Polaris Project is able to provide journalists with expert information on human trafficking. Below are the names and biographies of our spokespeople.
Bradley Myles currently serves as Polaris Project’s Executive Director and CEO. He has been working on combating the issue of human trafficking for the past ten years since 2002, and he is regarded as one of the leading advocates in the anti-trafficking field. Mr. Myles played an instrumental role in building Polaris Project’s national programs focused on systemic change in the areas of policy advocacy, training, and capacity-building. He also helped create and launch Polaris Project’s operation of the United States’ national human trafficking hotline at 1-888-373-7888. This national model is now regarded as one of the best-functioning anti-trafficking hotlines in the world, and it has played a role in identifying over 11,000 survivors of trafficking over the course of fielding over 85,000 calls.
Mr. Myles has provided consultation, training, and technical assistance on anti-trafficking strategies to hundreds of audiences, including human trafficking task forces and coalitions across the nation, government agencies, federal and local law enforcement, U.S. Members of Congress, foundations, corporations, media outlets, service providers, and foreign delegations.
In addition to overseeing all of Polaris Project’s day to day programmatic and operational areas, Mr. Myles is currently focusing his efforts on Polaris Project’s future strategy for the next decade, entitled Vision 2020, which includes building an alliance of all anti-trafficking hotlines around the world, launching a global coordination center and response network, and crafting an innovative research and data initiative designed to identify strategic intervention points that will target the vulnerabilities in human trafficking networks and syndicates.
Mr. Myles started his anti-trafficking work in 2002, spending his early years mapping out all the actors in the anti-trafficking field in the U.S., conducting outreach and providing direct services to survivors, understanding the patterns of criminal trafficking networks through field research, and helping to build the Washington, DC Human Trafficking Task Force from 2004 to 2007.
Mr. Myles holds degrees in Psychology and Political Science from Stanford University.
Sarah Jakiel is the Deputy Director and Chief Program Officer of Polaris Project. Ms. Jakiel also sits on the Executive Management Team responsible for the overall operation of the organization. She has been on the leading edge of anti-human trafficking efforts both domestically and globally since 2005. Since starting with Polaris Project in 2007 – Ms. Jakiel’s teams have grown to nearly 50 staff members. She speaks and trains frequently on topics ranging from engaging technology in the fight against human trafficking to the development and implementation of human trafficking hotlines as the core of a successful national anti-trafficking strategy. Ms. Jakiel managed the creation of the U.S. National Hotline and advises other countries on local, national and regional efforts to develop effective anti-trafficking response mechanisms.
At Polaris Project, Ms. Jakiel leads the programmatic teams, sets strategy, and supports the organization’s commitment to innovation and impact. Beginning in 2012 – Ms. Jakiel led Polaris Project’s international programmatic expansion efforts focused on targeted capacity building efforts and the launch of the Global Human Trafficking Hotline Network.
Ms. Jakiel 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. Ms. Jakiel 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.
Ms. Jakiel holds a BA in Political Science and French from the University of Virginia and an MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs from American University where she focused her graduate research on both transnational and domestic human trafficking.
Keeli Sorensen has ten years of experience leading policy and programmatic efforts to assist exploited and trafficked populations. As Director of National Programs, Keeli provides guidance and support to Polaris Project’s national programs to help ensure their success. She also plays a significant role in managing and developing strategic partnerships ensuring that the organization engages thoughtfully in movement-wide efforts.
Immediately prior to joining Polaris Project, Keeli worked for four years as the Director of Training and Advocacy for Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program in New York City. She developed the program’s U.S. policy agenda and managed training and outreach activities for key stakeholders and partners. During this time, Keeli was an active member of several anti-trafficking networks including the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), the New York Anti-Trafficking Network (NYATN), and the Global Alliance against Trafficking in Women (GAATW). From 2012-2013, Keeli served as the Policy Co-Chair of the national anti-trafficking coalition the Freedom Network, where she helped oversee the coalition’s policy agenda. Before working with Safe Horizon, Keeli worked internationally to assist survivors of human trafficking and violence at Save the Children, UK, Amnesty International, and the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees. Among her accomplishments were the creation of a pilot project to reintegrate girls associated with the armed forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and leading research on a the sexual exploitation of children in Cote d’Ivoire and Haiti.
Keeli received her MA in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and is proficient in French.