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Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking

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Rodriguez talks about her first experience with a human trafficking case in 1999 and how it changed her life.

Anna's Biography

Book Smart or Street Smart: Street smart. Street is the one that has taught me everything I know.     
10 Minutes Early or 10 Minutes Late: Usually I'm early, but a lot of times I'm probably five minutes late.    
Patient or Impatient: In between. I'm not that patient, but I'm not that impatient. Sometimes it all depends, in reference to what. If I want something immediately done for my cases, yeah, I'm impatient.
 
Spontaneous or Methodical: Spontaneous.

Anna Rodriguez is the Founder and Director of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, an organization that has been helping victims of human trafficking since 2004.
 
She has also served as a victim advocate with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and an outreach coordinator for the Immokalee Shelter for Abuse Women in Collier County, Florida.
 
In recognition of her work in the 1999 U.S. v. Tecum case, she was invited, along with the Federal Prosecutors and the victim, by Former Attorney General John Ashcroft, to witness the signing of the “T VISA” in Washington DC. Her work has been recognized by numerous awards, including the 2009 Women of Peace Award, as a top 10 finalist for the 2009 Florida Women Hall of Fame, and with a Special Recognition from the FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC. Anna was also recognized by former President George W. Bush during his speech at the US Department of Justice national Human Trafficking Conference for her dedication to rescue human trafficking victims. US Congressman Mario Diaz Balart further recognized her with the American Flag from the US Capitol and a Certificate of Recognition.

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