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As the Polaris Data Coordinator, Sara Crowe is responsible for the data collection, management, standards, and accuracy of data collected by Polaris programs including the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, the Polaris BeFree Texting Helpline, and Polaris's direct social services programs. Together, these data sets constitute one of the largest databases of human trafficking information in the United States. Sara also manages the production of Polaris and NHTRC's aggregate data products and has written several extensive reports on human trafficking trends. Additionally, Sara provides technical assistance to other anti-trafficking groups both within the United States and around the world, in order to improve their data systems and standards. Sara joined Polaris in January 2011 and has also served as an NHTRC Call Specialist and a Regional Specialist for the Northwestern and Midwestern region of the United States.
Prior to joining Polaris, Sara received a Master's Degree in Conflict Resolution with a focus on U.S. foreign policy in Middle Eastern conflict zones from Georgetown University. Sara previously worked on the Iraq desk at the Department of State where she monitored Iraqi political affairs and assisted in the creation of policy papers concerning U.S.-Iraqi relations. Additionally, Sara assisted in the research and writing of reports for the Middle East and North Africa Program of the International Crisis Group. Sara holds a B.A. in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from Wake Forest University.