DCF Shares Expertise on Human Trafficking at World Affairs Council Meeting

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2015

DCF Shares Expertise on Human Trafficking at World Affairs Council Meeting

TALLAHASSEE –The Florida Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) Statewide Human Trafficking Prevention Director Kim Grabert, along with other DCF staff, have been invited to attend the World Affairs Council of Central Florida meeting with Malaysia March 26-27 to discuss preventative measures surrounding human trafficking.

The group from Malaysia will consist of three international visitors and a liaison, focusing on cooperative measures taken to combat human trafficking in Orlando. Grabert’s attendance was specifically requested following the success of her meeting with Qatar at the World Affairs Council last October.

“We’re extremely honored and proud that such a dedicated advocate for the prevention of human trafficking has been asked to attend this meeting once again. Kim Grabert’s passion and knowledge is a very useful tool, not only for our department, but for Malaysia as well,” Secretary Mike Carroll said.

Presented with the Polaris Award at Orlando’s Human Trafficking Awareness Day earlier this year, Grabert was recognized for her extraordinary leadership and achievements in protecting victims of modern day slavery. Founder of the Child Sexual Exploitation/Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Sub Committee of the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force, her efforts have shed light and created public awareness concerning both sex trafficking and labor trafficking in the United States.

Sex trafficking and forced labor occur every day in the Florida and do not discriminate. In order to help the victims of such a heinous crime, it is important to report suspicious situations. If an individual believes a child is a victim of human trafficking, they can report it to the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE. If an adult victim is suspected to be trafficked reports can be made to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888.

Human Trafficking is modern day slavery. Criminalized under both federal and Florida law, it is defined as the transporting, soliciting, recruiting, harboring, providing, or obtaining of another person for transport; for the purposes of forced labor; domestic servitude or sexual exploitation using force, fraud and/or coercion. If the sex trafficking victim is under the age of 18, it is human trafficking regardless of whether force, fraud and/or coercion exist.

For more information and resources on human trafficking in Florida visit: www.MyFLFamilies.com/human-trafficking.

Contact: Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, (850) 717-4450