2013 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Laura Hamilton

Director Comey and Laura Hamilton

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The Tampa Division honors Laura Hamilton for providing a long-term therapeutic safe home to rehabilitate youth who have been rescued from sex trafficking in Florida. Florida is ranked third in the nation for human trafficking.

With grant-funded mentorship through Wellspring Living in Georgia, Ms. Hamilton serves as president of Bridging Freedom, a holistic, individualized, and interdisciplinary campus for children who have been traumatized by commercial sexual exploitation. The program model provides a safe and secure home environment, clinical trauma therapy, health management, education, life skills, career development, transitional mentorship/relationships, love, and a restored childhood.

Ms. Hamilton has more than 30 years of experience working with the corporate and faith-based communities within Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Polk Counties. Her specialties are business development, program planning, intellectual property, grant proposals and management, teaching, and youth discipleship. Ms. Hamilton collaborates with the law enforcement members of the Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area Task Force on Human Trafficking, which includes local police, sheriffs’ departments, federal law enforcement partners, and many professionals from communities and universities statewide.


FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
Director’s Community Leadership Awards

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 4, 2014, Director James B. Comey recognized the recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“This year’s honorees have distinguished themselves in remarkable ways through their hard work, their leadership, and their strength of character,” said Director Comey. “They are ordinary citizens, but what they have accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award are:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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