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Citrus County BOCC recognizes Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

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(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives of the Tri-County Human Trafficking Response Team)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on January 12 recognizing January as “Human Trafficking Awareness Month” in Citrus County. Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery and is a crime against humanity that violates the most basic human rights and Florida is one of the states with the highest call volume to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

The criminal enterprise of human trafficking is second only to the illegal drug trade. In terms of speed of its growth and being among the most lucrative, traffickers typically use multiple means to control their victims including beatings, rape, isolation, drug or alcohol dependency, document withholding, and psychological and emotional abuse. In the United States each year, as many as 100,000 to 300,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked for commercial sex. Girls and boys in the commercial sex trade are as young as 11 years old. Through the Tri-County Human Trafficking Response Team, our local community unites to combat this modern day slavery and brings together non-profits, government, and private sector businesses in prevention, prosecution, education and awareness efforts to restore freedom and dignity to survivors.

BOCC Recognizes 90th Birthday

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

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The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on January 12 recognizing the 90th birthday of local citizen Harold Seckinger on January 21.

Harold played double bass for the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra and earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Florida. He is a registered professional architect and a certified general contractor and has also served in many positions in the South Florida Rotary clubs.

Harold has had a lifetime love for classical music, and conceived the idea for a youth orchestra in Citrus County. As the founding President of the Citrus Youth Educational Symphonic Orchestra, and with the help of organizations such as Duke Energy, Black Diamond Foundation, Arthur B. Fairman Charitable Trust, Publix Supermarket, Dr. Dan Montgomery and other local charitable organizations and anonymous donations, his idea became a reality. Harold has spent the last five years guiding the orchestra to its current size of nearly four dozen students.

The Board of County Commissioners recognized Harold for his active role in the community and supports we are fortunate to have a man of Harold’s devotion, enthusiasm and drive as a citizen of Citrus County.

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