According to the Florida Department of Health, statistics rank Florida as the third highest human trafficking destination in the United States with half of all trafficking victims under the age of 18 (Source).
The JLGO’s Human Trafficking Awareness Committee was formed in 2018 to raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking in the Greater Orlando community. In 2018, the committee hosted a sold-out screening of the documentary In Plain Sight. After the film screening, the JLGO and community partner Florida Abolitionist shared ways that the community could get involved in raising awareness of human trafficking. Also in 2018, the committee facilitated an informational panel for League members featuring representatives from both Florida Abolitionist and Samaritan Village.
In 2019, the Human Trafficking Awareness Committee is hosting a drive to collect items for rescue backpacks which are given to survivors of human trafficking. Additionally, the Committee will provide volunteer support for the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force’s 11th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
Additionally, the JLGO’s Human Trafficking Awareness Committee partners with Florida Abolitionist, a local non-governmental 501(c)3 organization established to stop human trafficking.
To learn more about human trafficking, please review the materials below:
- “Orlando 3rd in nation for human-trafficking calls” from the Orlando Sentinel
- 2017 National Human Trafficking Hotline statistics from Polaris Project
- National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month from the U.S. Department of Defense
To support the JLGO’s efforts to raise awareness of human trafficking in our local community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.