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.


May 2021 Regional Partner Meeting 

Our next Regional Partners Zoom meeting will be on Thursday, May 13th at 12 Noon. Our scheduled presenter, Elizabeth Donovan, will be joined by two other presenters she has invited who will share their experiences. Elizabeth is a co-founder of the Coalition and a member of the Board of Directors. She is an attorney and a professor at Eastern Michigan University who has been a legal advocate for survivors of human trafficking. She will speak on the topic “Human Trafficking and Vulnerability”, discussing the various ways in which adults and children can become victims of human traffickers. We look forward to seeing you at Noon on May 13th !    

Here’s more about our presenters: 

Elizabeth Donovan

Attorney and Professor at Eastern Michigan University

At Eastern Michigan University, Professor Donovan teaches courses in the Paralegal and Women’s and Gender Studies departments, including a course on Human Trafficking Law. Before joining EMU last fall, Professor Donovan was a Professor of Law and a Director of Clinical Programs. In her clinics, she represented survivors of labor trafficking, sex trafficking, and other violent crimes, first in Michigan and later in Florida, for more than fourteen years. Professor Donovan has published articles addressing sex trafficking in Connecticut Law Review, Quinnipiac Law Review, and Cleveland State Law Review. She speaks on the topic of human trafficking with colleges and law schools; coalitions of law enforcement, social service providers, and practitioners; community and governmental leaders; and local and national groups. Professor Donovan received her Juris Doctor from the University of Washington, master’s in Education from the University of Michigan, and bachelor’s in English from the State University of New York at Albany.

Erika Pineros

Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Director for the Anti-Human Trafficking Program at Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice 

Ms. Pineros’s clinical work has focused on trauma victims including domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. She is trained in Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR). For the past six years, Ms. Pineros has led the Anti-Human Trafficking Program at Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, which offers case management assistance to survivors throughout ten Florida counties, as well as outreach/trainings to community agencies. She has spoken at national conferences such as the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in New Orleans, and the National Social Science Association Conference in Albuquerque. Ms. Pineros received her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Florida Gulf Coast University, and her bachelor’s in Psychology, with a minor in Family, Youth, and Community Services, from the University of Florida.

Cristobal Perez

Educational Psychologist and Program Analyst for the Florida Department of Children and Families – Refugee Services

Mr. Perez has supervised social workers in non-profit settings, as well as conducted trainings to health providers, social service agencies, federal and local law enforcement agencies, and community associations for more than thirteen years. As a Program Analyst for the Florida Department of Children and Families – Refugee Services, his duties include supervising the programmatic aspect of the unaccompanied refugee minor’s program, consulting with staffing and identifying human trafficking cases throughout Florida, as well as assisting foreign-born survivors obtain public benefits. Mr. Perez is a published author and academic guest lecturer, who has received recognition, both inside and outside of Florida, for his work with human trafficking victims. He received his master’s in Educational Psychology from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and his bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Denver.

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