Tessa Couture is a Data Analyst with Polaris, where she analyzes data from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHRTC) hotline and the BeFree Textline operated by Polaris. Polaris uses data to find out where and how traffickers operate so that we can put them out of business, keep them from harming more people, and help survivors find the services they need. Tessa also works to identify external data sources and synthesize these with hotline data in order to build up increasingly accurate and detailed pictures of human trafficking trends and networks across North America. She is the author of Polaris’s new report, “More Than Drinks For Sale: Exposing Sex Trafficking in U.S. Cantinas and Bars,” and of another recent Polaris report, “Knocking at Your Door: Labor Trafficking on Traveling Sales Crews.”
Tessa graduated with a B.A. in English and French from the University of Dallas and an M.S. in Applied Intelligence from Mercyhurst University, where she completed her thesis on the topic of strategic intelligence development on the human trafficking issue in her home state of Maine.