Rochelle Keyhan is the Chief Executive Officer of Collective Liberty and the 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation Stop Slavery Hero award winner. She develops and executes the organization’s strategic disruption of specific types of human trafficking. Her team analyzes national trends and best practices, creating comprehensive trainings and resources to help facilitate the effective and systemic eradication of trafficking in the United States. This work guides the Human Trafficking Fusion Center, a project of Collective Liberty, through which she and her team have:
- Trained over 7,000 financial crimes and human trafficking investigators on national best practices for eradicating human trafficking
- Supported over 1,000 successful human trafficking investigations through training, intelligence analysis support, and collaboration on strategy
- Supported improved policy and approaches in hundreds of agencies across 40 US States, and
- Assisted with the improvement of, or passage of new, human-trafficking related laws.
A nationally recognized expert she is regularly called on by national and international news and conferences to share her expertise. She was formerly the Director of Disruption Strategies at Polaris, a department she designed to shift systems to disrupt trafficking in the United States. There she lead the authoring of the nation’s playbook on combatting trafficking in massage parlors, built off of the national field building work she did with investigators and prosecutors across the nation. She is also a contributing author and investigator on the reports: “The Typology of Human Trafficking in the United States”, and “On-Ramps, Intersections, and Exit Routes. A Roadmap for Systems and Industries to Prevent and Disrupt Human Trafficking”. Before joining Polaris, Rochelle spent six years as a prosecutor of gender-based violence crimes in Philadelphia, where she is bar certified to practice law. As an Assistant District Attorney, Rochelle championed the need for increased investigation and prosecution of human trafficking in Philadelphia, successfully prosecuting the first two trials herself.