Fort Myers Florida Weekly

Christy’s Cause adds two advisory board members



Christy’s Cause, a local nonprofit working to eradicate child sex trafficking, announces new advisory board members.

Lt. Daniel Cote and Francine Donnorummo join current advisory board members Jeff Cecil, Sam Galloway III and Wayne Smith.

“Our advisory council consists of thoughtful community leaders who meet once a year to advise our board of directors regarding the impact of our programs and fundraising,” said Christy Ivie, founder of Christy’s Cause. “Lt. Cote and Francine Donnorummo are well-known and respected in the fight against human trafficking. We admire their work in our community and are grateful for their guidance.”



Lt. Cote has been with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years and is part of the currently the Major Crimes Unit. He is responsible for the management for five specialty units within the Major Crimes Unit to include the Special Victims Unit, Robbery Unit, Auto Theft Unit, Sexual Offender and Predator Unit, and the FBI Innocent Images Task Force. He is a member of the Florida Sex Crimes Investigators Association, a board member of the Florida Gulf Coast University Human Trafficking Resource Center and a member of the Human Trafficking Task Force for the 20th Judicial Circuit

Ms. Donnorummo is an attorney who began working in Florida in 1997 with the Domestic Violence Unit within the judicial circuit’s Court Administration office. She began working with the Office of the State Attorney, 20th Judicial Circuit in 1998. During her tenure at the state’s attorney, she tried more than 100 jury trials including several domestic violence murders, sexual batteries, child abuse and child homicides. She is the chief of the Special Victims Unit for the 20th Judicial Circuit. Ms. Donnorummo is co-chair of the Human Trafficking Task Force, a multi-disciplinary effort to best meet the needs of the victims and the public subject to human trafficking trauma. She is authorized to work as part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for crimes involving the exploitation of children.



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