Miami’s Kristi House opened five years ago to help rescue children that have been sexually exploited, and its mission is to “provide a healing environment for all child victims of sexual abuse and their families, regardless of income, through prevention, treatment and coordination of services with our community partners.”
The organization is spearheaded by Nelson Cruz, and he along with Kristi House’s board of directors held a press conference with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio to bring attention to a newly constructed “secret” home that will serve as a safe house for victims of human trafficking that have been sexually exploited. In attendance to the event were Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban Bovo, his wife Viviana, Mayor Tomas Regalado, as well as Senator Rubio’s wife Jeanette Rubio.
Asides from having to look after four young ‘outgoing’ children on her own, Mrs. Rubio has given her special attention the issue of human trafficking, and she is committed to heightening the public’s awareness of it. After the event, we caught up with Mrs. Rubio and asked her about her ongoing philanthropic efforts as well if we should expect to see a more “visible” Mrs. Rubio in the future.
Two other big name politicos who are also at the forefront of exposing and helping to abolish the human trafficking pandemic in Florida are State Senator Anitere Flores and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Flores was slated to be in attendance, but was not able to attend due to a scheduling conflict. Bondi, together with Senator Flores and Representative Snyder, were instrumental in helping push legislation that tightens the noose on sex slavery in the state of Florida, making it a “zero tolerance state for human trafficking.” (Read more here)
Anything to do with children and the community, and having to do with helping these girls, I will put my name out there to do whatever I can do to help. – Jeanette Rubio
Human trafficking robs people of their dignity and deprives them of their most basic human rights. – Attorney General Pam Bondi
To donate or learn more about Kristi House, please visit their website here.