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Florida’s Human Trafficking Summit Topics May Include Lack Of Services For Transgender Youth

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One of the many focuses of this year’s upcoming Human Trafficking Summit may be on Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT community.

During her time in Orlando after the massacre at a gay nightclub, Attorney General Pam Bondi says she’s been speaking with members of the Zebra Coalition about their concerns. The organization mainly provides help to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Speaking to members of her Statewide Council on Human Trafficking Monday, Bondi says Florida is particularly lacking in services for transgender youth.

“Not only gay and lesbian teens, but transgender teens who are homeless, having a hard time getting foster care—not because of DJJ [Florida Department of Juvenile Justice] or DCF [Florida Department of Children and Families]—but because they’re being trafficked,” said Bondi. “So, I think we’re going to have a presenter from them at the Human Trafficking Summit coming up.”

More speakers are still needed for the 2016 Human Trafficking Summit, which is scheduled for October 10th in Orlando.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.