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.