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.