Innovation Spotlight

Transforming Mental Health through an Integrated Health-Centered Approach to Child Welfare

As a representative microcosm of society, the child welfare system offers a real world opportunity to serve as a practical laboratory to pilot transformative integrated, health-centered and evidence-tested approaches to mental health that can be scaled to impact broader system change.
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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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Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States

Voices for Florida has developed the Statewide Promising Best Practice Guidelines – Supporting a Continuum of Services for Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Sex Trafficking. The goal of this guide is to connect users to information about practical ways to inform services for CSE victims and survivors. The guide was referenced by the Florida Statewide Council on Human Trafficking in their 2017 Annual Report released in October 2017. Read More

From Victim to Healer: How Surviving Sex Trafficking Informs Therapeutic Practice

This account by Emily Waters, a sex trafficking survivor turned clinician, demonstrates how she has applied her experiences to become a successful healer for victims. Waters cites her advanced understanding of trauma, interpersonal relationships and personal empowerment after trafficking as assets she is able to use to help those who have been exploited. Through Waters’ background and dedication to helping others, it is evident why the role of the clinician is crucial to healing sex trafficking victims Read More

National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach

In support of the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFER) Act, which ensures the most effective practices for collecting DNA evidence in sexual assault investigations, the National Institute of Justice released National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach. The report recommends specific practices focusing on victim-centered approaches for responding to sexual assault cases and supporting victims throughout the criminal justice process. Prioritizing collaborative, victim-centered and multidisciplinary approaches, this guide serves as a base on which agencies can develop protocols for untested sexual assault kits. Read More

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


At Voices for Florida, we believe that every person really can make a difference, and that every difference made really does matter. It all starts with what you know. Voices for Florida empowers our members with knowledge – well-researched, evidence-based best practices and data on quality-of-life issues that are critical to us and our children’s future.


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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