Katherine Chon

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Katherine Chon
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationSc.B. in Psychology
Alma materBrown University, Harvard Kennedy School
Occupation(s)social activist, entrepreneur
Known forCo-founder of Polaris Project, anti-slavery activism
TitleSenior Advisor in Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Katherine Chon is the co-founder of Polaris Project in the United States.[1] She started the organization immediately upon graduation with fellow Brown University student Derek Ellerman in 2002 after learning about the problem of human trafficking during her undergraduate studies. She has testified before Congress concerning the scope of human trafficking[citation needed]and has won numerous awards for her work in the field.[2] She is currently a Senior Advisor in Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Founding of Polaris Project[edit]

Polaris Project is a leading organization in the United States combating all forms of human trafficking and serving both U.S. citizens and foreign national victims, men, women, and children, combatting both labor and sex trafficking. The organization uses a holistic strategy, using experience gained through working with survivors to guide the creation of long-term solutions. The organization supports stronger laws, operates the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-373-7888), provides trainings on recognizing and combatting human trafficking and provides direct services to survivors of human trafficking in Washington, D.C. and Newark, New Jersey.[3] They provide services to clients who have survived human trafficking in the Washington, DC and Newark, NJ areas.[4]

Educational background[edit]



  1. ^ America.gov Katherine Chon and Derek Ellerman: Fighting Human Trafficking Archived 2012-10-20 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 2010–06–14
  2. ^ "Against Their Will" Brown Alumni Magazine
  3. ^ ""Polaris Project's What We Do Page"". Archived from the original on 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  4. ^ Harvard Gazette Accessed 2013–03–05
  5. ^ Do Something Archived 2013-03-08 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 2013–03–05
  6. ^ Harlequin More Than Words Accessed 2013–03–05
  7. ^ ABCNews: People's Voice Award
  8. ^ Woman's Day Magazine Accessed 2013–03–05
  9. ^ Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center Archived 2013-01-10 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 2013–03–05