A Model of Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration in Regional Anti-Slavery Efforts



Erica Baer, PhD
Instructor of Forensics, Department of Justice Studies, Florida Gulf Coast University. PhD, Forensic Psychology, Alliant International University Research associate with the Resource Center on Human Trafficking at FGCU

Refael Olivares, MA
Coordinator, Resource Center on Human Trafficking, Florida Gulf Coast University. MA, Counseling Psychology, Hodges University. Several years experience in agencies serving human trafficking victims. Past chair of the SW Florida Coalition on Human Trafficking and until his appointment in 2013 as Coordinator of the FGCU Resource Center served as Program Director for Human Trafficking for Catholic Charities, SW Florida Region.

Johnny McGaha, PhD
Professor and Director, Resource Center on Human Trafficking, Florida Gulf Coast University, Department of Justice Studies. Several publications and national presentations on Human Trafficking. Training consultant to the Department of State/Homeland Security and to the Republic of Moldova’s Center to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Program evaluator DOJ grants on Human Trafficking and Victims Services, Fort Myers, Florida. Former Chair, Lee County (FL) Task Force on Human trafficking. Founder, Resource Center on Human Trafficking

Tama Koss Caldron, JD
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Florida. JD, University of Florida. Several years experience as federal prosecutor including successful prosecution of trafficking cases.Currently Chair, SW Florida Regional Task Force on Human Trafficking


The hidden nature of the horrendous crime of trafficking in persons makes it difficult to accurately determine the extent of the problem, both nationally and locally. Additionally, the complexities, time consuming investigations, resource and jurisdictional challenges, issues with traumatized victims who are often reluctant to identify, and/or testify against the traffickers, all result in low levels of prosecution. Any successful outcome of these difficult cases mandates the strong communication and collaboration of all agencies involved, including law enforcement, prosecution, and a variety of victim’s services. This paper presents one relatively successful task force model.