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The IRC invites you to participate in National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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On Thursday, January 28, the IRC in Tallahassee is participating in National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month by inviting the community to join a free, live online panel discussions regarding human trafficking in North Florida. 

Human trafficking affects all populations no matter the age, gender, race, or economic status. January is a month where we take time to acknowledge those who are experiencing enslavement and those who have survived. Florida ranks in the top three U.S. states for reported incidents of human trafficking, and the IRC in Tallahassee is taking action by expanding our services to the northwest region of Florida to help survivors.

The IRC will host a total of three panel discussions that will cover a range of topics related to human trafficking. The first panel discussion was hosted on Tuesday, January 26 and can viewed here: 

The Story of Survivors Panelists: 

  • Ms. J’ere Clark - Senior Child Protective Investigator Human Trafficking Specialist, Department of Children and Families  
  • Ms. Kristina Bailey - Human Trafficking Caseworker, IRC Tallahassee 
  • Ms. Caridad Mas-Batchelor - Task Force Coordinator, South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force 
  • Ms. Graciela Marquina - Victim Assistance Director, Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center  
  • Mr. David Oliver – Deputy Director, IRC Florida 
  • Moderator: Ms. Regina Bernadin - Technical Advisor, Anti-Trafficking Programs, IRC 

The panel discussions aim to educate the community, bring awareness and provide resources to report suspected cases of human trafficking. Panel discussions will be live streamed on the IRC in Florida’s Facebook page. Please use the links to view event details:

Labor Trafficking: The Story of Immigrant Survivors – January, 28 at 10 am  


  • Mr. Cristobal Perez - Program Analyst, Department of Children and Families 
  • Mr. Terry Coonan - Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of Human Rights and Associate Professor, Law and Criminology, Florida State University 
  • Ms. Kelly Ann Whelan - Policy Analyst, U.S. Committee for Refugee and Immigrants 
  • Ms. Robin Hassler Thompson - Executive Director, Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center  
  • Mr. JC Torres – Development Manager, IRC Florida 
  • Moderator: Ms. Regina Bernadin - Technical Advisor, Anti-Trafficking Programs, IRC

Preventing and Understanding Human Trafficking in Youth – January, 28 at 3pm 


  • Ms. Lorena Vollrath-Bueno - Felony Chief –Division B, Office of the State Attorney 
  • Ms. Katia Coonan - Statewide Human Trafficking Prevention Director, Department of Children and Families 
  • Ms. Elizabeth Bascom - Criminal Investigation Bureau, Special Victims Unit, Tallahassee Police  
  • Ms. Vania Aguilar - Program Manager, Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, Florida State University 
  • Mr. David Oliver – Deputy Director, IRC Florida 
  • Moderator – Ms. Kristina Bailey – Human Trafficking Program Coordinator, IRC Tallahassee 

To report suspected human trafficking or to obtain resources for victims, please call 1-888-373-7888; text “BeFree” (233733); or live chat at HumanTraffickingHotline.org. The toll-free phone, SMS text lines, and online chat function are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Help is available in English, Spanish, Creole, or in more than 200 additional languages. The National Hotline is not managed by law enforcement, immigration or an investigative agency. Correspondence with the National Hotline is confidential and you may request assistance or report a tip anonymously. 

To learn more about the work of the IRC in Florida and for information on how you can get involved with the IRC as a donor or volunteer, please contact Development Manager, JC Torres, at Juan.Torres [at] Rescue.org or 786-325-6257.

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