The Florida Congressional Delegation hosted a panel on human trafficking on June 28 in Washington DC. The chairs of the hearing were Representatives Alcee Hastings and Vern Buchanan, and most of the delegation was in attendance (Mast, Frankel, Rutherford, Yoho, Wasserman-Shultz, Demings, Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart, Castor, Rooney, Dunn). Panelists included Dr. Suzanne Harrison (FSU College of Medicine, AMWA President), Elizabeth Fisher (Founder and Director of Selah Freedom), Special Agent Jose Ramirez (FDLE), Michelle Guelbard (director for private sector engagement for the anti-child sex trafficking nonprofit ECPAT-USA) and Bethany Gilot (Statewide human trafficking director for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice). The panel focused on the high burden of both sex and labor trafficking in the State of Florida, which ranks 3rd in the nation in number of cases. The panelists proposed additional funding to address victim recovery, extend services to rural locales and educate healthcare professionals.
By: Dr. Suzanne Harrison MD, FAAFP, FAMWA, AMWA President