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July 25, 2019

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President Galvano Appoints Senator Diaz to the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking

Tallahassee —

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) today announced the appointment of Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. (R-Hialeah Gardens) to represent the Senate on the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking.

“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that impacts our families and communities throughout the state. Senator Diaz has worked tirelessly to implement legislation designed to protect, empower and provide services to our state’s vulnerable populations,” said President Galvano. “I am honored Senator Diaz will represent the Senate on this Council, and look forward to witnessing the work he and the Council accomplish in order to provide comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking and to bring human trafficking perpetrators to justice.”

“I am honored to be appointed by President Galvano to the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking,” said Senator Diaz. “Human trafficking has caused grave impacts to communities across our state. I look forward to begin working with the Council to combat this evil, apprehend perpetrators, educate our communities, and maximize support resources for victims.”

The purpose of the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking is to enhance the development and coordination of state and local law enforcement and social services responses to fight commercial sexual exploitation as a form of human trafficking and to provide support services for victims.

This year, the Florida Legislature passed House Bill 851 which requires the Department of Legal Affairs to establish the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking Direct-Support Organization to provide assistance, funding, and support to the Council and to assist in the fulfillment of the Council's purposes.

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