Assistant United States Attorney, Middle District of Florida

Stacie Harris, a member of the Florida Bar, is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. AUSA Harris is the Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Division and the Human Trafficking Coordinator for the Middle District of Florida. Prior to her appointment by Attorney General Eric Holder in 2008, AUSA Harris was a litigation associate at the Tampa law firm of Hill, Ward, and Henderson. Since joining the Department of Justice, AUSA Harris has prosecuted a wide range of crimes, focusing on violent crimes, child exploitation, violent crimes against children and sex trafficking cases.

Since 2009, AUSA Harris has prosecuted most of the child sex trafficking cases in the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. In 2010, AUSA Harris, along with a colleague, tried Manuel A. Walcott in the first sex trafficking case in the Middle District of Florida. Walcott was convicted by a jury of prostituting a 14 year old during Super Bowl activities in Tampa, FL, and was subsequently sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. Other notable human trafficking cases prosecuted by AUSA Harris include: United States v. Eric Bell (defendant sentenced to 30 years after pleading guilty to sex trafficking of four homeless minor females); United States v. Miguel Morancy (defendant sentenced to more than 20 years after pleading guilty to sex trafficking a 13-year old female); United States v. Michael Gallon (defendant sentenced to more than 33 years after pleading guilty to sex trafficking multiple female minors) and United States v. Weylin Rodriguez (defendant sentenced to four life sentences plus five years after being convicted of multiple sex trafficking and firearm related charges). To date, AUSA Harris has prosecuted more than twenty defendants in federal court for sex trafficking-related charges.

AUSA Harris directs the Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force and is active in the Central Florida Crimes Against Children Task Force, both of which investigate and prosecute domestic minor and international human trafficking crimes in the state of Florida. AUSA Harris frequently trains local, state and federal law enforcement on identifying and investigating human trafficking cases. She also speaks at public events to raise awareness about human trafficking, addressing civic and professional organizations including the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Tampa Bay Business and Professional Women, the Athena Society, the Tampa Bay Junior League, and the Tampa Exchange Club. AUSA Harris has presented at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry national conference, the International Association of Human Trafficking Investigators conference, the Women in Federal Law Enforcement national conference, the National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community, the State of Florida Human Trafficking Summit, taught Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Investigations to a group of lawyers, judges and professors from Brazil in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, advised and instructed attorneys at the Florida Attorney General’s Children’s Legal Services on how to identify child sex trafficking victims.

In October 2013, AUSA Harris was named Human Trafficking Prosecutor of the Year by Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi. She was also selected to receive a 2014 Florida Multicultural Leadership Award from the Florida Diversity Council. AUSA Harris has been recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for her accomplishments regarding human trafficking, including receiving the FBI prestigious Director’s Award for the Rodriguez case.