Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ma’am Anna Rodriguez, champion against human trafficking

anna headshot Anna Rodriguez, champion against human trafficking
Anna Rodriguez said she’s passionate about her work and even when exhausted she feels she can’t walk away. Her experiences are shared in a memoir: Ma’am Anna: The Remarkable Story of a Human Trafficking Rescuer. (Submitted photo)
Founder of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking (FCAHT) Anna Rodriguez, just returned home from Panama, a country that has become a source, transit and destination for women and children trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation.
A member of the training delegation of the Organization of American states (OAS), Rodriguez is packing bags again to go do another training, this time in Guatemala, Antigua, Uruguay, Bahamas.
Sponsored by the respective country, the training include the history of human trafficking; how to care for and protect victims; international law and exercises focused on human rights.
In exclusive interview for VOXXI, Rodriguez said the FCAHT, with headquarters in Clearwater, FL, has grown faster than she ever expected since she opened the first office in Naples, FL in 2004. Entirely volunteer-driven, the coalition has evolved into an international and domestic anti-trafficking agency.
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