Press Releases

ATEST Statement on Executive Order on “Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking”

February 14, 2017

The following statement is from the Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking (ATEST), a U.S.-based coalition that advocates for solutions to prevent and end all forms of hu

Human Trafficking Hotline Cases Jump by 35% in 2016

January 31, 2017

Together, the Polaris-operated hotlines handled a record 8,042 cases of human trafficking in 2016, bringing the total number of reported cases since 2007 to 33,680.

Polaris Statement on Backpage.com

January 10, 2017

Polaris issued a statement tonight as Backpage.com, a long-time facilitator of sex trafficking in the United States, shut down the “adult” section of its website.

Authorization for End Modern Slavery Initiative Passes in NDAA

December 08, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 8, 2016) – Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors, issued the following statement today after the U.S.

Bill to Clear Human Trafficking Survivor Criminal Records Introduced

September 29, 2016

Polaris hailed legislation, The Trafficking Survivors Relief Act of 2016, introduced to help survivors of human trafficking clear their criminal records of non-violent crimes they were forced to commit during their exploitation.

Sex Trafficking of Latinas Flourishes in U.S. Cantinas and Bars

September 08, 2016

Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors, released a report today shedding light on an underground sex economy that is operating out of U.S.-based cantinas and bars and is exploiting young women and girls from Latin America.