Bonita human rights activist nominated for Florida Women’s Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Anna Rodriguez, founder of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking for this nomination. Mrs. Rodriguez been working on the issue of human trafficking since January 1999. Mrs. Rodriguez has been an inspiration to many modern-day abolitionists throughout the United States.

BONITA SPRINGS — A local legend in the fight against human trafficking has been nominated to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.

Anna Rodriguez, founder and executive director of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, is one of 10 finalists statewide nominated for the honor.

The finalists were selected by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, and Governor Charlie Crist will select up to three women for induction into the Hall of Fame, which recognizes and honors women who, through their works and lives, have made significant contributions to the improvement of life for women and for all citizens of the state of Florida.

This year’s inductees will be honored at a ceremony at 5 p.m. March 22 in the Capitol Courtyard in Tallahassee.

Rodriguez, of Bonita Springs, is considered by many to be an indomitable force in the global fight again human trafficking.

Her nonprofit’s mission is to eradicate human trafficking locally, nationally, and internationally.

Rodriguez also serves as an international liaison for the U.S. State Department and the Organization of the Americas in coordinating human trafficking efforts with India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Haiti, and many other countries.

In 2004, Rodriguez was publicly recognized by President George W. Bush for her dedication to rescue human trafficking victims. U.S. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart presented Rodriguez with an American flag flown from the U.S. Capitol in recognition of her efforts.

“Rodriguez’s passion continues to inspire others to become bridge builders uniting to rescue victims of human trafficking, the ‘invisible victims,”” officials wrote.

A native of Puerto Rico, Rodriguez immigrated to Miami in 1975.

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