(L-R: Sen. Lauren Book, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association President & CEO Carol Dover, Council Chair Ellyn Bogdanoff, Attorney General Ashley Moody, Rep. Toby Overdorf, Council Board Member Sara Mahoney, Uber Senior Public Policy Manager Stephanie Smith, Council Executive Director Erin Collins, Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, )
[Tallahassee, Fla.] Attorney General Ashley Moody joined members of the Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking as they launched the organization. The Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking is a nonprofit organization created by the Florida Legislature to provide funding, support and assistance to the statewide effort to end human trafficking.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “I’m proud to stand with our Direct Support Organization, the Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking, as they unveil their new name and work to provide additional resources for our mission of ending this atrocious crime in Florida. We look forward to implementing strategic policy using these additional resources and raising awareness about human trafficking. This will be increasingly important as our state prepares to host several large, high-profile events, such as the Super Bowl, in the coming months and years.”
“Our focus is to raise funds and support the Council’s efforts while promoting training and awareness to stop this exploitation,” said Chair Ellyn Bogdanoff.
“Here, at the intersection of good policy and proper funding, is where we can truly make a difference. Predators, beware. We’re working to put you out of business,” said Senator Lauren Book.
“It’s crucial that this new DSO will become self-sustaining and continue raising awareness and eventually put an end to Human Trafficking forever,” said Representative Heather Fitzenhagen who was the House sponsor of the legislation that created the direct support organization last year.
Representative Toby Overdorf stated, “I am blessed to be able to serve the State of Florida as a member of the Direct Service Organization supporting the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking. The economic support generated by the DSO will allow our state to fight modern day slavery and remove this scourge from the planet.”