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Sarah Jakiel

Chief Program Officer, Polaris


Sarah Jakiel has been on the leading edge of anti-human trafficking efforts both domestically and globally since 2005. Sarah started with Polaris in 2007 launching and directing the National Human Trafficking Resource Center and filling a critical service in the anti-trafficking field focused on victim identification, helping survivors access help, and directing key data and intelligence to law enforcement and institutional stakeholders positioned to fight the traffickers.

At Polaris, Sarah leads multiple teams, sets strategy, and supports the organization’s commitment to innovation and impact. Sarah led Polaris Project’s international programmatic expansion efforts beginning in 2012 and focused on targeted capacity building efforts and the launch of regional hotline hubs around the world and in 2013, helped to launch Polaris’ Data Analysis wing to learn more about the scope, size, and systems of modern slavery and to find out where and how human traffickers operate and put them out of business.

Sarah has worked closely with federal partners, international and nongovernmental organizations, law enforcement, technologists and the private sector to forge effective cross-disciplinary partnerships necessary to fight human trafficking. Sarah thrives on improving efficiency, problem solving, and crafting innovative models to push the organization toward long term sustainability in the fight to eradicate modern-day slavery.