services), a recovery agency. The showing will be followed by a panel discussion.
Human trafficking law and policy experts will explore a wide range of topics and focus on how we, as a community, can engage more fully to see just and fair outcomes in trafficking cases. They will answer the question: What can we all do to bring a “full cup of justice” to trafficking survivors and ensure that all in the justice system are informed and aware of the prevalence of human trafficking and its impacts on clients and cases.
This forum will focus on the issues of human trafficking in Gadsden County including both sex and labor trafficking. Local law enforcement, healthcare and human service providers, the faith community, educational professionals, and community leaders will present information and hold an open forum to discuss human trafficking and needed community responses.
This program will focus on the knowledge and skills to recognize and treat human trafficking survivors in a health care setting, with a special emphasis on public health. CME/CEU to be applied for general licensure credit for physicians, nurses, social workers, marriage and family therapists, dentists, dental hygienists, and other health care professionals and human trafficking required licensure credit for nurses.
An ecumenical conference for the Big Bend faith community to address aspects of human trafficking and help formulate a response to this epidemic. The program includes speakers from the front lines in the fight against human trafficking, reflections from members of the faith community, a panel discussion on how the faith community can be involved, personal reflections from a survivor, and action plan development.
Food Chains sheds light on how Florida farmworkers are battling to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the U.S. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed. A panel of experts will follow the film featuring Dr. Mark McNease, founder of RedEye Coffee, Dr. Maria Pouncey from Panhandle Area Education Consortium (PAEC), Dr. Joseph Grzywacz and FSU Professor Terry Coonan from the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights.