Acting Coordinator for the Office to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
Valiant (Val) Richey is the Acting Coordinator for the Office to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, where he oversees the day-to-day operations of the office and assists the 57 OSCE countries in combating human trafficking. Prior to joining the OSCE, Val worked for thirteen years as prosecutor in Seattle handling hundreds of sexual assault, child exploitation and human trafficking cases. In this position, he helped pioneer new operations and technology-based efforts to combat trafficking. He also coordinated a group of law enforcement, NGOs, academics, service providers, philanthropists, and policy makers focused on the eradication of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking in Washington State. This coalition launched innovative projects for public awareness, identification and recovery of victims of exploitation, and deterrence of the demand for sex trafficking. Prior to working as a prosecutor, Val managed a program for legislative policy and fiscal analysis. He has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Political Science from Boston University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington.