John Vanek is a leadership, collaboration, and anti-human trafficking consultant and speaker working with law enforcement agencies, non-governmental and community-based organizations, academic institutions and private sector companies. John is a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States, and is the author of The Essential Abolitionist: What you need to know about human trafficking & modern slavery.
John holds a Master of Arts in Leadership, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of International Policy & Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
John is a nationally recognized authority on human trafficking and the response to modern-day slavery, and his knowledge on trafficking and multidisciplinary task force leadership and operations have been utilized by the United States Department of Justice, the Office of the United States Attorneys, California’s Office of the Attorney General, California POST Institute for Criminal Investigations, the California District Attorneys Association, the National Law Enforcement Training Network, the Not For Sale Campaign, Police One, the Freedom Network Training Institute, the Nevada Coalition to Prevent the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, and other governmental and private organizations.
John served 25 years with the San Jose Police Department, retiring in the rank of Lieutenant. His assignments included Special Operations, Training, Sexual Assault Investigations, Vice, Systems Development, and the Bomb Squad. He received his MA in Leadership from Saint Mary’s College of California.
John and his wife, Dawn, now reside in Gardnerville, Nevada where they enjoy their horse, dog, and a variety of outdoor activities.