Valiant (Val) Richey

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

Modern slavery: a multifaceted challenge for international law (morning panels session, day 2)

Valiant (Val) Richey is the OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the office and supports the 57 OSCE participating States in the development and implementation of anti-trafficking strategies and initiatives.

Prior to joining the OSCE, Val worked for thirteen years as prosecutor in Seattle handling sexual assault, child exploitation and human trafficking cases. 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. 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.