Public Event

International Refugee Forum

This event is free and open to the public and will be held in Student Center Ballroom located at  200 6th Ave South in St. Petersburg.

A panel of young refugees including Negar Sabet, a high school senior from Iran who spoke at last year's World Refugee Day event, and Thomas Gebregergis, a refugee from Eritrea who is now a graduate student at USF, will speak about leaving their home countries and starting a new life here in  Tampa Bay. 

Homelessness Affordable Housing Committee

Call in: 1-888-670-3525, press 9798513235 when prompted.

This conference call will address the committees’ continued development of policy recommendations and work tasks to address the Council’s Strategic Plan to reduce the number of persons who may be facing homelessness in Florida.

A copy of the agenda for any of the conference calls may be obtained by contacting: Tom Pierce, 1317 Winewood Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL, 32399-0700, 850-922-4691, or email

The 2013 Consultation - Welcoming. Belonging. Integrating Refugees in Florida

Save the Date

The 2013 Refugee Services Consultation will bring together contracted service providers, local and national refugee resettlement agencies, key federal officials, governmental and community partners, refugees, and other interested participants for discussions and presentations on a wide range of issues. The Consultation will provide opportunities to meet and interact with professional colleagues, refugees from throughout the state, and Ethnic Community Based Organization leaders. There will also be films and performances by refugee artists.

Human Trafficking Awareness Month Press Conference

Child-serving Agencies to Host Press Conference to Recognize Human Trafficking Awareness Month


- Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters
- Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins
- Agency for People with Disabilities Director Barbara Palmer
- Governor’s Office of Adoption and Child Protection Director Zackary Gibson
- Volunteer Advocate for Human Trafficking Deborah Polston


Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children - - Executive Overview

Department of Children and Families and Northwest Florida Human Trafficking Coalition

Throughout the month of January, Mayors within Bay County have shown support of the Governor's Office proclamation of Human Trafficking.

Awareness. Bay County Commission Chairman will show the same support at this event followed by an executive level overview of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.

Event is 10:00 am Central Time.


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