Survivor Engagement Advisor, Polaris
Lara Powers has been on the forefront of domestic anti-trafficking efforts for over six years, working on survivor leadership and empowerment issues, national human trafficking hotline development and management, statewide anti-trafficking response, data management and analytics, monitoring and evaluation, policy advocacy, and trauma-informed care. She currently works in a consultant capacity as the Survivor Engagement Advisor at Polaris, where she uses her connections within the survivor community to systemically incorporate diverse survivor input across all of the organization’s programs.
In addition, she serves as the Regional Director of the Survivor Alliance Capacity Building Initiative, which aims to integrate local survivor leadership infrastructures into the anti-trafficking responses of three US cities through survivor community organizing strategies and the creation of a survivor leadership development program.
Previously, Lara was the US National Human Trafficking Hotline Manager at Polaris, where she oversaw hotline case quality and response; protocol and policy development; outcomes and impact management; and staff training, wellness, and professional development.
Lara holds a Master of Arts degree in International Development from the American University’s School of International Service, with a concentration in human trafficking and gender-based violence.