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.



Regional Partner Meeting

We are very excited to welcome our November 10th Regional Partner Zoom meeting speakers, Merari Taboada and Carlos Irias, who will be doing a presentation on behalf of PAXA (Parents Against Child Sexual Abuse) and their partner agency KIDS TOO, both of which are based in Chicago. Merari’s and Carlos’ bios are below. They will be giving an overview of the work that both PAXA and KIDS TOO do, including education on online safety, child poverty, and child sexual abuse.

Merari Taboada: External Relations Manager Merari’s role services inbound opportunities as well as the liaison to programs for PAXA and resources made available via KIDSTOO.ORG. Her experience as a Mexican American helps inform the work of the organization reaching underserved communities. As an older sister to high school teens, Merari is committed to keeping them safe from predators and educating them about the dangers of social media. Merari is a UIC alumnus with a BA in Communications and a minor in Business.

Carlos Irías: Community Manager Carlos plays the important role of Community Manager responsible for engaging and communicating with our parent community and supporters. With his 20 years specializing in sales, crisis management, creation/implementation of digital strategies, he is a strong contributor to executing on the mission. Carlos, who is a father to a 13-year-old son, brings to the PAXA KIDS TOO team, his years of experience working as Director of Digital Strategy, at his agency, CCM. He also is an advocate for community service and has been an active Rotary International member for 15 years.

Zoom Link:

Time: Nov 10, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 830 4086 5191

Passcode: 363672



“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.

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