The vision of the task force is to combat modern day slavery and human trafficking and to
empower the survivors through prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership in the
greater Orlando area.
The mission of the task force is to provide a human-rights based, victim centered community
forum and mechanism to combat all aspects of human trafficking in the greater Orlando
area through coordination of public awareness, education and involvement and the creation
of formalized alliances and partnerships of local, state and federal agencies and
organizations, including law enforcement, social service agencies, faith-based and
community groups, businesses, immigrant outreach programs, and health care and legal assistance
- What is human trafficking?
Trafficking means recruiting, abducting, facilitating, transferring, harboring, or transporting a person, by threat or use of force, coercion, fraud or deception or by the purchase, sale, trade, transfer or receipt of a person, for the purpose of subjecting that person to involuntary servitude, peonage, slavery, slave-like practices, sex trafficking, or forced or bonded labor services.
- Does human trafficking actually take place in Central Florida?
In the past 18 months, there have been 125 confirmed victims of human trafficking in
Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties according to statistics from the Metropolitan Bureau
of Investigation and Florida’s Department of Children & Family Services. A majority of these are children.
The number of cases is growing as well. In the first four months of this year, the number of confirmed victims is already more than half of all the cases reported in 2012.
It is also believed the number of victims is significantly higher as there is a reluctance to confirm human trafficking by the victims due to the emotional influence of their captors.
Florida is one of the highest destination states for women and children trafficked into the
United States. In the past couple of years, law enforcement and social service providers have
identified multiple cases of human trafficking in the greater Orlando area.
- How is the task force funded?
Currently, the task force does not receive direct funding as an organization. We do not solicit or accept donations directly for the task force.
However, we are comprised of different non- profit organizations which already count on an
established funding structure.
To cover the current needs and assure an immediate continuum of services, the existing members will extend the services currently being provided to the survivors.
To strengthen and improve the continuum of services, each committee will be tasked with researching and seeking additional funding options, from philanthropic to state and federal
funding within their area of expertise.
- Why does the task force exist?
Although several agencies are currently assisting survivors of human trafficking, there was not a framework in the greater Orlando area that will assure a holistic continuum of services to survivors.
The task force was created by several stakeholders in Orlando who believe a more structured and established framework and partnership was needed to successfully combat human trafficking and empower survivors in the greater Orlando area.
The task force consists of several subcommittees led by chairs and co-chairs who are leaders within their fields of expertise.
- When was the task force created?
The task force was incorporated with the State of Florida on April 10, 2013.
Where We Work
- FL Department of Children and Families – http://www.myflfamilies.com/
- Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Assn. – http://www.legalaidocba.org/
- Holland and Knight – http://www.hklaw.com/
- Florida Abolitionist – http://www.floridaabolitionist.org/
- House of Mentoring and Empowerment – http://www.homefl.org/
- The Lifeboat Project – http://thelifeboatproject.org/
- Zebra Coalition – http://www.zebrayouth.org/
- Orange County DVTF – http://www.orangecountydomesticviolencetaskforce.org/
- No Limit Ministries – http://www.nolimitministries.org/
- Harbor House of Central Florida – http://www.harborhousefl.com/
- Peace Builders Justice for Florida – http://www.pbjflorida.org
- Forgiven Much Ministries – http://www.forgivenmuchministries.org/
- The Born2Fly Project – http://www.born2fly.org/
- Northland Church – http://www.northlandchurch.net/
- Nemours Children Hospital – http://www.nemours.org
- Orlando Police Department – http://www.cityoforlando.net/police/
- Ocala Police Department – http://www.ocalapd.com/
- Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation – http://www.mbi-police.org/
- Seminole County Legal Aid
- Harbor House
- Safehouse of Seminole
- Amnesty International
- 306 Foundation
- Osceola County Sheriff’s Office
- University of Central Florida
- Johnson University
- Florida Hospital
- Connect City
- Samaritan Village
- Aspire Health Parnters
- FL Department of Juveile Justice
- Federbal Bureua of Investigation
- Department of Homeland Security
- Children’s Advocacy Center
- Community Based Care of Central Florida
- Orlando Health
- Hope City United
- Community Hope Center
- Orlando Diocese
- Children’s Rescue Network
- Boys Town
- Porch Light
- Transitions Boutique
- Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
- Images of Glory
- Lake Mary Police Department
- Altamonte Springs Police Department
- Brevard County Sheriff’s Office
- Victim Service Center
- Help Now of Osceola