My Lo Cook
Strategic Initiative Director
Sex Trafficking from Mexico
My Lo Cook is driving Polaris' efforts to eradicate the sex trafficking of women and girls recruited in Mexico to be exploited in U.S. cities, focusing primarily on increasing access to specialized services for these survivors, raising public awareness about this type of trafficking, equipping communities to identify and respond to victims adequately, and crafting data-driven strategies with law enforcement partners to disrupt the operations of these criminal networks.
My Lo Cook joined Polaris’s global team in the summer of 2013 with a deep level of human rights and nonprofit management experience, and has played a leadership role over the last several years in helping to direct the organization’s program work in both Mexico and Southeast Asia. My was instrumental in stewarding Polaris’s partnership with Consejo Ciudadano and building the organization’s reputation and relationships with key government agencies and anti-trafficking NGOs across the border. Prior to coming to Polaris, My built a strong background in human rights advocacy and capacity building while managing programs in the areas of anti-torture work, refugee protection and livelihood rights across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Fluent in four languages — English, Spanish, French, and Hmong — she has an undergraduate degree in global studies and Spanish from the University of Minnesota, and received her master’s degree in international development from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. My published her master's thesis on refugee protection in the Asian Review of the Institute of Asian Studies at Chulalongkorn University.