Rod serves as Justice Initiative Director & Risk Officer for Grace Farms Foundation. In this role, he is responsible for all programs aligned with the mission to end modern day slavery, gender-based violence, and illegal wildlife trade, through effective policy, training, and advocacy. Rod is also part of the Grace Farms Foundation Architecture + Construction Working Group, which aims to build awareness of forced labor in the architecture and global construction industry and establish auditing standards in the procurement of construction material. Rod is also responsible for assessing and executing the risk program.
Throughout his career in federal law enforcement, Rod has developed an expertise in investigating international organized crimes. Rod investigated and successfully prosecuted federal/state crimes including international and domestic human trafficking, child exploitation, export violations, narcotics, terrorism, complex financial crimes, money laundering, international weapons trafficking, intellectual property, export, and immigration.
Rod has been instrumental in establishing agreements between Grace Farms Foundation and intergovernmental agencies and non-governmental organizations, in order to provide capacity building and skills needed to disrupt criminal organization involved in human trafficking, forced labor, and wildlife trafficking.
Rod and the Grace Farms Foundation team also advise and train international, federal, state, and local law enforcement in successfully combatting and prosecuting national and transnational organized crime involved in human trafficking and illegal wildlife trade. International trainings are conducted in Africa, Asia, and Europe to enhance capacity of law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and social service providers, and to strengthen networks for regional law enforcement which can lead to increased investigative collaboration. Rod maintains oversight of all elements related to content creation and training deployment. Past and current workshop partners include Interpol, UNODC, UNDP, State Department, Department of Homeland Security, Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF), USAID, ENACT, and other non-governmental organizations.
Rod previously oversaw the Connecticut New Haven office with the Department of Homeland Security. His career as a federal agent began in 1995 and since then he has received numerous awards including the Medal of Valor for his heroic actions during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Rod has supervised Special Agents, Task Force Officers, and Research Analysts pursuing indictments, arrests and convictions of criminal violators, executions of controlled deliveries of narcotics, smuggled items such as weapons and cultural property enforcement / interdiction of all other criminal violations encompassed by federal statutory authorities.
Rod led and supervised a team of federal agents and forensic interviewers to investigate human trafficking and child exploitation offenses in the United States, Haiti, Nicaragua and South Africa. He worked with the international law enforcement community to investigate and gather evidence of numerous criminal violations, including child trafficking and exploitation offenses. The international criminal investigations were successfully conducted and permitted the prosecution of offenders in federal court in Florida, New York, and Connecticut.