The Pasco County Commission has re-established and expanded the functions of the Pasco County Commission on Human Trafficking to “more robustly serve the community,” based on an action at the board’s Nov. 17 meeting.
Since 2014, the human trafficking commission has received regional, statewide and national recognition for its advocacy on behalf of human trafficking victims and survivors, according to the board’s agenda materials.
Under its expanded mission, the commission’s goals are to promote awareness of the problem in Pasco, Tampa Bay and Florida; to establish educational programs within the community on how to recognize human trafficking and procedures for reporting trafficking; to advocate strategies, including financial assistance, that will aid rescued and surviving victims; and, to support other individuals and programs that have similar goals.
As part of its public awareness efforts, the commission will continue its media campaign. The group also will make scholarships or other financial support available to students or individuals who want to expand their knowledge of human trafficking by attending educational programs.
Published December 16, 2020