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Human Trafficking

January 23, 2019


The Florida Department of Health promotes Look Beneath the Surface National Campaign for January 2019 Human Trafficking Awareness Month 


Communications Office



Miami, FL – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County will be promoting the Look Beneath the Surface campaign from the Office on Trafficking in Person with support from the Department of Health and Human Services. January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking awareness month, and the Department will be supporting this awareness campaign through specific activities. This year we will host a film screening showing the film Selling the Girl Next Door (2011). After the showing there will be a question and answer panel discussion with experts in this field. Additionally, throughout Miami-Dade County, all Health Department clinics and offices, will have posters and awareness materials available to raise awareness in our community and increase victim identification.       

Event:             Film Screening: Look Beneath the Surface: Selling the Girl Next Door

Location:        United Way Center for Excellence - 3250 SW 3rd Ave. Miami, FL 33129

Date:              February 14, 2019

Time:              8:00am-12:00pm

Human trafficking is a public health concern that impacts individuals, families, and entire communities across generations. It requires training and a response from communities, social service providers, health care providers, and other first responders. Of the 20.9 million victims of human trafficking on a global level, 68% are victims of forced labor, 22% are sexually exploited, and 10% are victims of state-imposed forced labor.

Look Beneath the Surface is a public health approach to raising awareness of how to identify a victim of human trafficking campaign. It is built on the success of the Department of Health and Human Services Rescue and Restore victims of Human Trafficking campaign, launched in April 2004 to support the implementation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000.

Public awareness campaigns have been effective at increasing victim identification and more strategic efforts can lead to other effective outcomes.

Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received over 168,554 calls and identified over 26,243 potential cases of human trafficking. The campaign also empowers health care providers, faith-based and community organizations to help identify individuals who may be experiencing trafficking and connect them with services by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.

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The event is open to the community, however space is limited. To register and learn more click here.


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