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1-7-14 Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month

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1-7-14 Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month
January 2014 has been designated as National Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month by the Federal Government; and Whereas, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and community organizations founded one of the first human trafficking task forces in the country in 2005 which continues to be actively involved in the fight against modern day slavery through the Southwest Florida Regional Human Trafficking Coalition and the U.S. Attorney’s Human Trafficking Task Force; and Whereas, the State of Florida is recognized as one of three states with the highest incidence of human trafficking and also as one of the states which is doing the most to combat this crime in terms of legislation and victims treated; and Whereas, federal, state and local law enforcement and local organizations such as the Southwest Florida Regional Human Trafficking Coalition, Abuse Counseling Treatment, Catholic Charities, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Hodges University and Lee Memorial Health System are working collaboratively to build awareness through community and educational events, prevention programs for youth and trainings for businesses and medical facilities; and Whereas, a Coalition community event “Slave Free Southwest Florida” will be held in Riverside Park, Bonita Springs on January 18, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm to educate the public through art, music, theatre and family activities; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim the month of January, 2014, as Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month in Lee County.