Derek Marsh

Derek Marsh retired from the Westminster Police Department, CA, in 2013, as Deputy Chief after more than 26 years of service. In 2004, he co-founded the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF). He served as the co-chair of the OCHTTF from 2004-12, during which time he developed and taught courses in human trafficking (HT) locally and across the state of California, supervised human trafficking investigations, assisted in creating anti-HT DVDs for state and federal grants, wrote and managed multiple HT grants, and provided Congressional testimony twice (2007 & 2009) as an HT expert witness. He has presented anti-HT outreach and training across California and the United States, Saipan,
Italy, Argentina, Romania, Greece, Rwanda, and Kenya (the latter two with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime).
Derek was the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Visiting Fellow in Human Trafficking from October of 2015 through December of 2018, researching how human trafficking task forces identify, investigate and prosecute labor trafficking cases throughout the United States.
In addition, he helped to develop & provide training and technical assistance through the BJA Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) and Office of Victims of Crimes (OVC) TTAC agencies. The overall goal of his fellowship was to identify labor trafficking promising practices in victim/case identification, investigations, and prosecutions and to assist in developing assessment and intervention methods to enhance collaborative partnerships in human trafficking task forces.
Derek works currently as the Associate Director of the Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) in Vanguard University, Costa Mesa. At GCWJ, he works to prevent the exploitation of vulnerable and at-risk populations of women, children, and men via human trafficking and other local and transnational criminal enterprises. His work focuses on GCWJ’s online Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate program, grant writing and developing and providing local, national, and global outreach and training programs and opportunities for first responders and frontline workers contending with human trafficking criminal and collaboration challenges and immigration and asylum situations. Derek has an M.A. in Human Behavior, an M.P.A. in Police Management & Leadership, a graduate certificate in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of FBINA Class #224.