Raymond Bechard is an Author, Producer and Human Rights Advocate. For over 25 years he has worked to provide justice, cooperation and equality to people across the globe. Bechard often advises organizations in their mission to bring hope and encouragement to the world.
Well known as an outspoken Provocateur, Bechard is credited with writing multiple pieces of successful legislation focusing on human trafficking, forcing Facebook to enact stronger child-safety measures and removing thousands of illicit pages of content from their website, “killing” a Tribune Media publication after it continued to run ads selling illegal “escort” services, and generally making people in power uncomfortable whenever he focuses his resources, writing and public speaking on them.
Now, he is producing “Honor Bound,” a television documentary series telling the previously unknown stories of the US military’s humanitarian work throughout the world.
To multiply his impact, he has trained thousands of people, equipping individuals with the no-nonsense information and resources needed to bring lasting change.
With over 1.5 million followers joining his Heroes Rising campaign, Raymond continues speaking truth to power, exposing corruption and giving a voice to those who have none.
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“Thank you for your great work on behalf of children.”
— US Senator Richard Blumenthal
“When Bechard focuses on trafficking, he is clear and persuasive.”
— Tom Condon, The Hartford Courant
“How can we possibly thank you enough for your constant support during our recent investigation into Prostitution and Human Trafficking. Your suggestions and assumption of responsibility for the well being of one of our victims/witnesses is critical to our investigation. One of the most amazing things is that you said you would do specific things to care for the victim and then did them; a rare commodity.”
— Lucein St Germain, Commanding Officer, Connecticut Statewide Organized Crime Investigative Task Force
“Ray, the fact of the matter is you always were and always will be my savior. Someone who saved me from myself and the brutality of the streets. Still to this day you protect me and watch over me. I can never repay the debt. Nor could I ever find someone I can confide in such as yourself. No one understands or is more compassionate than you to my needs and frustration over being victimized. These people who are so quick to judge and criticize on something they know nothing of. You truly do understand fully now the feeling of being victimized. I’m behind you all the way!!”
— “Marie” – Victim of Human Trafficking
“Thank you so much for allowing us into your world and your work. We are so grateful for you time, effort and knowledge sharing. It is very clear you are passionate about human trafficking and your desire to rid society of its power.”
— Jennifer Moller, Director, Women’s Health Services, Hartford Hospital
“I wanted to thank you for your presentation this past Wednesday. My husband read your book, The Berlin Turnpike. I had fallen into the belief of one of your myths: that this was a terrible abuse perpetrated mainly on foreign soil. Your talk opened my eyes to this evil occurring right in our backyards. And as I sat there, I had that same guttural awful feeling; I could hardly look at the screen. God bless the children, God bless the vulnerable, and God bless you for exposing this to the world.”
— Rekha K. Singh, MD, FACS, Chief of Surgery, Hospital of Central Connecticut
“I am thrilled to be in the company of such a talented writer.”
— Ellen Muth, Actress, “Dead Like Me,” “Dolores Claiborne,” “Hannibal”
“Mr. Bechard has dedicated himself to training those in law enforcement and criminal justice, traveling the country to educate police officers. Victims of trafficking have no better advocate than Raymond Bechard”
— Alvin Powell, Senior Science Writer, Harvard University
“After each presentation, I require my students to write a response paper. They are famously quick to detect a disingenuous speaker, and can be brutally honest in their criticisms; Bechard passes the authenticity test with an ‘A’. Time after time my students give him positive reviews, saying his was one of the most important classes of the semester.”
— Carole MacKenzie, LCSW, University of Harford
Thank you so much to the one and only Raymond Bechard for sharing your research about the dark crime of human trafficking in Connecticut and the United States. We certainly learned a lot today.
— Dorina Leslie, Shine The Light Project
“I had to call on Ray for assistance in locating one of our foster care girls that had run away. She had been missing for five days and three police departments were searching for her. Ray and his staff were able to locate her and she was rescued from the trafficker who already had her working on the streets. I am so impressed with the level of commitment of this gentle man and his humility as he works to make a difference in the lives of young vulnerable children.”
— Rosemarie Burton, President, Klingberg Family Centers
“On behalf of the Suzanne Mubarek Women’s International Peace Movement and the Campaign End Human Trafficking Now!, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind collaboration and participation at the conference ‘Human Trafficking at the Crossroads’, held in the Kingdom of Bahrain. We are pleased to inform you that the conference turned out to be a great success, an outcome which could not have been achieved without your valuable contribution.”
— Dr. Aleya El Bindari Hammad, Founding Member and Member of the Board, SMWIPM/End Human Trafficking Now
“On behalf of Soroptimist International of Northeastern Region, thank you for moving us with your Keynote presentation on human trafficking. Our missions are in synch and can really make a difference for women and girls.”
— Sara Nichols, Governor, Soroptimist International of Northeastern Region
“On behalf of all of us at D.A.R.E. America I wish to express my appreciation for your participation and contribution to the tremendous success of the 22nd Annual D.A.R.E. International Training Conference in Orlando, Florida. We are sincerely grateful to you for the time and effort you committed to … furnishing vital information to the D.A.R.E. instructors and educators.
— Scott Gilliam, Director of Training. D.A.R.E. America
“Thank you for taking time to present valuable information to D.A.R.E. officers from across the State of Missouri”
— Missouri D.A.R.E. Officer Association
“I found Ray’s presentation to be informative & valuable. His presentation will serve as the foundation for our future objectives in investigating Human Trafficking crimes. ”
— Matthew Catania, Chief of Police, Plainville, CT
“Excellent Class. A real eye opener”
— Stephen Boven, Wilmore, Kentucky Police Department
“Thanks for the great update of info. It’s here and now and we need to change our vocabulary like we suggested and address this problem.”
— Amanda Fisher, Anchorage Police Department
“I learned things about human trafficking I did not know. Working with kids in my job, I think this will help me identify children at risk.”
— Scott Wardingly, Lake County Florida Sheriff’s Office
“He is singularly capable of doing this as he is exceptionally talented in all areas of communication, from writing to public speaking and training. Raymond Bechard is the preeminent law enforcement trainer in Connecticut in all areas pertaining to human trafficking.”
— Rev. Dr. Michael Morawski, New Members Pastor, The First Cathedral, CCSU Adjunct Professor
“Thank you for meeting with our Campaign Committee. Even that short time together has completely reinvigorated our team and magnified our efforts.”
— Dr. John R. Myers, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Fort Lauderdale
“Great job! You make an excellent business consultant, mediator, and counselor!”
— Glenn Disosway, New Hope Community Church, Grand Rapids, MI
“Your seminar received that rare, unanimous rating of excellent in all areas.”
— David Nash, Executive Director, Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce