Gonzalo Martinez de Vedia is the program manager for the Buffett-McCain Institute Initiative to Combat Modern Slavery, a comprehensive program to counter human trafficking in the agricultural sector in Texas.

Before joining the McCain Institute for International Leadership, Martinez served as senior policy associate at Humanity United, where he helped manage the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), and human trafficking specialist at the Worker Justice Center of New York.

Under various state and federal government grants, Martinez provided comprehensive case management for trafficking survivors, led targeted outreach to high-risk workplaces, and trained thousands of law enforcement officers and service providers on trafficking identification and response.

He has also served as a human rights commissioner for the County of Ulster, New York, and policy co-chair for Freedom Network USA. He has informed rights-related coverage for NPR Weekend Edition, This American Life, and the New York Times, among many other national and local media outlets.

Martinez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Cornell University, where he was the founding president of the Immigrant Farmworker Initiative. His latest publication — Labor Trafficking: The Garcia Case and Beyond — went to print in 2017 with the Lawyers and Judges Publishing Company in Phoenix.