Greater Pensacola Chamber Partners with BRACE and Hillcrest Baptist Church to Offer Continuous Drop Off Site for Medical Supply Donations
The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce is excited to be partnering with BRACE (Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies) and Hillcrest Baptist Church to offer a continuous site for medical supply donations. Donations can be made from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday at both Hillcrest Baptist Church Campuses (800 E Nine Mile Rd, Pensacola, FL 32514 or 3960…
Greater Pensacola Chamber Encourages Community Prayer and Support for Nursing Home Workers and Residents
The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce is excited to be hosting a final effort to show in person support for our community. Although we had hoped to have more time to plan for this event, given yesterday’s Stay-at-Home Order issued by Governor DeSantis that is scheduled to go into effect on Thursday at midnight, tonight…
The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Department of Military Affairs and Department of External Affairs are excited to be hosting a Virtual Baby Shower/“Shower in a Box” for our military moms in the Escambia and Santa Rosa County area in partnership with the leaders of NAS Pensacola Spouses Network. Due to the current events of…
The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce our strategic partnership with the Circuit 1 Human Trafficking Task Force through the Chamber Foundation. In 2014, House Bill 7141, which promotes the development of identification and assessment tools to assess potential victims of human trafficking, was passed by the Florida Legislature. The bill required…
The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce our strategic partnership with the Circuit 1 Human Trafficking Task Force through the Chamber Foundation.
In 2014, House Bill 7141, which promotes the development of identification and assessment tools to assess potential victims of human trafficking, was passed by the Florida Legislature. The bill required DCF and other lead agencies to participate in local task forces, coalitions, or similar organizations to work in coordination to local responses in human trafficking. These task forces work in conjunction with the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking.
The Circuit 1 Human Trafficking Task Force is focused on continuing to enhance partnerships with community-based organizations, businesses, state and local agencies as well as all levels of law enforcement. "The cohesiveness of these relationships will enable us to be proactive in recognizing human trafficking through prevention, allow a therapeutic response to these unique victims, and help seek justice through the courts by prosecuting the traffickers for their egregious acts. As one task force acting in unison, we can make a positive impact on these victims and our communities." - Task Force Chair, Gretchen Busbee
Currently, at least twenty-five business industries are required by the state of Florida to receive annual human trafficking training, including every school district in the state. Through this partnership, the Chamber will be able to offer this training and education as a member benefit.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has shown its full support of this partnership stating, "Businesses confront a host of logistical, financial, legal, and cultural challenges to ensure that they do not make the problem worse. And the strategies of traffickers are constantly evolving. Actions on their face that may appear legitimate can merely be fronts that disguise trafficking. Companies with global operations and business partners develop detailed and effective programs to address human trafficking. Specifically, companies are concerned about labor trafficking, where individuals perform work through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Businesses, like Walmart and UPS, have proved to be an invaluable resource for combating this problem." They have formed a national campaign to eradicate human trafficking by partnering with A21, a global anti-trafficking organization. https://www.uschamber.com/issues/labor/task-force-eradicate-human-trafficking
The task force meets quarterly and has opportunities for involvement in various initiatives and campaigns through their subcommittees.
For more information on involvement please email SLefevers@pensacolachamber.com or call 850.471.8481 ext. 242.