Rochelle is the Director of the Disruption Strategies at Polaris, a department focused on developing and implementing strategies to disrupt specific types of trafficking in the United States. She sets the department’s strategic direction, grounded in a deep understanding of stakeholder needs. Rochelle’s work includes recruiting and catalyzing robust collaborative networks of law enforcement, local and national agencies, service providers, legislators, and community activists. Her team analyzes national trends and best practices, creating datasets, resources and tools to help facilitate the effective and systemic eradication of human trafficking, type by type.
Before joining Polaris, Rochelle spent six years as a prosecutor of gender-based violence crimes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she is bar certified to practice law. As an Assistant District Attorney Rochelle championed the need for increased investigation and prosecution of human trafficking in Philadelphia, successfully prosecuting the first two trials herself. Her approach to prosecution involves a perpetrator-focused process that centers the victims, limiting added trauma while maximizing survivor empowerment. During her time in Philadelphia, Rochelle also ran the non-profit Feminist Public Works. Her non-profit work on gender-based violence emphasized systemic approaches toward sustainable culture shifts to end gender-based violence and insecurity.