John Vanek - Seeking the Truth in Human Trafficking (and other things, too)
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 the author of The Essential Abolitionist: What you need to know about human trafficking & modern slavery.
A nationally recognized authority on the response to modern-day slavery, John's knowledge on trafficking and human trafficking task force collaboration have been utilized by the United States Department of Justice, the Office of the United States Attorneys, the United States Department of Defense, the California’s Office of the Attorney General, the Freedom Network Training Institute, the Nevada Coalition to Prevent the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, and other governmental and private organizations.
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 was recently included in the Assent Compliance's Top 100 Human Trafficking & Slavery Influence Leaders.
John served 25 years with the San Jose Police Department, retiring in the rank of Lieutenant. In addition, John is an Adjunct Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and holds an 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 mountain activities.