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John Cotton Richmond

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Ambassador Richmond has a distinguished career in the global battle for freedom. He co-founded the Human Trafficking Institute that exists to decimate modern slavery at its source by empowering police and prosecutors to use victim-centered and trauma-informed methods to hold traffickers accountable and ensure survivors are treated with respect and care. While at the Institute, Ambassador Richmond built a team of experienced and dedicated anti-trafficking professionals and led the Institute’s long-term international country projects and its aggressive research agenda. In 2018, he co-authored the first Federal Human Trafficking Report that collected and analyzed all the active federal human trafficking cases in the United States.
Prior to the Institute, Ambassador Richmond served, for more than ten years, as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit where he investigated and prosecuted numerus victim-centered labor and sex trafficking cases throughout the United States. He also prosecuted cross burnings, police misconduct, and neo-Nazi hate crimes cases. Ambassador Richmond regularly served as an expert to the United Nations Working Group on Trafficking in Persons. He also lived in India for three years pioneering International Justice Mission’s anti-slavery work.
Ambassador Richmond’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, 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.
Ambassador Richmond has trained judges, prosecutors, federal agents, law enforcement officers, and non-governmental organizations on effective, proactive human trafficking investigative and prosecutorial strategies. He also taught Human Trafficking Law, Policy, and Litigation at Pepperdine School of Law and Vanderbilt Law School. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington and his Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law.

El embajador Richmond tiene una carrera distinguida en la batalla mundial por la libertad. Es cofundador del Human Trafficking Institute que existe para diezmar la esclavitud moderna en su origen, al capacitar a la policía y a los fiscales para que utilicen métodos centrados en la víctima e informados sobre el trauma para responsabilizar a los traficantes y garantizar que los sobrevivientes sean tratados con respeto y cuidado. Durante su estancia en el Instituto, el embajador Richmond formó un equipo de profesionales dedicados y experimentados en la lucha contra el tráfico y dirigió los proyectos internacionales a largo plazo del Instituto y su agresiva agenda de investigación. En 2018, fue coautor del primer Informe Federal sobre la Trata de Personas que recopiló y analizó todos los casos activos de trata de personas en Estados Unidos.
Antes de fundar el Instituto, el embajador Richmond se desempeñó durante más de diez años, como fiscal federal en la Unidad de Enjuiciamiento de Casos de Trata de Personas del Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos, donde investigó y procesó numerosos casos de víctimas de tráfico laboral y explotación sexual en todo Estados Unidos. El embajador Richmond sirvió regularmente como experto en el Grupo de Trabajo de las Naciones Unidas de la Trata de Personas. También vivió en la India durante tres años como pionero en el trabajo contra la esclavitud de la Misión de Justicia Internacional.

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