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Pictured from left to right are Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Bruce Roberts; Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom; Broward County Vice Mayor Ken Keechl; Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti; and Stonewall Library & Archives Executive Director Jack Rutland (at podium).

Stonewall Library & Archives (SLA), the largest independent circulating library of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender materials in the US, officially opened its new facility in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, April 23, with a cadre of city and county elected officials and dignitaries on hand, including Sheriff Al Lamberti. SLA received proclamations from both the City of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County, moving away from its past designation as a “controversial” gay library.

Stonewall Library & Archives is a museum, gallery, and cultural center for locals, tourists, researchers and scholars, and has an impact far beyond South Florida. “I was proud to be part of such a significant event. The library is a symbol of South Florida’s movement towards a more open and understanding society,” said Sheriff Lamberti.

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FORT LAUDERDALE – Volunteers from the Broward Sheriff’s Office Human Resources department picked up 121 pounds of litter Thursday afternoon from a half-mile stretch of Northwest 2nd Avenue. The group will maintain the street, which is virtually in the back yard of the Public Safety Building, for the next two years with scheduled clean-ups at least four times a year. The effort was part of the county’s Adopt-a-Street program. Volunteers picked up bottles, paper and other litter. The county provided clean-up supplies and waste removal.

Photo caption: Volunteers from the Broward Sheriff’s Office pose with Sheriff Al Lamberti under a new sign on Northwest 2nd Street. Volunteers picked up 121 pounds of litter on the street Thursday

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BSO School Resource Deputy Tammy Measel delivers packages of donated copy paper to a third-grade student at Meadowbrook Elementary Tuesday morning. Meadowbrook was one of 16 Broward County schools that received donated copy paper this week from a local paper company. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Community Justice Program arranged the donation, and BSO school resource deputies distributed 20 boxes of copy paper to each school. The benevolent paper company wants to remain anonymous. Each school received about 100,000 sheets of paper.

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In an effort to raise awareness about human trafficking among at-risk youth, BSO’s Central Broward district and the Community Justice Program hosted an educational presentation on the topic Jan. 6 for community youth and their parents.

Human trafficking involves recruiting, transporting or harboring people for the purposes of slavery, forced labor and servitude.

The program, which was held in the Public Safety Building, was created to provide education about human trafficking among at-risk youth. Some of the basic principles discussed included identifying risk factors, impacts, psycho-social needs and assisting the victims involved in sexual exploitation and violence. There were three presenters. Dr. Judith Bachay, Director of Counseling Programs at St. Thomas University, spoke about the warning signs of human trafficking, counseling aspects and available services for the victims. Miguel Figueroa, supervisory Special Agent from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), addressed the statistics of human trafficking in Florida, the process of reporting and legal procedures of ICE.  Detective Nicole Freeley of BSO’s Strategic Investigations Division discussed the dangers of Internet solicitation, cyberspace laws and policy and ways to safeguard information on popular web sites. More than 75 youths and their parents attended, along with other non-governmental organizations and human services agencies.

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Judith Bachay, LMHC, Director of Counseling Programs , St. Thomas University; Hiram Ruiz, Director of Refugee Services, Department of Children and Families; Community Justice Youth Counselor Elizabeth Mayo; Velma Xavier, Community Justice program volunteer; Community Justice Youth Counselor Anse Daniel; Kerline Gelin, Community Justice program volunteer;  Terrence Barber, Recreation Manager , City of Lauderdale Lakes; Community Justice Supervisor Jacqueline Lashbrook; Supervisory Special Agent Miguel Figueroa, Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Strategic Investigations Division Detective Nicole Freeley; Community Involvement Specialist Adriane Reesey;  and Victim Specialist Martha Mino, Immigrant Right Advocacy Center, Inc.

Thanksgiving Basket Drive

January 27, 2009

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Lidia Wallace, supervisor of the Drug Court Division under the Department of Community Control, spearheaded a Thanksgiving basket drive. The baskets were collected by The Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center for women and their children. Pictured from right to left are Drug Court division participants Elsa Zamora, Jay Rolle, (back) Lidia Wallace, Carmen Jones, (back) Wendy Sotirelis, Phil Madan, (back) Judith Ramirez, Susan Singer-Del Valle, (back) Debora Calabria, Gail Knox, Edie Hambright and Judy Levy.

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The Philpart family children from Pompano Beach get presents from Santa at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center Tuesday night, December 23rd. BSO, Wal-Mart, The Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Clubs all partner to make the holidays a little brighter for about 80 less fortunate families from the city. Almost 200 kids were treated to movies, snacks and photos with Saint Nick.

Helping Santa spread the holiday cheer are (standing, left to right): City Manager Keith Chadwell, Mrs. Philpart, Santa’s Elf Cortlandt Moore, 12, Dist. 92 State Rep. Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, Kiwanis Club Pres. Gwen Leys and Sheriff Al Lamberti. Also making the event a success were BSO’s Pompano Beach District staff and the C.O.P.S. volunteers.

Photo by Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff’s Office

Shop with the Sheriff

December 18, 2008

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On Wednesday, December 17, Sheriff Al Lamberti had the honor of shopping with 50 select students from all across Broward County. Each child was given $100 to purchase items for themselves, their family members and friends at the Wal-Mart in Lauderdale Lakes. The Broward Sheriff’s Office appreciates the generosity of Wal-Mart and the School Resource Deputies that made this shopping spree a great success.