Jenna Novak is a Regional Specialist in Polaris's Advisory Services team as well as the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, covering the western and southeastern parts of the United States. In her role at Polaris, Ms. Novak has provided trainings and consultations to a variety of audiences, including, but not limited to, federal and local law enforcement, service providers, judges, prosecutors, child welfare entities, juvenile justice agencies, healthcare professionals, and larger task forces and coalitions. Ms. Novak’s expertise includes engagement with public, private, and non-profit stakeholders on the ground to improve responses to human trafficking. She has worked with state Attorneys General offices to implement statewide human trafficking training to state entities and developed tailored materials and protocols in order to enhance states’ human trafficking response. Ms. Novak also specializes in the intersections of domestic violence and sexual assault and human trafficking, hotline operations, and trafficking in tribal communities.
Prior to joining Polaris, Ms. Novak worked in West Africa with various organizations focusing on sex trafficking, women's economic empowerment, and human rights. She has years of experience in the domestic violence and sexual assault fields providing direct assistance for victims and survivors in various roles, including Safehouse Manager, Crisis Consultant, and Case Manager. Ms. Novak has a Masters in International Development and Service from University of Roehampton in London where she wrote her thesis on managing shelter programs for survivors of trafficking and exploitation. She has a dual Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Criminology and Society and Human Services from SUNY Potsdam, where she graduated magna cum laude.