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(Citrus County, FL) Today, members of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office attended the Attorney General's 2021 Human Trafficking Summit to continue effective methods in identifying, intervening, and ending human trafficking nationally. Attendees of this summit seek to strengthen their mutual responses and dispel misperceptions of human trafficking to reduce this staggering number.

This year’s summit was held virtually again due to ongoing health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to last year’s success, this online format allowed for a larger number of registrants to attend this special webinar of presentations from subject matter experts.

"As servants in our community, we remain steadfast in the protection of human dignity," said Sheriff Prendergast. “We lead by example and we have not grown weary in our fight for those denied their freedoms. Our office, along with our robust network of allies are faithfully continuing the fight against human trafficking."

The Florida's Statewide Council on Human Trafficking was created through legislation in 2014. This 15-member Council, chaired by Attorney General Ashley Moody, builds on existing state and local partnerships working to combat human trafficking. Members of the council include law enforcement officers, prosecutors, legislators, as well as experts in the fields of health, education, and social services.

The council conducts this annual summit to bring together local, state, and national leaders working to eradicate all forms of trafficking. Breakout sessions include recent updates and developments in the following areas:
 Legal and Law Enforcement
 Service Delivery
 Policy and Research
 Medical and Healthcare

Participants of the online summit engaged in conversations about modern case examples of human trafficking and evaluated the best law enforcement methodologies used to combat human trafficking efforts. The Department of State's June 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report indicates traffickers are denying nearly 25 million people around the world of their freedom and basic human dignity.

Learning opportunities created at the 2021 Human Trafficking Summit will allow Florida to continue working to protect victims, prevent trafficking, and prosecute traffickers.
The 2021 Human Trafficking Summit is hosted by the Florida Attorney General's Office, the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking, Inc., and the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers, along with Florida State University as an educational partner.
Posted on 05 Oct 2021

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