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NSU Hosts Conference on Cyber Safety and Human Trafficking


Scott Israel, Broward County Sheriff; Addy Villanueva, Special Agent in Charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Frank DePiano, Ph.D., NSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Emilio Benitez, Chief Executive Officer, ChildNet; David Wilkins, Secretary, Department of Children and Families.


University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Frank DePiano, Ph.D., welcomed more than 300 federal and local law enforcement personnel and child welfare providers from the Broward, Miami, and Palm Beach counties to NSU’s main campus on Thursday, April 25. The providers were on campus to attend a cyber-safety and human-trafficking conference hosted by NSU’s Division of Applied Interdisciplinary Studies, and organized and presented by ChildNet and the Florida Department of Law Enforcemen (FDLE)t. Also in attendance were students from NSU’s Division of Applied Interdisciplinary Studies.

Opening comments were also provided by:

  • Emilio Benitez, Chief Executive Officer – ChildNet
  • David Wilkins, Secretary – Department of Children and Families
  • Addy Villanueva, Special Agent in Charge – FDLE
  • Scott Israel, Sheriff – Broward County

The conference focused on topics which included cyber-safety, online child exploitation, sex trafficking of children in the United States, international human trafficking, and prosecuting sex traffickers. The sessions were free for foster parents, foster-care providers, case workers and guardian-ad-litem volunteers.

This conference represents the first of several that will serve as a blue print for change in Florida.