January 2019 has been designated as National Human
Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month by the federal
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 in the nation; 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, FSW State College, FGCU, 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 program for youth, “Prevention Power” will be held at the Stars Complex on January 12, 2019; FSW will be hosting an outdoor community exhibition, “Bought and Sold” January 16 through February 1, 2019;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim the month of January 2019 as Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month in Lee County.