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Catherine Chen is the CEO of Polaris, the leading anti-trafficking organization in the United States. She has spent two decades building innovative social justice programs and pushing for policy change to address the root causes of sex and labor trafficking.
Before joining Polaris, she led the Human Trafficking and Labor Migration team at Humanity United where she spearheaded a global campaign to raise the plight of migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. As a result, Qatar is the first Gulf country with a national minimum wage law. She also created the Partnership for Freedom, a national competition to spur innovation in anti-trafficking efforts, launched by President Barack Obama.
Earlier in her career, she served as the inaugural global Anti-Trafficking and Child Protection Advisor for Save the Children, working across 17 countries to address child exploitation and led a nationwide training and technical assistance program for U.S. Department of Justice anti-trafficking task forces.
In 2022, Catherine was appointed to the Homeland Security Advisory Council by Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. She is a Board member of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) and a founding member of Chief, a national network of 15,000 women executives. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University.