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Keeli Sorensen

Director of Programs
Keeli Sorensen is the Director of Programs at Polaris where she provides strategic guidance on national and international programs and developing strategic partnerships ensuring that the organization engages thoughtfully in movement-wide efforts. In this role, she also oversees government relations and public policy 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

Reauthorizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act

Keeli Sorensen|June 29, 2017

The most consequential federal law on human trafficking is the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), originally passed in 2000 and r

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 State Department’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report

June 30, 2017

This year's rankings undermine credibility of the TIP Report; the upgrades of Malaysia, Burma and Qatar are unjustified.

Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act Introduced

April 28, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 28, 2017)—Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and help survivors restore their freedom, today hailed the U.S.

Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act Introduced

April 27, 2017

Polaris today hailed the U.S. Congress for taking the first steps toward reauthorizing the United States’ cornerstone anti-human trafficking legislation.