Attorneys Explain the Challenges of Combating Child Sex Abuse in Florida
Child sex abuse remains a crisis in South Florida and around the country. Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking of hundreds of young girls in Palm Beach County, New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands has raised national interest in the issue. But the majority of these cases are happening on an individual level and often with someone who the victim knows. On this Thursday, Jan. 16 episode of Sundial, the program focused on the issues of child sex abuse, understanding how predators operate and the statute of limitations for victims to file charges. Sexual predators have found an easy access point scrolling through social media and targeting children on gaming platforms and online chat rooms. The interactions can lead to crimes of sextortion. According to the Pew Research Center , about 97 percent of teenage boys and 83 percent of girls in America play video games. Last fall, the F.B.I. launched an awareness campaign for middle and high schools to encourage children to seek help if they’ve
DeSantis Fulfilling "One of His Campaign Promises" With Push For E-Verify
Several southern states including Georgia and Mississippi have enacted similar laws requiring employers to check the immigration status of new hires. The state laws have become part of the national debate over immigration. Previous efforts to get an E-Verify bill through the Florida Legislature failed, and leading Republican lawmakers were not fully behind the governor's position as the 2020 session began earlier this week. Days before the beginning of the legislative session, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez said DeSantis is "trying to fulfill one of his campaign promises." Currently, state agencies under the director the Office of the Governor are subject to E-Verify. At least two bills to expand the regulation have been introduced in the Legislature. One would require all government agencies and contractors to use the federal system. Another version would apply to all employers in the state. The following transcript was lightly edited for clarity. NUÑEZ: There are concerns about the
Florida Agrees to Buy Broward Wetlands To End Everglades Oil Drilling Efforts
To end its losing battle to block oil exploration in Everglades wetlands, Florida plans to purchase 20,000 acres in Broward County.
Bernard Diederich, Legendary Caribbean Correspondent And Author: 1926-2020
One of the greatest journalists to cover the Caribbean has died. Bernard Diederich passed away Tuesday at age 93 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Diederich’s pioneering, award-winning coverage helped make the world more aware of the Caribbean basin’s importance.
A Damaging Holiday Season Accelerates Erosion At The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Area
The shoreline surrounding the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is falling away at an accelerated rate. Over the holiday season, vandalism and unauthorized use of the dunes along the shoreline put the lighthouse area on track for erosion to go up even more than its already stepped-up pace of seven feet per year over the last ten years, up from its historical average of two feet per year. “I think the holiday period just gone is one of the worst and most impactful I’ve seen over my tenure,” said Peter DeWitt, who manages the site for the federal Bureau of Land Management. “Safety fencing was torn up from the ground, we had vegetation dragged down the dune, and evidence of other unsavory behavior.” The areas managed by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society – the lighthouse itself, as well as a museum and other educational facilities – saw hundreds of visitors over the holiday season, but no problems, said historical society president Jamie Stuve. The issues arose mostly from people