Carlos Rodriguez

Carlos retired honorably from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) after 27 years with the agency. Carlos led multiple team-based programs throughout his career. He spent the majority of his career focused on complex investigations. Carlos has a proven track record of dealing with complex and stressful situations with ease.  He is highly motivated, continuously assesses fluid situations, and adapts to new scenarios/opportunities.  

Non-profit activities

Carlos' most rewarding assignment was his time protecting children and supporting vulnerable persons. The teams he built continue to succeed and lead the way in fighting child exploitation and human trafficking efforts. Carlos believes if we as a community want to address the problem of child exploitation and human trafficking, we must change how we are doing things. 

Carlos Rodriguez is the Chief Program Officer for the International Association of Human Trafficking Investigators (IAHTI), a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that combats child exploitation and human trafficking by arming law enforcement officers, prosecutors and crime analysts around the world with the training, technical support, resources and members forum they need to identify and rescue victims and prosecute their traffickers. Since IAHTI's inception in 2009, IAHTI has provided training for thousands of investigators, prosecutors and crime analysts from 66 countries and two U.S. Territories, with those numbers growing every year.

Awards & Nominations:

2020                Chief’s Award for Distinguished & Devoted Service, WSP

2018                Champions of Children Award, Clackamas County Child

                        Abuse Summit, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office


2017                 Chief’s Award for Professional Excellence, WSP

2017                 Not on My Watch: Stolen Youth Luncheon Speaker

2017                 Nominated for National Association of

                         Police Organizations Top Cops Awards, Federal Bureau

                         of Investigation (FBI)

2017                 Commendation for commitment and dedication to

                         the Missing and Exploited Children Task Force

                         (MECTF), WSP

2016                 Multiple commendations for Leadership, WSP

2016                 Testified in front of Washington State’s House

                         and Senate reference Sex Trafficking laws

2016                 ICAC Hackathon participant – Ideas on how to enhance

                         ICACCOPS.  ICACCOPS is a database utilized by ICAC. 

2011                 Detachment of the Year, WSP District Eight

2010                 Sheriff Specialty Award, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office

2005                 Interagency Committee on Alcohol, Washington Traffic

                         Safety Committee (WTSC)

2004                 Detachment of the Year, WSP District Two

2002                 Investigator of the Year, National Insurance Crime

                         Bureau (NICB)

2001                 Trooper of the Year, WSP District Two

1999                 Detachment of the Year, WSP District Two


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