Sean D. Reyes has served as Utah’s 21st Attorney General and the state’s top law enforcement officer since 2013. He graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University and earned his law degree with honors from U.C. Berkeley.
Attorney General Reyes litigated and tried cases for nearly 14 years at one of Utah’s largest and most prestigious law firms, representing local and global clients including many from the technology sector. As a trial partner, he litigated some of Utah’s most high-profile cases while serving on numerous community boards, leading him to be recognized as Utah Young Lawyer of the Year in 2005 and the American Bar Association’s first-ever National Outstanding Young Lawyer in 2008. Later, he served as General Counsel for a technology company and a partner in a venture fund, helping to run various technology businesses.
Attorney General Reyes is considered a global expert on human trafficking. In 2014, he led the successful statewide investigation and prosecution of Victor Rax, a notorious international gang leader. Rax had trafficked scores of minors in Utah for over fifteen years, but had repeatedly eluded prosecution until General Reyes brought him to justice.
A year later, Attorney General Reyes garnered international attention for his work in Cartegena, Colombia as a volunteer operative infiltrating and helping to take down one of the largest sex trafficking operations on record, liberating over 120 children in a single day. He has continued as an operative, advisor and instructor at the invitation of numerous host countries worldwide, advocating for the most vulnerable.
Domestically, he has led many more investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking cases. These have included labor trafficking, sex trafficking, child pornography, illegal adoptions and other types of forced exploitation. Recently, his office was again in the national news after leading a multi-state investigation over an extensive period of time to apprehend a county official and suspected trafficker in Arizona. Due to the dedicated work by Attorney General Reyes and his office, the suspected trafficker will stand trial on charges that he allegedly facilitated illegally international adoptions from the Marshall Islands.
Attorney General Reyes has received numerous awards locally and internationally for his work combatting trafficking and for his pioneering work to help victims in such cases. He has worked closely with the White House and United States Congress to combat trafficking in all its forms, testifying before Congress and governing bodies of other countries on the scourge of modern-day slavery.
Attorney General Reyes has convened and spoken at international conferences on combating human trafficking. He currently co-chairs the Human Trafficking Committee for the National Association of Attorneys General, and leads the Attorney General Alliance Partnership, working with dozens of nations to combat trafficking and other transnational crime.
Reyes serves on several NGO boards dedicated to freeing victims and providing sanctuary, therapy and other aftercare services to survivors. He is a multiple Ted-X presenter and frequent lecturer and keynote speaker to businesses, civic and service groups on the threat of trafficking. He frequently dedicates time to training lawmakers, police and prosecutors globally on fighting modern-day slavery.
The son of a Spanish-Filipino immigrant father and a Japanese-Hawaiian mother, Attorney General Reyes is Utah’s first statewide minority elected official. He and his wife, Saysha, have six children. A former MMA fighter and collegiate athlete, he enjoys speaking at comic conventions, hosting and co-producing A&E’s hit show Addiction Unplugged, coaching his kids in sports and spending time with his wife.