Policy Priorities

  • Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act
    A critical way to combat human trafficking is to invest in services that prevent the crime before it occurs. Runaway and homeless youth, especially LGBT youth, are one of this nation’s most vulnerable populations to human trafficking. Congress must continue the essential services provided under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to ensure that all youth have access to housing and other critical services they need. We urge Congress to make passing the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act a top priority.
     

  • Supply Chain Transparency
    The U.S. is the largest importer in the world, giving us a unique position to demand that companies effectively root out trafficking in their supply chains and ensure fair, humane conditions for workers. The Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015 (H.R. 3226 and S.1968) would require companies to disclose the measures they're taking to address forced labor and human trafficking within their supply chains and empower everyday consumers to make informed decisions about the companies they choose to support. Sign our petition to Congress here.
     

  • Prioritizing the Strategic Action Plan
    The Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States 2013-2017, is a collaborative effort to align federal agency efforts to assist all victims of human trafficking. As a living document, Polaris advocates to key federal agencies to expand and strengthen holistic and comprehensive care for victims of human trafficking. We also strive to ensure that agencies collaborate effectively, that federal resources are allocated fairly and anti-trafficking activities are non-duplicative.   
     

  • Appropriations FY 17 requests:
    In partnership with the ATEST Coalition, Polaris provides critical and concrete recommendations to Congress to ensure that federal funding effectively enables service providers to assist victims, law enforcement to prosecute traffickers, and develops a whole-of-government approach to prevent human trafficking.
    Read our recommendations here.  

 

KEY COALITIONS

Polaris works closely on these priorities with the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) -- a U.S. based coalition that advocates for solutions to prevent and end all forms of human trafficking and modern slavery around the world. ATEST is made up of 14 human rights organizations that work to find lasting solutions to prevent labor and sex trafficking, hold perpetrators accountable, ensure justice for victims and empower survivors with tools for recovery. The collective experience implementing programs at home and abroad provides ATEST with an unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise.

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