Prior to joining The Institute, Tyler served as a prosecutor in Texas for nearly 13 years. Most recently, he was responsible for the prosecution of cases, program development, and the daily supervision and training of all prosecutors and staff assigned to the Child Abuse/Exploitation, Internet Crimes Against Children, and Human Trafficking Divisions.
Tyler founded the Montgomery County Coalition Against Human Trafficking and was instrumental in developing anti-trafficking protocols and collaboration throughout Texas. Tyler also developed Project AVERT, a prosecutor-led diversion program specifically designed to assist trafficking survivors. Tyler served on the Office of the Texas Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team and was recognized by Governor Greg Abbot for his commitment to curbing demand for human trafficking and prosecuting exploiters. Tyler is a frequent speaker and trainer for prosecutors, investigators, and service providers on the topics of human trafficking and child exploitation.
Tyler received his Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and his law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. Tyler began his legal career as a briefing attorney on the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas, for Justice Richard Edelman. Tyler obtained a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership & Management from Sam Houston State University, where he also serves as an adjunct professor teaching courses in criminal law, criminal forensics, and criminal justice management.
Tyler has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including Children’s Safe Harbor (a Child Advocacy Center) and the Montgomery County Homeless Coalition. He has also participated in a number of international mission trips to Kenya, Ivory Coast, Haiti, and Uganda. Tyler is married and has three beautiful daughters.