Courtney Walsh

Regional Specialist
Advisory Services

Courtney Walsh is a Regional Specialist in Polaris's Advisory Services team, covering 14 states. During her tenure at Polaris, Ms. Walsh has provided trainings and consultations to law enforcement, service providers, government agencies, and community members and managed the anti-trafficking response in her states.

Ms. Walsh’s expertise includes strategic planning and scaling for state-level responses to trafficking, performance management systems for tracking trafficking-related metrics, stakeholder engagement and mapping and tri-sector collaboration for identifying and disrupting trafficking networks. Her skills also include public policy responses to trafficking and the business-government relationship, research on and methodological approaches for employing best practices in trafficking arena, and intersections of domestic violence/sexual assault and human trafficking

Before coming to Polaris, Ms. Walsh was a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton and, before that, a Research Associate and Fellow for Catalyst’s Research Center for Equity in Business Leadership. She has also lived in the Dominican Republic, where she taught English and focused on women and youth development at a community development organization.

Ms. Walsh holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she managed a policy analysis project with Microsoft Research and USC on technology and trafficking. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology from Colgate University (High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa). She currently serves as President of the Harvard Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development nonprofit organization and on the steering committee of the Alumnae-i Network for Harvard Women.

Blog Posts by Courtney Walsh

Polaris works with ECPAT-USA and Marriott International on human trafficking training initiative

Polaris works with ECPAT-USA and Marriott International on human trafficking training initiative

Courtney Walsh|January 12, 2017

All too often, traffickers fly under the radar in hotels because staff and managers do not know what signs to look for on their premises. To address just these concerns, Marriott International took a recent significant step in their efforts to combat trafficking.

Connecticut Moves Toward Eradicating Human Trafficking in Hotels and Motels with New Law

Courtney Walsh|August 05, 2016

As of October 2016, Connecticut hotel and motel staff in will receive mandatory training on how to recognize the signs of human trafficking. 

From Ohio to the White House: One Family's Story

Courtney Walsh|January 19, 2016

The D'Souza family came to the U.S. for a promising new job. Instead, they were forced into a nightmare.