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Quinn Sandor Kepes

Senior Program Director, Verité

Quinn Sandor Kepes is a Senior Program Director in the Raw Materials Programs Department at Verité, where he has worked for over 14 years providing businesses, investors, governments, intergovernmental organizations, workers, and civil society the knowledge and tools that they need to eliminate the most serious labor and human rights abuses from global supply chains. He oversees Verité’s research and in-depth programming on raw materials in the Americas and has authored 12 in-depth research reports for Verité, in addition to co-authoring reports for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the UN Special Rapporteurs on Human Trafficking and Contemporary Forms of Slavery, and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. Mr. Kepes has carried out and directed field research on human trafficking and other labor and human rights risks in illegal gold mining and the agricultural (coffee, palm oil, sugar, cattle, produce corn, peanuts, Brazil-nuts), seafood (shrimp, tuna, illegal fishing), and garment sectors. Mr. Kepes has researched the links between organized crime and human rights abuses for Verité and other organizations.

Mr. Kepes is currently based in Mexico and lived in Guatemala for six years, where he worked with civil society initiatives and oversaw field research. In Guatemala, Mr. Kepes obtained a graduate degree in Human Rights and Political Participation through the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IIHR). He also holds a B.A. in Political Science and Certificates in International Relations and Latin American Studies from the University of Massachusetts. He is fluent in Spanish and English.

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