Keeli Sorensen is the Director of Government Relations and Public Policy. Ms. Sorensen previously served as Polaris's Director of National Programs, providing guidance and support to Polaris’s U.S. program directors as well as developing strategic partnerships ensuring that the organization engaged thoughtfully in movement-wide efforts. With more than ten years of experience assisting exploited and trafficked populations, Ms. Sorensen leads Polaris's federal policy engagement efforts. She is responsible for developing partnerships with national coalitions and setting the agencies policy agenda to ensure that the laws and practices of the United States government effectively combats human trafficking and provides effective redress to victims of the crime.
Prior to joining Polaris, Ms. Sorensen served as the Director of Training and Advocacy for Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program in New York City where she developed the program’s U.S. policy agenda and managed training and outreach activities for key stakeholders and partners. Ms. Sorensen has been an active member of several anti-trafficking networks including the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), the New York Anti-Trafficking Network (NYATN), and the Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women (GAATW). From 2012-2013, Ms. Sorensen served as the Policy Co-Chair of the national anti-trafficking coalition the Freedom Network, where she helped oversee the coalition’s policy agenda.
Before working with Safe Horizon, Ms. Sorensen worked internationally to assist survivors of human trafficking and violence at Save the Children, UK, Amnesty International, and the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees. Among her accomplishments were the creation of a pilot project to reintegrate girls associated with the armed forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and leading research on a the sexual exploitation of children in Cote d’Ivoire and Haiti.
Not a Labor of Love: Modern-Day Slavery and Labor Trafficking