Sarah Jakiel

Senior Director, Human Rights, Education & Empowerment

Sarah Jakiel, Winrock’s senior director for Human Rights, Education, and Empowerment, is a technical expert, strategist, and manager with more than 15 years of experience countering human trafficking, child and forced labor, and gender-based violence. Her team is focused on developing inclusive social and economic empowerment, education, and development programming in high-risk and marginalized communities. Sarah previously served as chief program officer at Polaris, where she led program design and organization-wide impact strategy focused on reducing slavery in the U.S. While at Polaris, Sarah launched and led the National Human Trafficking Hotline, a critical national resource focused on victim identification, increasing survivors’ access to quality services, and directing key data and intelligence to law enforcement, government, and institutional stakeholders positioned to help. She led targeted capacity building efforts of national hotline hubs in the U.K., Mexico, and Canada, and launched Polaris’ Data Analysis wing to learn more about the scope, size, and systems of modern slavery, helping to design strategic interventions to disrupt human trafficking networks. Sarah has collaborated closely with community partners, international and nongovernmental organizations, funders, technologists, and the private sector to forge effective cross-disciplinary partnerships to fight human trafficking at scale and drive long-term social change. Sarah thrives on improving efficiency, problem solving, and crafting innovative models to tackle the intersectional nature of social equity and justice issues. Sarah is a board member of Love146, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in political science and French, and has a master’s in human rights and social justice from American University. She has lived and worked abroad in both Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.

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