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Media Advisory

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott
Governor

David E. Wilkins
Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Gillespie,
Press Secretary,
(850) 717-4450
DCF Communications

EVENTS AROUND THE STATE BRING AWARENESS TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING
~ National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is Jan. 11 ~

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - The Department of Children and Families and its partners around the state are bringing awareness to the problem of human trafficking throughout the month of January.

Human trafficking is modern day slavery through forced labor, debt bondage, involuntary servitude, forced marriage, and commercial sexual exploitation. Statistics rank Florida as the third most popular trafficking destination in the country. Half of all trafficking victims are children. The Department of Children and Families is committed to taking a leadership role in efforts to abolish human trafficking in Florida.

Statewide events:

  • January 9, 1 p.m.-6 p.m.: Broward County Human Trafficking Task Force is showing "CNN Freedom Project, Not My Life" followed by a panel discussion, involving the U.S. Attorney, Homeland Security Investigations, FBI, Ft. Lauderdale Police Department. African-American Research Library.
  • January 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Fight or Flight awareness booth at the University of Florida, Plaza of the Americas.
  • January 9, 7 p.m.: Viewing of film “Immokalee USA” and discussion with director and farm workers featured in the film. Edison State College, Fort Myers, Building U Room 102.
  • January 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: FIGHT will have a photo booth at the University of Florida, Plaza of the Americas.
  • January 10, 10 a.m.: Packing party to prepare the bags for day laborers at Homestead Police Department.
  • January 11, 7-11:30 a.m.: South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force will be visiting several sites to speak to the migrant community and hand out informational brochures.
  • January 11, 9-10:30 a.m.: Broward County Human Trafficking Task Force is having a moment of reflection at Central Broward Regional Park with African-American church members. Central Broward Regional Park.
  • January 11, 6-8 p.m.: Junior League of Jacksonville “Dine and Discussion” on human trafficking.
  • January 11, 4-6 p.m.: Showing of the movie “Sold” by FIGHT, University of Florida, O’Connell Center.
  • January 12, 6-8 p.m.: FIGHT has a panel discussion with DCF, local law enforcement, Alachua County Human Trafficking Task Force members and the U.S. Attorney on human trafficking. University of Florida, Reitz Union Rion Ballroom.
  • January 13, 6-10 p.m.: FIGHT will be hosting an event depicting sex trafficking using dance and poems at University of Florida.
  • January 14, 8 a.m.: 3rd annual "Run Toward Justice” 5K, sponsored by FIGHT at the University of Florida, Southeast Recreational Center parking lot.
  • January 15: FIGHT is hosting “Free to Dance.” University of Florida.
  • January 16, 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.: 2012 Art and Design for Social Justice Symposium panel discussion at Florida State University. “Creative Responses to Human Trafficking” panel will be from 10-11:15 a.m., William Johnston Building.
  • January 19, 7 p.m.: Theresa Flores, survivor, author and advocate against human trafficking will share her story. Edison State College, Fort Myers, Building U Room 102.
  • January 26, 7 p.m.: Human Trafficking Forum with local law enforcement and advocates. Edison State College, Fort Myers, Building U Room 102.
  • January 27, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: St Thomas University Law School workshop on human trafficking: “Justice at the Door: Ending Domestic Servitude.” Moot Court Room, 16401 NW 37th Ave., Miami Gardens.
  • January 28, 1-4 p.m.: Orlando Rescue and Restore Coalition 4th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Lake Eola.
  • January 31, 1 p.m.: Observation of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Florida Children and Youth Cabinet Meeting, Capitol Cabinet Meeting Room, Tallahassee.

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