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All About Human Trafficking


Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking (FCAHT), an International and Domestic Anti-Trafficking Agency, is a 501(c)(3) organization that has been helping victims of human trafficking since it’s creation in 2004. FCAHT’s founder, Anna Rodriguez, had her first experience with a Human Trafficking case in 1999; U.S. vs. Tecum.  Anna served as a victim advocate with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and an outreach coordinator for the Immokalee Shelter for Abused Women in Collier County, Florida for 10 years. Her first human trafficking case developed from a “home visitation”, following up on a domestic violence incident. She noticed the presence of a young female who turned out to be a victim of human trafficking. Anna identified “red flags” that made her suspicious and eventually she helped get the victim out. Today the Tecum case has become a major case study by agencies including USDOJ, FSU, Croft Institute for International and New York Times. Anna was also able to identify and work with the FBI and USDOJ on a domestic servitude and sex trafficking case known as the “ Blackjack “ case, in which she also assisted ICE.

FCAHT works closely with community service providers to provide victims with emergency food and shelter, medical and psychological treatment and other services as needed to help these individuals restore their lives and their freedoms.

FCAHT provides training to law enforcement agencies, medical facilities, faith based, civil and community organizations to bring  awareness and recognition to the signs and symptoms of Human Trafficking. To schedule a training presentation for your group, call (727) 442-3064.

FCAHT also works very closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco County Sheriff’s offices and local law enforcement agencies in investigations and prosecutions of traffickers as well as providing advocacy for the victims of human trafficking.

To learn more about Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, visit our website at www.stophumantrafficking.org.

All Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking financial reports are available for public viewing at Guidestar.com.

21 thoughts on “About FCAHT

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  2. Very nice write-up. I definitely appreciate this website.
    Keep it up!


  3. Where did you get the suggestions to publish ““FCAHT’s Blog”? I appreciate it ,Dewey


  4. Skip Orth on said:

    My wife and I live near Pensacola and are interested in getting involved in this issue. Can you steer us toward any contacts close by?


  5. Ahmad on said:

    Hello how are you doing my name is Ahmad and I just saw that the actress/singer/producer/and director Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith on E discussing about getting involve about being against sex tracking and if so will you guys be coming down towards the ft. Lauderdale area or opening up an location here?


  6. Vivian Santiago on said:

    I was wondering if there was any way to work with the victims providing education, or volunteer in a shelter. Until now it is my understanding that the coalition focuses more with raising awareness.


    • Hi Vivian,

      Due to some bad expirences we have had with prior volunteers who did have access to our clients, we no longer allow volunteers to assist with victim care until they have been volunteering for several months. It is not easy to get access to our clients. This is all done for their safety. Thanks


  7. Ouida Wyatt on said:

    What is your position on the Treasure Coast?


  8. Andrea on said:

    Can you send me any information on how I can personally help and get involved with your organization?


  9. Tondra Myers on said:

    I just learned of this organization, I live in Bay County, and would like to help in anyway possible. I do not know if there is anything near my home.


  10. Elizabeth Borgen on said:

    I live in New York. How can I get involved?


    • There are several anti trafficking organizations that are based out of New York. The best think to do would be to call the Human Trafficking Rescource Hotline, which is 888-3737-888. Not only can you report potential human trafficking cases using this phone number but you can ask for information pertaining to any local orgnaization.


  11. Michelle R on said:

    I was part of the audience at the AMLA meeting in Orlando on September 13. I learned a lot of great information. I plan on incorporating some of the warning signs in some front line training at the branches.


  12. Kristy Merritt on said:

    I heard there is an office in Lakeland, my hometown. Is it possible to visit the location and volunteer? Thank you.


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