Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody was chosen on Monday by the National Association of Attorneys Generals to lead a national committee as Co-Chair, focusing on anti-human trafficking policies and services for survivors. The national committee provides a forum for state attorneys general to collaborate on issues related to human trafficking and promote best practices to combat trafficking and assist survivors.
The Human Trafficking Committee focuses on facilitating education, investigation, outreach, prevention, prosecution, and victim services protection. The committee will also disseminate information on emerging issues and practices in the fight against human trafficking.
“Ending human trafficking in Florida is one of my top priorities, but we can’t achieve this lofty goal by working within our state borders alone. That’s not how traffickers operate, so we too must break down barriers and work together,” said Moody. “I am thrilled to help lead the National Association of Attorneys General Human Trafficking Committee. The members of this prestigious committee will work in unison—to share ideas and strategies for combating human trafficking and saving lives.”
Moody has been a champion of anti-trafficking legislature during her term as Attorney General, bringing pressing issues regarding trafficking in the state to the center of focus. In January, Moody launched the 100 Percent Club, an initiative recognizing Florida businesses and organizations that commit to training their employees on how to spot and report suspected human trafficking.
Additionally, Attorney General Moody is working with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to train truck drivers to spot and report human trafficking through the Highway Heroes Campaign. Since its launch, more than 4,600 commercial truck drivers have received anti-human trafficking training and are now equipped to help keep an eye on Florida’s 12,000 miles of highways and report suspicious activity to law enforcement.
“Human traffickers know no bounds. So, we too must break down barriers, and that is why I am thrilled to lead the [National Association of Attorneys Generals] Human Trafficking Committee—to share ideas and strategies that will help stop human trafficking and save lives,” Moody said on Twitter in response to the announcement.
Florida in January ranked first in a nationwide analysis of states’ efforts to combat trafficking.
Published by Shared Hope International and the Institute for Justice and Advocacy, the report gave 40 out of 50, and the District of Columbia failing grades for their trafficking efforts. Florida was the only state to receive a C grade. Ten states received D grades and 40 states and D.C. received F grades. No states received A or B grades.