SIFS, Intelligence Analyst
Washington, DC Strategic Initiative Financial Intelligence Unit
Job Type

Position: Intelligence Analyst

Department: Strategic Initiatives - Financial Systems / Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU)

FLSA Status: Full time, Exempt

Reports to: Strategic Initiatives on Financial Systems, Director

Direct reports: None

Location: Washington, DC 

Date Issued: August 2022

About Mission

Polaris is leading a data-driven social justice movement to fight sex and labor trafficking at the massive scale of the problem - 25 million people worldwide deprived of the freedom to choose how they live and work.

For more than a decade, Polaris has assisted thousands of victims and survivors through the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline, helped ensure countless traffickers were held accountable, and built the largest known U.S. data set on actual trafficking experiences. With the guidance of survivors, we use that data to improve the way trafficking is identified, how victims and survivors are assisted, and how communities, businesses and governments can prevent human trafficking by transforming the underlying inequities and oppressions that make it possible.

About Opportunity

The Polaris Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), a partnership with PayPal, leverages the reach, expertise, and motivation of the global financial sector to identify trafficking operations through their financial footprints, support criminal cases that mitigate the burden placed on victims to participate, and facilitate the financial restitution process — ultimately decreasing the profitability of trafficking while increasing accountability for the traffickers. To do this, the FIU generates new insights through a combination of in-house research and collaborative efforts with the financial services industry, survivors, law enforcement, and others in the anti-trafficking field. This initiative also works to bolster the financial resiliency of vulnerable populations and trafficking survivors through financial inclusion initiatives and advocates for responsible financing practices to incentivize businesses to implement strong worker protections. 

The Intelligence Analyst will utilize diverse research and investigation methods to generate actionable insights and intelligence for the financial crimes community. This individual should have experience conducting open source intelligence investigations and be familiar with emerging methods and relevant data sources.



  • Develop and implement research projects using a variety of qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques in order to identify patterns and trends associated with the financial footprint of human trafficking and synthesize findings into a variety of written products including fact sheets, in depth reports, trainings, and case studies for the financial crimes community;
  • Conduct open-source investigations of specific entities suspected of involvement in human trafficking and document findings in written intelligence packages meeting established standards;
  • Assist in managing, developing, and refining data collection and analysis tools and systems;
  • Participate in collaborations with a range of internal and external stakeholders including survivor leaders and partners within financial institutions, government agencies, and non-government organizations;
  • Commitment to the National Human Trafficking Hotline mission and Polaris values ; and
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


This job description provides a summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by individuals in this position. Incumbents may be asked to perform other tasks not specifically written in this job.


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of four years of professional experience or equivalent combination of education and experience in human trafficking or related issue, data systems, intelligence analysis, qualitative of quantitative research or related field;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in open-source research;
  • Creative thinker with proven ability to innovate within resource limitations and excellent problem-solving skills;
  • Discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information;
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of audiences including stakeholders within financial institutions, data and technology companies, government agencies, law enforcement, and non-governmental organizations verbally and in writing
  • Proficiency in and willingness to learn new and diverse technologies such as Palantir, Salesforce, and blockchain analysis tools; and
  • Proven ability to deliver results, a natural self-starter who is comfortable working independently and as part of a team.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with anti-money laundering systems and the financial indicators of human trafficking.



  • Internal: Ability to communicate with supervisors and peers;
  • External: Ability to respond quickly and calmly in alarming situations. Frequent contact with law enforcement, service providers, and government agencies.

Working Conditions: 

  • Typical office setting

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged sitting, chiefly at a computer terminal; 
  • Occasional bending, stooping and stretching; 
  • Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer, telephone, calculator, and other office equipment; 
  • Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate in writing, in person and by phone; 
  • Requires occasional lifting up to 25 pounds. 

Salary Description
$56,000 - $72,000