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8th Annual Human Trafficking Forum of the State Attorney’s Office

By May 28, 2019News

The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy was pleased to partner once again with The Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle, State Attorney of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, on the 8th Annual State Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Forum:  Challenging What We Know.  The event was well attended by government officials, law enforcement, federal and state prosecutors, non-government organizations, and the community at large.  “Each year, the Annual Human Trafficking Forum hosted by The Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle is a highly anticipated event that brings our community together to highlight cutting edge strides against the scourge of human trafficking.  This year, we were pleased to support the State Attorney’s Forum on challenging what we know about trauma and its real impact on human trafficking victims,” said Founder and Director of the Academy, Dr. Roza Pati.

State Attorney Rundle highlighted the community’s progress against human trafficking and emphasized efforts for the future including an organized response to increased human trafficking issues surrounding large sporting events such as the Super Bowl.  “We have to send a really strong message of who we are as a community.  Miami is going to be strong, and we are not going to tolerate any of this trafficking in our community,” she said.  The Honorable Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, shared the dedication of the U.S. Department of Justice to this issue.  “We are going to work with each one of you to make sure that men, women, [and] young adults are safe in our community,” she said.  The Honorable Francis X. Suarez, Mayor of Miami, remarked, “I am confident in our law enforcement partners.  I am confident in our ability to collaborate, and I am confident in the fact that we will provide the resources necessary to protect the most vulnerable in our society.”

Retired Deputy Chief Michael J. Osgood of the New York Police Department presented on the importance of trauma-informed investigative techniques in human trafficking cases at the Forum.  Also presenting was Dr. Brook Bello, survivor of human trafficking and nationally-recognized advocate.  Dr. Bello described her personal journey and advocacy against human trafficking.  In addition, she discussed the harmful effects of pornography including its negative effects on public health and troubling consumption trends by youth.  “What does that do to the young mind, and how do we relegate that in the future for our generations after us?” asked Bello.

Lastly, the Chairman of Miami’s Super Bowl LIV Host Committee, Rodney Barreto, provided an update on efforts related to the Super Bowl in February of next year.  “We do have sex trafficking that occurs, we recognize that it is a problem, and now we are actively standing up and giving a bigger voice to the issue,” said Barreto.

The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy is proud to participate in The Official Super Bowl LIV Stop Sex Trafficking Campaign led by the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee, the Women’s Fund Miami-Dade, and the Office of Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. In addition, our Summer Intensive Human Trafficking Academy, which takes place on July 15-19, 2019, will focus in detail on commercial sexual exploitation around sporting events.  We invite everyone to participate in it.  Full event details and registration are available here.

Read more about the Forum in MSN News here.

To watch the full Forum online, click below