To combat human trafficking through preventative education and community partnerships.

Southwest Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking

The Southwest Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking works with a large and growing number of area organizations that provide various direct services to survivors of human trafficking. The regional partner organizations meet every two months to learn more about some aspect of one another’s mission and work to prevent and combat human trafficking.

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 Regional Partner Meeting- March 11, 2021 at 11am

Our next Regional Partner Zoom meeting will be held on March 11, 2021 at 11AM. We will be joined by State Attorney Amira Fox and Francine Donnorummo, SVU Chief for the 20th Judicial Circuit. They will be discussing the following topics:

  • An update on the HT Counts system introduced to us a few years ago. I asked if this database for tracking human trafficking cases in SWFL is still in operation and, if so, what is the data telling us?
  • Language clarification of two proposed bills having to do with human trafficking which are coming before the 2021 Florida Legislature:

HB 523 (2021) – Human Trafficking | Florida House of Representatives (myfloridahouse.gov) and the attached document regarding depositions of underage survivors of sex trafficking. I asked Amira and Francine to tell us, in laypeople’s English, what these bills are proposing.

  • Ways in which the SWFL Coalition Against Human Trafficking and our Regional Partner agencies and organizations can support their work in the State Attorney’s office

Here’s the Zoom link, https://zoom.us/j/99247199895?pwd=SmF1MGw2UEhlT1FpYjlTTmJSdXBQdz09 

Limits on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act & Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act

Elizabeth Donovan, one of the founding members of the Southwest Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking and a current Board member, published an article Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act & Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act: A Shield for Jane Doe.

In FOSTA-SESTA Congress clarified and amended section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 to ensure that it does not “provide legal protection to websites that unlawfully promote and facilitate prostitution and websites that facilitate traffickers in advertising the sale of unlawful sex acts with sex trafficking victims.” 

In her article, Professor Donovan considers and then rejects the claim that the alleged burdens FOSTA-SESTA puts on those who self-report as freely choosing to work in the sex trade outweigh the potential benefit—fewer sex-trafficking people.

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