On July 30, 2020, the World Day Against Trafficking in Person, the Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle of the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office greeted participants attending the 2020 Summer Human Trafficking Academy, The State of Labor Trafficking Domestically and Abroad: A Critical Assessment on the 20th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, with a video message. “I want to thank you for enrolling in this amazing program that brings together the very best and the brightest in the field of combatting human trafficking,” said Fernandez Rundle.
“We are all now celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. It gives us all an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come and look forward to the focus on what lays ahead in the next chapter of ending human trafficking here and abroad,” said Fernandez Rundle. In only eight years, State Attorney Fernandez Rundle’s office has established a dedicated Human Trafficking Unit that now has a Human Trafficking Center where prosecutors, investigators, and specialized victim coordinators are co-located to provide a holistic and trauma-informed approach to ending human trafficking and making survivors whole again.
“We at the John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy greatly cherish our partnership with State Attorney Fernandez Rundle and her dedicated team. They are always chartering new horizons in the fight against human trafficking. Their pioneering contribution in the application of the innovative trauma-informed law enforcement model in the investigation and prosecution of the crime human trafficking has been second to none,” said Dr. Roza Pati, Founder and Director of the Academy.
State Attorney Fernandez full remarks are available in the video below.