Authorization for End Modern Slavery Initiative Passes in NDAA
Senator Corker leads effort for $37.5 million annually to fight human trafficking worldwide, adding critical funding
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. Senate joined the House in passing the funding authorization for the End Modern Slavery Initiative as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017. The provision authorizes $37.5 million annually through fiscal year 2020 for the U.S. Department of State to support global efforts to combat the $150 billion a year criminal industry of human trafficking. The bipartisan effort was part of early legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and cosponsored by 39 additional senators from both sides of the aisle.
Keeli Sorensen, Polaris's Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, said:
“We are thrilled Congress passed this bipartisan legislation to provide critical resources to the underfunded fight against human trafficking. By authorizing these additional funds, the United States is sending a strong message to other governments to step up their own efforts. Too often, severe gaps in services and a lack of governmental commitment to seriously address these crimes let trafficking networks operate unimpeded across the globe. By leveraging these new funds, we can better dismantle trafficking networks and help survivors rebuild their lives. We applaud the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for their commitment to the fight against modern slavery and, in particular, Senator Corker for championing this legislation.”
People can receive help or report a tip of suspected human trafficking in the United States by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or by sending a text to Polaris at “BeFree” (233733).
Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris acts as a catalyst to systemically disrupt the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. By working with government leaders, the world's leading technology corporations, and local partners, Polaris equips communities to identify, report, and prevent human trafficking. Our comprehensive model puts victims at the center of what we do – helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate. Learn more at www.polarisproject.org.