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President Office — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2019

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President Galvano Appoints Senator Book to the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking Direct-Support Organization Board of Directors

Senator Book and former Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff to represent the Senate

Tallahassee —

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) today announced the appointments of Senator Lauren Book (D-Planation) and former Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff to represent the Senate on the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking Direct-Support Organization Board of Directors. Two additional appointments by President Galvano will be made at a later date.

“Human trafficking is a plague on our society, with wide-ranging impacts to communities and families across our state. Senator Book has been a champion of legislation designed to fight human trafficking in a variety of innovative ways that will ensure we both help those impacted and bring perpetrators to justice. I am honored Senator Book will represent the Senate on this important Board,” said President Galvano. “Likewise, former Senator Bogdanoff is passionate about eliminating this form of modern-day slavery in our state. She will be a strong and dedicated voice as the Board of Directors begins its important work.” 

“The enslavement and exploitation of men, women, and children is simply not acceptable and must be fought with the full force of the law — but to truly eradicate this real-life evil, we must look at the totality of forces at play. Education for prevention, recognition, and reporting are key, as are support services for brave survivors,” said Senator Book. “I am honored to be appointed by President Galvano to the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking Direct-Support Organization Board of Directors. This work has been some of the most meaningful of my life, and I look forward to continuing to empower and support survivors of human trafficking as we continue to combat this scourge on society and bring perpetrators to justice.”

House Bill 851, sponsored in the Senate by Senator Book, 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.

A direct-support organization is a non-profit organization authorized by statute to carry out specific tasks in support of a public entity or public cause.