Chief Program Officer
Catherine Chen is the Chief Program Officer at Polaris. Catherine joins Polaris having spent 17 years combating human trafficking internationally and across the U.S. Prior to joining Polaris, Catherine led the Human Trafficking and Labor Migration team at Humanity United, building an extensive program to address the trafficking and exploitation of South Asian migrant workers. She also created the Partnership for Freedom, a multi-million dollar public-private partnership launched by President Barack Obama to spur innovation in combating human trafficking.
Catherine comes to Polaris after 7 years as Director of Investments at HU, and more than a decade building anti-trafficking programs across Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and the U.S. Prior to joining HU, she led a U.S. Department of Justice program to train and build capacity of anti-trafficking task forces across the US to better identify and assist human trafficking victims. Before that, she spent several years as the Anti-Trafficking and Child Protection Advisor for Save the Children, including two years working in Indonesia following the Indian Ocean tsunami to prevent child sex trafficking and exploitation of migrant domestic workers.
She has a masters degree in public health from Columbia University with a focus on forced migration, and a bachelor's degree in human biology from Stanford University.