Strategic Initiative Fellow, Mexico Initiative

As part of its mission to eradicate human trafficking, Polaris operates several strategic initiatives targeting specific human trafficking networks. In Mexico, Polaris is building a robust infrastructure of protection and prevention to address all forms of trafficking. Polaris is supporting local efforts to develop an efficient national referral mechanism around the National Helpline Against Human Trafficking, while deepening the local capacity to diagnose the scope and scale of HT in Mexico, especially of labor trafficking. Tactics include increased public awareness, targeted empowerment and prevention efforts, development of a survivor safety net, and identification of key pressure points to accelerate eradication. We are building key alliances through local partnerships in both countries to increase resources and political will to sustain these network disruption strategies.


By leveraging the vast expertise that exists in the field alongside Polaris’ core competencies, our goal is to create systemic change in Mexico for a slavery-proof environment through targeted bilateral policy advocacy, exploring new paths of collaboration with intersecting issues, promoting community-driven leadership, and supporting data collection and sharing initiatives that integrate diverse sources to inform strategic partnerships and investments for our work and the field at large.


The fellow will work hand-in-hand with the team on programmatic and bilingual communications activities ranging from developing and translating content, resources, and materials for diverse audiences to supporting our public awareness campaign and program events.


Please note that all fellowships are unpaid, generally last 10-12 weeks and are located in Washington, DC. 



  • Conduct in-depth research into the relationship between the human trafficking industry and the banking industry in Mexico;
  • Support convenings among stakeholders that strive to improve labor conditions both for workers in Mexico and migrants to the U.S.;
  • Assist in the development, creation and/or translation of key resources, traditional and digital communications content such as reports, press releases, and social media posts for Spanish-speaking audiences;
  • Provide additional project management/administrative support as needed.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English);
  • Strong qualitative research skills;
  • Strong commitment to human rights;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Interest in and understanding of traditional and digital communications for a non-profit organization;
  • Demonstrated experience writing for different audiences and platforms;
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of human trafficking or related human rights or social justice issues;
  • Experience and interest in Spanish/English translation;
  • Interest or knowledge of issues related to Mexico and Latin America, including immigration.


Values Statement

The work of Polaris is grounded in a set of values and organizational beliefs that provide a common starting point for all of our activities. At Polaris, we look for talented individuals who are passionate about combating all forms of human trafficking and who will strive to embody and model these values within the Polaris community and in the anti-trafficking field. Please take a moment to make yourself familiar with these values and our mission statement before submitting your application. You can find a full description of our values here.