Labor Trafficking

2020 Trafficking in Persons Report Recommendations

Blog Post — June 29, 2020
The 2020 Trafficking in Persons is primarily a tool of diplomacy, used to help engage foreign governments in efforts to make positive changes that protect vulnerable people and end exploitation. But it is also a good jumping off point for the United States to do some much needed self-examination. 

Labor Trafficking Red Flags in Latest Work Visa Program Changes

Blog Post — June 23, 2020
During COVID-19, temporary changes in regulations to work visas, like H-2A and H-2B, benefit employers but put workers at greater risk of human trafficking and exploitation. Lack of oversight and lack of clear access to crucial information for workers increases the imbalance of power, favoring employers.

Alerta de trata laboral en los últimos cambios en visas temporales de trabajo

Blog Post — June 23, 2020
Los cambios en los protocolos de visas temporales de trabajo debido al COVID-19 crean más desbalances de poder y ponen a los trabajadores en riesgo de trata laboral.

Trafficking Is Also Hidden in Our Favorite Restaurant’s Kitchen

Blog Post — May 1, 2020
Some workers in the restaurant industry are now more isolated than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This makes them even more vulnerable to human trafficking.

La trata también está escondida en la cocina de nuestro restaurante favorito

Blog Post — May 1, 2020
Algunos trabajadores de la industria de restaurantes ahora están más aislados que nunca debido a la pandemia de COVID-19. Esto los hace aún más vulnerables a la trata de personas.

The Latino Face of Human Trafficking and Exploitation in the United States

Resource — April 24, 2020
This report analyzes data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline and exposes the types of trafficking in which populations from Latin American and the Caribbean are victimized in the United States.

COVID-19 Exposes Flaws in the H-2A Visa System

Blog Post — April 15, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has exposed systemic abuses that immigrant workers under the H-2A program suffer every year. Any protection aimed to help the agricultural sector should include these essential workers.

Domestic Workers Face Economic Devastation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Blog Post — April 14, 2020
As much of the country has begun working at home for some unknown period of time, the very people we trust to care for those homes, and for our loved ones, are facing economic devastation.

COVID-19 May Increase Human Trafficking in Vulnerable Communities

Blog Post — April 7, 2020
Communities more vulnerable to violence, abuse, and exploitation in the wake of this massive, worldwide economic and social disruption may be at increased risk of human trafficking.

Immigrant Workers Have Never Been More Important to Our Wellbeing

Blog Post — March 27, 2020
US response to the COVID-19 may potentially harm farmworkers under the H-2A visa program, but their labor is needed to keep food on Americans’ tables.

The Effect of COVID-19 on Human Trafficking

Blog Post — March 24, 2020
While we can’t know for certain the effect COVID-19 has on human trafficking, we are worried the economic effects of this virus will increase vulnerabilities that make people susceptible to trafficking in the first place.

Bidirectional Communication Pilot Project in the Agricultural Sector of San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Resource — January 15, 2020
Workers in Mexico’s agricultural sector disproportionately come from poor and marginalized communities and are extremely vulnerable to labor trafficking.

Need help? Polaris operates the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline.