John Vanek is a speaker, author, and consultant focusing on the collaborative response to human trafficking. John is the author of The Essential Abolitionist: What you need to know about human trafficking & modern slavery. John helps a variety of federal and state agencies, non-governmental and community-based organizations, and law enforcement agencies enhance their response to human trafficking. John’s presentations help the public better understand human trafficking and the challenges involved in the response to modern slavery. He also works with academic institutions, and private-sector companies. Contact John.
John is the author of The Essential Abolitionist: What you need to know about human trafficking & modern slavery.
About the Book (from the back cover):
What is human trafficking? Why are millions enslaved in lives of labor and sex trafficking? How do traffickers control their victims? What are the needs of trafficking victims? Why don’t more victims reach out for help? What are the challenges faced by law enforcement? What can I do to help?
John Vanek, nationally recognized authority on the response to human trafficking, along with sixteen expert contributors, answers these and other commonly-asked questions about one of the greatest human rights violations today: human trafficking. The Essential Abolitionist offers context to complex topics, reviews the challenges involved in fighting human trafficking and assisting victims, and examines head-on the myths and misconceptions related to modern slavery. If you are already involved in the response to human trafficking, want to get involved, or simply seek a better understanding of this complex, global issue, The Essential Abolitionist will engage, educate, and inspire.
John retired in the rank of lieutenant from the San Jose Police Department, where he managed the San Jose Police Human Trafficking Task Force. John holds a Master of Arts in Leadership, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Learn more about John’s background and experience here.
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