Innovation Spotlight: Open Doors Update

Open Doors Coordinated Services Scheduled to Begin

Voices for Florida is pleased to announce that coordinated services in the Open Doors Statewide Network will begin as early as May 2017 for commercial sexually exploited (CSE) and trafficked children and young adults in five targeted regions across Florida. This critically needed program has been under development for 3 years and its implementation is the result of collaboration among many partners and stakeholders! Thank you to all who have supported and contributed to this effort. Through Open Doors, teams consisting of survivor-mentors, regional advocates and…
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Research Spotlight

Human Trafficking of Minors and Childhood Adversity in Florida

A report was recently published detailing the relationship between human trafficking of minors and childhood adversity in Florida. Findings show that sexual abuse is the strongest predictor of human trafficking for both boys and girls, and that sexual abuse in childhood may actually function as a “gateway” to other forms of victimization. This research is some of the only in this field that provides adequate data on boys that have been sexually exploited.
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Engagement: A New Standard for Mental Health Care

70% of people who drop out of mental illness services do so after their first or second visit. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) accredits this to a lack of engagement with the individual seeking the services. This report expands on the impact that person-centered care and therapeutic alliance can have when treating brain diseases,calling for a cultural shift in traditional mental illness treatment. Read More

The Typology of Modern Slavery: Defining Sex and Labor Trafficking in the United States

This report by Polaris identified 25 types of human trafficking in the United States through an analysis of more than 32,000 cases documented between December 2007 and December 2016. Each type of trafficking has its own business model, trafficker profiles, recruitment strategies, victim profiles and methods of control to facilitate human trafficking. By utilizing this data, efforts to combat trafficking can stop using generalizations and advocates can create specific resources and responses. Read More

What if Sociologists Had as Much Influence as Economists?

Neil Irwin, a senior economics correspondent for the New York Times, draws attention to the idea that studying and solving economic issues is only one piece of fixing broad and complex societal issues. Sociologists can help explain non-economic forces involved in societal issues like unemployment, homelessness, and poverty and Irwin suggests the field as an untapped resource that could bridge gaps in creating effective solutions. The potential for sociologists to aid economists in informing decisions about public policy is great, if not essential.  Read More

The Cost of Raising a Child Keeps Rising

The USDA has done this reckoning since 1960, looking at annual expenditures on food, clothing, housing, transportation, health care, education, child care and the miscellaneous costs that keep a parent’s wallet partway open. That’s true, too, of education and child care costs. Read More

3 TVs and No Food: Growing Up Poor in America

New York Time’s journalist Nicholas Kristoff does a great job illustrating our nation’s unsettling inequalities when it comes to income, wealth, education, and ultimately, opportunity. Robert Putnam, who the New York Time’s refers to as a “laureate poet of civil society”, wrote his critically acclaimed book “Our Kids,” about these same inequalities (the book itself poised as an instant-classic and was well regarded by liberals and conservatives alike) . What is most striking, and highlighted by both Kristoff and Putnam, is that as a nation we’re not facing just an income or opportunity gap, but a widening gap. Kristoff laments “what many Americans don’t understand about poverty is that it’s perhaps less about a lack of money than not seeing any path out.” Today, in the United States, the rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. Today, in the United States, the cycle of poverty is being perpetuated and worsening and there’s little to nothing being done to stop it. Read More


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Sharing is the universal language of human interaction, which brain scientists call the essential ingredient for strengthening social ties and enhancing quality of life. At Voices for Florida, our members gain a sense of unity and common purpose by connecting and sharing high-impact knowledge.


Collaboration is not a spectator sport. Activities that bring people together to engage in collective problem-solving or raise awareness create powerful connections that can last a lifetime and literally change the world. Voices for Florida offers members diverse ways to get engaged and contribute to help build a better future for us all.


Rooted in the Old English word for “bold,” the act of building is inspired and driven by the courage and confidence that the effort will have impact. Simply put, when Voices for Florida members know, share and engage, they collectively drive better outcomes to build strong communities and successful families, creating a better future for our children.

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