Acting Special Representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Trafficking in Human Beings
Valiant (Val) Richey is the Acting Coordinator for the Office to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings in the OSCE and oversees the day-to-day operations of the office. Prior to joining the OSCE, Val worked for thirteen years as prosecutor 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. For the last five years, he 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, he managed a program for legislative policy and fiscal analysis. Val has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Political Science from Boston University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington.