Commission on Human Trafficking

The purpose of this Commission is to promote public awareness of the existence of human trafficking within Hillsborough County; Establish, through relationship building within the community, educational programming opportunities for the public and key industries to recognize the indicators of human trafficking and learn to report suspected human trafficking; and Advocate strategies, financially and otherwise, to aid rescued victims of human trafficking; and Support local and statewide efforts to identify opportunities for positive impact and improved outcomes for victims and service providers through data collection, sharing, and analysis.

Heroes Against Human Trafficking Program


Members appointed by the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners.

Maximum membership

The membership of this Commission shall be comprised of 20 members representing the following:

  1. A member of the Board of County Commissioners
  2. Two representatives of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), with one being an officer with the Child Protective Unit, both designated by the HCSO
  3. A representative of the Tampa Police Department (TPD), as designated by the TPD
  4. A representative of the Temple Terrace Police Department, as designated by the Department
  5. A representative of the Plant City Police Department, as designated by the Department
  6. A representative of the Hillsborough County School District (HCSD), as designated by the HCSD
  7. A representative of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA), as designated by the (HCAA)
  8. A representative of the Port Tampa Bay, as designated by Port Tampa Bay
  9. A representative of the Office of the State Attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit (SA), as designated by the SA

There shall be seven individuals, each representing at least one of the following segments of our community:

  1. A representative of the Hillsborough County Public Defender for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit (PD), as designated by the PD
  2. A representative of the Administrative Office of the Courts for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, as designated by the Chief Judge or his designee
  3. A representative of the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women, as designated by the Commission on the Status of Women
  4. Community/Victim Services, as designated by Redefining Refuge
  5. Tourism Industry, as designated by Visit Tampa Bay
  6. Hotel Industry, as designated by the Hillsborough County Hotel & Motel Association
  7. Hospital/Medical Profession, as designated by the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
  8. Religious Institutions
  9. Human Trafficking Community Advocate
  10. Lived Experience Expert, as designated by Created, Healing Root and Victims 2 Survivors

The Commission may appoint non-voting participants and/or liaisons who may participate in meetings but may not vote.

Length of Term

Terms are initially staggered as follows, and all subsequent terms are for two years:

  • Categories A – L, two year terms
  • Categories M – S, initially one year term


Resolution R19-141, adopted December 4, 2019 by the BOCC.

Meeting Information

  1. Times

    Last Wednesday of the month, bi-monthly at 1 PM, unless otherwise noted in the current schedule below

  2. Regular Meetings - Current Schedule and Meeting Materials

    Due to COVID-19, the method of future meetings will be determined closer to the actual meeting date. See the appropriate method section below to find information on attending in-person or accessing virtual meetings.

    Date Method
    Agenda Link
    Feb. 26, 2020 In-person
    1 PM
    February Meeting Materials
    April 29, 2020 CANCELED n/a
    May 26, 2020 Virtual
    1 PM
    May Meeting Materials
    June 19, 2020
    10 AM
    June Workshop Materials
    June 24, 2020 Virtual
    1 PM
    June Meeting Materials
    Oct. 28, 2020 Virtual
    1 PM
    To be posted
    Dec. 10. 2020 TBD
    1 PM
    To be posted
  3. Working groups and public events
    Date Meeting Type
    Aug. 12, 2020
    Legislative and Judicial Affairs Working Group 3 PM
    Aug. 13, 2020 Education and Awareness Working Group 12 PM
    Aug. 14, 2020 Communications and Media Working Group 1 PM
    Aug. 17, 2020 Services and Resources Working Group 2:30 PM
    Aug. 31, 2020
    Anti-Human Trafficking Mapping Project Product Demo
    12 PM
    Sept. 23, 2020  Education and Awareness Working Group  3:30 PM
    Oct. 14, 2020
    Media Campaign Demo (FKQ)  3:30 PM

    For how to get live access to any of the working groups or public events email Heather Curry.

  4. In-person Location

    County Center
    26th floor, conference rooms A & B
    601 E. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa

  5. Virtual Meetings

    Accessing regular meetings

    The public and the media can access regular meetings (not working groups or public events) in the following ways:

    Live Recorded

    The meeting will be captioned on the screen as well.

  6. Public Comment

    You can sign up to speak during the public portion of the regular virtual Commission on Human Trafficking (COHT) meeting.

    How to Sign up to speak at a COHT meeting

Contact Person

Heather Curry, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Special Projects
Homeless Projects
(813) 274-6844

  Member Position/Appointed By Dates of Service
A The Honorable Kimberly Overman Board of County Commissioners 02/19/2020 -
B Captain Geoffrey Harris HCSO 02/19/2020 -
B Ms. Iris Corey-Dunaway HCSO - Child Protective Unit 02/19/2020 -
C Deputy Chief Lee Bercaw Tampa Police Department 02/19/2020 -
D Captain Robert Staley Temple Terrace Police Department 06/17/2020 -
E Corporal Gerald Baker Plant City Police Department 06/17/2020 -
F The Honorable Karen Perez HC School District 02/19/2020 -
G Detective Sergeant Kevin Durkin Aviation Authority 02/19/2020 -
H Mr. Charles Klug Port Tampa Bay 02/19/2020 -
I The Honorable Andrew Warren State Attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit 02/19/2020 -
J The Honorable Julianne Holt Public Defender for Thirteenth Judicial Circuit 06/17/2020 -
K Chief Judge Ronald Ficarrotta Administrative Office of the Courts for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit 06/17/2020 -
L Elizabeth Gutierrez Commission on the Status of Women Representative 06/17/2020 -
M Ms. Jennifer Glaister Community Victims Services - designated by Redefining Refuge 02/19/2020 -
N Mr. Santiago Corrada Tourism Industry - designated by Visit Tampa Bay 02/19/2020 -
O Ms. Tina Smith Hotel Industry - designated by the HC Hotel & Motel Association 02/19/2020 -
P Ms. Kathleen Kempke Hospital/Medical Profession - designated by the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay 02/19/2020 -
Q Ms. Brenna Taylor Religious Institution 02/19/2020 -
R Ms. Dotti Groover-Skipper Community Advocate for Human Trafficking 02/19/2020 -
S Constance Rose Lived Experience Expert 06/17/2020 -