John Richmond is a federal prosecutor serving as the Special Litigation Counsel with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has investigated and prosecuted numerous victim centered labor and sex trafficking cases throughout the United States. John has also prosecuted cross burnings, police misconduct, and neo-Nazi hate crimes cases.
John’s work to combat human trafficking has earned numerous honors, including: being named one of the “Prosecutors of the Year” by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, receiving the David Allred Award for Exceptional Contributions to Civil Rights, twice earning the Department of Homeland Security’s Outstanding Investigative Accomplishments in a Human Trafficking Award, winning the Distinguished Law Enforcement Teamwork Award from the Federal Executive Board, as well as twice receiving the Department of Justice’s Special Commendation Award, and other honors.
John frequently serves as an expert on human trafficking for the United Nation’s Working Group on Trafficking in Persons and at the European Union’s multilateral meetings on human trafficking. He has trained judges, prosecutors, federal agents, law enforcement officers, non-governmental organizations, and international delegations on human trafficking investigative and prosecutorial strategies. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, John worked on human trafficking crimes as the Director of the International Justice Mission’s slavery work in India. John lives with is wife and three children in Vienna, Virginia.