Miami (July 11, 2014) State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has beenappointed to Florida`s Statewide Council On Human Trafficking by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. The recently created Statewide Council will have an important role in developing and coordinating Florida`s efforts to fight sex trafficking and will help foster new approaches intended to help the victims of sex trafficking heal and reintegrate back into the community.
Florida`s human trafficking victims would be invisible, if not for the commitment of a broad spectrum of advocacy groups and our law enforcement community. Raising awareness of the problem is the first step toward eliminating this modern sexual slavery. I am proud that our effort in Miami to create an innovative trauma informed prosecution model for Human Trafficking cases may become a model for the state and the country. I would like to thank the Attorney General for appointing me to this important statewide role on the Human Trafficking Council, said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.
The Miami-Dade State Attorney`s Office Human Trafficking Unit has been a prosecutorial leader in this area of the law. The Human Trafficking Unit has filed 236 criminal cases and is involved in over 106 open investigations. The permanent full-time dedicated staff that comprises this unit includes 2 prosecutors; a full-time investigator and a team of officers from various departments in our community; two victim witness counselors; a paralegal and support staff who all working together to save and care for victims.
The recently launched Stop the Sale of Our Children for Sex awareness and hotline campaign uses billboards, bus shelters and other materials to inform the community on how to spot human trafficking and to report to our Human Trafficking Hotline: 305-350-5567.
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