Utah's Fight Against the New Drug: Online Pornography
Sean D. Reyes, Utah Attorney General
In 2013, at the age of 42, the Honorable Sean Reyes was appointed by Governor Gary Herbert as Utah’s 21st Attorney General. Reyes took over an office racked with scandal and inefficiency in the midst of some of the most significant constitutional issues in state history. Within a few years, he has reorganized and reenergized the office internally and recaptured the trust of the State with exemplary leadership, innovative programs and historic wins against human traffickers, drug dealers, child predators and white collar criminals. Reyes handily won re-election in November 2016, and was tapped as an advisor to the newly elected Trump administration on issues related to the Supreme Court as well as to minorities including the Hispanic-American and Asian American and Pacific Island communities.
Having had success prosecuting the notorious human/child sex trafficker Victor Rax in Utah in early 2014, Reyes decided to join an undercover sting in Colombia in October 2014 with Operation Underground Railroad, where he and a team comprised of former Department of Homeland Security special agent Tim Ballard and several courageous ex-military and civilian supporters rescued over 120 young girls from the hands of cartel members. Today, eradicating human and child trafficking in Utah remains a priority for Attorney General Reyes along with other violent crimes against the most vulnerable in our society including online predators that exploit pornography and other sexual media to commit unthinkable acts against today’s youth. Reyes is also an advisory board member of the anti-pornography non-profit, Fight the New Drug.
The son of a Spanish-Filipino immigrant father, who fled the Marcos regime and a Japanese-Hawaiian mother, AG Reyes is Utah’s first minority elected statewide. Reyes and his wife, Saysha, are the proud parents of six children.