To combat human trafficking through preventative education and community partnerships.
Southwest Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking
The Southwest Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking works with a large and growing number of area organizations that provide various direct services to survivors of human trafficking. The regional partner organizations meet every two months to learn more about some aspect of one another’s mission and work to prevent and combat human trafficking.
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Regional Partners Meeting
We are proud to announce that Alina Donahue from the Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples will be our guest speaker at the May 12th Regional Partners meeting.
Alina Donahue is a Human Trafficking survivor. In 2012, Alina fell victim to this dark world we know as Human Trafficking. For months, she lived in the shadows of her trafficker. With each day that passed, she prayed that her nightmare would come to an end. After eight horrific months, Alina was finally able to escape the grasp of her trafficker during an encounter with local law enforcement. In 2018, Alina became the first individual in the state of Florida to have her criminal charges expunged due to being a victim of human trafficking. After making history, Alina felt she was destined to make a difference and help victims escape their traffickers.
Alina Donahue first joined The Shelter for Abused Women & Children as a member of The Shelter’s Next Gen committee. This committee consisted of young entrepreneurs and notable professionals in the Naples area. After a few months of serving on this committee, Alina knew she wanted to make an even greater impact supporting The Shelter‘s mission. Thus, she made a career change and joined The Shelter’s program team as an advocate at the State Attorney’s Office. This role not only allowed her to advocate for victims of domestic violence in the court system, but also to provide educational classes to females at the Collier County Jail. She would visit weekly to discuss social issues, sexual exploitation, trauma, healthy vs abusive relationships, and shelter services. In 2020, Alina was the co-creator in developing The Shelter’s first human trafficking residential program at the Shelly Stayer Shelter in Immokalee. Alina has so passionately worked with and motivated many victims of sex trafficking and continues to raise awareness and uncover the realities of this issue.
Topic: May 12th Regional Partners Zoom Meeting
Time: May 12, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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2022 SURVIVOR SUPPORT GRANT PROGRAM
“The goal of the SWFL Coalition Against Human Trafficking Survivor Support Grant is to aid a specific want or need of a survivor of human trafficking. The Coalition seeks to accomplish this goal by awarding grants to Coalition partner agencies who work directly with survivors.”
Thank you all for helping to make the Survivor Support Grant Program’s first year a successful one! In 2021, over $6,500 in grants was approved and distributed to our Regional Partner agencies and organizations providing direct services to survivors of human trafficking. As we move into the new year, the Board of Directors would like to expand the scope of this grant program. Therefore, beginning January 1, 2022, the maximum amount awarded with each Survivor Support Grant approval has been increased from $500 to $1,000. Agencies may apply more than once per cycle.
For further information, please email Janet@swfl-humantrafficking.org.