JohnRichmond2014John Richmond is a founding director of the Human Trafficking Institute, that exists to decimate modern slavery at its source by empowering police and prosecutors to stop traffickers. Working inside criminal justice systems, the Institute provides the embedded experts, world-class training, investigative resources, and evidence-based research necessary to free victims.

For over a decade John was a federal prosecutor serving as the Special Litigation Counsel with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He investigated and prosecuted numerous victim-centered labor and sex trafficking cases throughout the United States. John also prosecuted cross burnings, police misconduct, and neo-Nazi hate crimes cases.

John’s work to combat human trafficking has earned numerous honors, including: being named one of the “Prosecutors of the Year” by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, receiving the David Allred Award for Exceptional Contributions to Civil Rights, twice earning the Department of Homeland Security’s Outstanding Investigative Accomplishments in a Human Trafficking Award, winning the Distinguished Law Enforcement Teamwork Award from the Federal Executive Board, receiving Shared Hope International’s Pathbreaker Award for Innovations in Combating Human Trafficking, as well as twice receiving the Department of Justice’s Special Commendation Award.

John frequently serves as an expert on human trafficking, for the United Nation’s Working Group on Trafficking in Persons and at the European Union’s multilateral meetings on human trafficking. He has trained judges, prosecutors, federal agents, law enforcement officers, non-governmental organizations, and international delegations on human trafficking investigative and prosecutorial strategies.

John has taught Human Trafficking Law, Policy, and Litigation at Vanderbilt School of Law and he is a regular contributor to the Storyline blog. Prior to forming the Human Trafficking Institute and joining the Department of Justice, John worked on human trafficking crimes as the Director of the International Justice Mission’s slavery work in India.