John R. Miller was director of the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and senior advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell on human trafficking. The Trafficking in Persons Office coordinates U.S. government activities in the global fight against modern-day slavery, including forced labor and sexual exploitation, which impacts some 800,000 women, children, and men every year.
From 1985 to 1993, Mr. Miller served in the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Washington. Prior to being elected congressman, he was active in state and municipal governments, serving as assistant attorney general for Washington; vice president and legal counsel for the Washington Environmental Council; and Seattle city councilman.
While in Congress, Mr. Miller held a seat on the House Committee on International Relations and was a member of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. He was active in furthering the struggle of Eastern European countries to gain freedom from the control of the then-Soviet Union, and he visited Lithuania to encourage free elections and independence there. For his leadership on human rights, the Seattle Anti-Defamation League gave Mr. Miller its Torch of Freedom Award.
For three years, Mr. Miller was chairman of the board of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, an organization devoted to research and writing on international affairs, trade, defense, science, economics, technology and transportation. In 1992, he founded the Discovery Institutes Cascadia Project, which promotes relations between western Canada and the northwestern United States.