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Keeli Sorensen

Director of Government Relations and Public Policy

Keeli Sorensen is the Director of Government Relations and Public Policy. Ms. Sorensen previously served as Polaris's Director of National Programs, providing guidance and support to Polaris’s U.S. program directors as well as developing strategic partnerships ensuring that the organization engaged thoughtfully in movement-wide efforts.

With more than ten years of experience assisting exploited and trafficked populations, Ms. Sorensen leads Polaris's federal policy engagement efforts. She is responsible for developing partnerships with national coalitions and setting the agencies policy agenda to ensure that the laws and practices of the United States government effectively combats human trafficking and provides effective redress to victims of the crime.

Prior to joining Polaris, Ms. Sorensen served as the Director of Training and Advocacy for Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program in New York City where she developed the program’s U.S. policy agenda and managed training and outreach activities for key stakeholders and partners. Ms. Sorensen has been 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, Ms. Sorensen 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, Ms. Sorensen 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.

Blog Posts by Keeli Sorensen

How We Can Protect Temporary Visa Holders from Trafficking

Keeli Sorensen|April 21, 2016

A bill has been introduced to Congress that would require a more public reporting process for temporary work programs. Here's why we need it to pass.

Eight Decades Later, Congress Closes Loophole that Allowed Slave-Made Products into the US

Keeli Sorensen|February 17, 2016

Last week, Congress took a significant step in keeping slave-made products out of the U.S.

News About Keeli Sorensen

ATEST Statement on Executive Order on “Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking”

February 14, 2017

The following statement is from the Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking (ATEST), a U.S.-based coalition that advocates for solutions to prevent and end all forms of hu

Authorization for End Modern Slavery Initiative Passes in NDAA

December 08, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 8, 2016) – Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors, issued the following statement today after the U.S.

Bill to Clear Human Trafficking Survivor Criminal Records Introduced

September 29, 2016

Polaris hailed legislation, The Trafficking Survivors Relief Act of 2016, introduced to help survivors of human trafficking clear their criminal records of non-violent crimes they were forced to commit during their exploitation.