Retired FBI Special Agent Still Fighting Trafficking. The Human Trafficking epidemic is occurring in the United States and worldwide. It is the second most profitable criminal enterprise after illegal drugs. Greg Bristol is a retired FBI Special Agent who specialized in Human Trafficking Investigations. While most retirees are seeking recreation, Greg is still combatting human trafficking through his privately held company HTITI.ORG. A former Michigan State Trooper, Greg became a FBI Special Agent in 1987, and was assigned to the FBI’s Washington Field Office where he first worked Foreign Counterintelligence cases at the end of the Cold War. Counterintelligence is much broader than just espionage, the traditional spy game. It also includes the protection of our national assets like advanced technologies and military capacities. The FBI is the lead agency for exposing, preventing, and investigating intelligence activities on U.S. soil. In 1994 Greg was reassigned to a Public Corruption Squad in Washington, DC. Public corruption, the FBI’s top criminal investigative priority, is a threat to our way of life and national security.
Retired FBI Special Agent Still Fighting Trafficking. It can affect how our neighborhoods are protected by government officials or how our roads and schools are built. Corrupt government officials siphon off hundreds of millions of dollars each year, and no other law enforcement agency has attained the kind of success the FBI has achieved in combating corruption. After serving on a terrorism squad after 9/11 that investigated the attack to the Pentagon, Greg was assigned to the Enron Task Force, a unique blend of investigators and analysts from the FBI, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and prosecutors from the Department of Justice. During Greg’s 4.5 year assignment, Agents conducted more than 1,800 interviews, collected 3,000 boxes of evidence and more than four terabytes of digitized data.
Retired FBI Special Agent Still Fighting Trafficking. In June 2006, Greg was assigned to a Civil Rights Squad in Washington, DC. Since its earliest days, the FBI has helped protect the civil rights of the American people. A dozen of its first special agents, for example, worked peonage cases (the use of laborers bound in servitude because of debt). Greg focused on hate crime and human trafficking investigations, which included forced labor, domestic servitude, and commercial sex trafficking. His cases involved both U.S. citizens and foreigners alike, and they had no demographic restrictions. The FBI works human trafficking under both its Civil Rights program and its Violent Crimes Against Children program. In future blogs, Greg will discuss some of the human trafficking cases that he worked on.
One Presentation at A Time
Retired FBI Special Agent Still Fighting Trafficking. In 2012, Greg founded The Human Trafficking Investigations and Training Institute (HTITI.ORG). In his retirement he is making the effort to increase human trafficking awareness in our U.S. communities. HTITI offers Advanced Training courses oriented to law enforcement on how to investigate human trafficking crimes, and has taught 28 advanced courses in ten states. In addition to conducting classroom-training courses to the police, Greg is a frequent speaker to community groups and government agencies. In the last two years he has spoken about human trafficking to two Rotary groups in Ohio, a Public Charter School in Washington, DC, and to a law school class at Georgetown Law School. A year ago the U.S. Embassy in Cairo invited Greg to speak to Embassy Officials and local law enforcement officers about human trafficking for purposes of organ removal. Organ trafficking, a lucrative global illicit trade, is a lesser-discussed form of human trafficking due to it stealth nature. Since 2012, Greg has given 55 presentations, and has spoken at a United Nations event in Vienna, Austria.
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