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ED GRIFFITH Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

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TERRY CHAVEZ Hispanic Media Relations Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

Below you'll find recent news releases issued by this office.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

International Human Trafficking Awareness Community Forum

In observance of International Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle hosted her Second Annual Community Forum on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, entitled “Human Trafficking: Building the Infrastructure to Combat Modern Day Slavery”.

According to the United Nations, at any given time throughout the world there are millions of people unwillingly involved in forced labor and the illicit sex trade. Although Human Trafficking is often portrayed as a broad national or international problem, the reality is that many of the victims of Human Trafficking reside within our communities. It is estimated that the Human Trafficking industry earns some $32 billion dollars annually worldwide.
“Knowledge and understanding are the sharpest, most dependable tools in the fight against human trafficking,” commented Miami-Dade-State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “The more we know and understand, the better we can effectively combat these awful crimes. This forum brings community leaders, service providers and local, state and national law enforcement agencies together to propose solutions in our continuing mission to curb a crime that affects so many young and promising lives.”

The forum, held at the main Office of the State Attorney in Miami, was the brainchild of State Attorney Fernandez Rundle and is aimed at tackling instances of Human Trafficking in Miami-Dade County and South Florida. Through better awareness and legislation, it is the State Attorney’s hope that the victims of Human Trafficking can be more readily identified and the perpetrators prosecuted.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pair Taken into Custody in Housing for Homeless Scam

A joint investigation by the Miami Dade Police Department Public Corruption Investigations Bureau, the Public Corruption Unit of the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office with the assistance of United States Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of Inspector General has led to the arrest of two individuals in a “cash for housing” scheme which let individuals willing to pay reside in housing created to help the homeless. 
Carlos Enrique Vazquez, a current City of Miami Homeless Assistance Program Outreach employee, and Odalys Lovett Delisle, an associate of Mr. Vasquez received a $5,000 fee to falsely qualify an individual to allow her to live in transitional housing intended to help Miami-Dade’s homeless population.  According to investigators, Mr. Vazquez told the individual that once he got her into the housing program, she could remain in the program for life rather than just the 3 months for which the program was designed.  Ms. Delisle met directly with the individual and received the payment on Mr. Vazquez’ behalf.
Carlos Enrique Vazquez  and Odalys Lovett Delisle are both charged with:  Official Misconduct ; Unlawful Compensation; and Bribery.
“The real victims of this fraud are needy homeless individuals who lose out on housing while some greedy individuals put money in their own pockets,” commentated State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “I know that I speak for our entire law enforcement community when I say that this will stop”