General Meeting May 20, 2019

Hillsborough County Commissioner, Kimberly Overman, to Speak at CAHT’s May Meeting

Hillsborough County Commissioner, Kimberly Overman, will be CAHT’s guest speaker at their general meeting, Monday, May 20th.  Commissioner Overman represents District 7, and she currently serves on the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Circuit 13 Juvenile Justice Board, the Metropolitan planning Organization, and as Chair of the Affordable Housing Advisory Board as well as liaison to multiple other organizations in the Tampa area. 

Commissioner Overman will discuss her interest and plans related to human trafficking issues.  She is identifying opportunities to target demand by increasing enforcement consequences in Hillsborough County’s ordinances and establishing a Human Trafficking Task Force to bring together cross-sector leaders to focus on awareness, prevention, and victim support series.  “This is our opportunity to provide Commissioner Overman with our south shore area human trafficking and domestic violence concerns.  We are often the forgotten “child” in the larger Tampa Bay Human Trafficking scene, and it is wonderful that the Commissioner who represents our area reached out to us asking for our input,” stated CAHT President Annie Garrison. 

Another guest speaker at this meeting is Chaplin Evelyn Lopez, Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office Women’s Detention Department. Ms. Lopez is a licensed minister and serves the female, juvenile and Hispanic populations at both Orient Road and Falkenburg Jails. She is also an advocate for children as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer.  Chaplin Lopez will share information on the continued problems women prisoners must deal with that are connected to human trafficking in our community. 

Due to anticipated larger attendance, CAHT will meet at the Life Enrichment Center at the United Methodist Church in Sun City Center.  Address is 1210 W. Del Webb Blvd. SCC 33573.  Meeting starts with a social time at 12:30 pm, with the general meeting commencing at 1 pm.  The meeting is open to the public and is free.  For more information, contact Annie Garrison at 813-938-5660. 

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