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Steve McQueen

Polaris Ambassador

Director, 12 Years a Slave

As a Polaris Ambassador, McQueen will work alongside us as an advocate against human trafficking, raising awareness that this is a modern-day problem that requires greater resources and action. Read our press release here.

"I am deeply honored to accept my role as an ambassador for Polaris. This is an organization that I truly believe is vital in fighting slavery today. From my first encounter with them, I was very impressed by their courage, determination and hard work.” –Steve McQueen

Academy Award Nominee Steve McQueen CBE is a British filmmaker and artist. His films include Hunger, Shame and 12 Years a Slave. McQueen’s third feature-length film based on the 1863 memoir of Solomon Northup, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Solomon Northup), Michael Fassbender (Epps), Lupita Nyong’o (Patsy) and Brad Pitt (Bass).

McQueen’s portrayal of Northup’s incredible road to freedom has received outstanding critical acclaim and accolades including ten BAFTA nominations, nine Academy Award nominations and seven Golden Globe nominations. 12 Years a Slave was awarded Best Picture (Drama) at the Golden Globes and Best Picture at the Broadcast Critics Choice Awards and BAFTA amongst many others.

A recipient of the Turner Prize, McQueen's work is held in museum collections around the world. In 2003, he was appointed as the Official War Artist for the Iraq War Museum and in 2011 he was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Year's Honors List for his services to Visual Arts.

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The Guardian | This Year a Slave: 3 out of every 1,000 humans are still trafficked. Let's fix that.

March 05, 2014

Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris Project, a US-based organization that fights against human trafficking and modern slavery, said what needs to be said in a recent op-ed for CNN: "Slavery may no longer be legal or accepted. Slavery may no longer be as brutal, as visible, or as blatant.

Polaris Project Congratulates 12 Years a Slave on Oscar Wins

March 02, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Polaris Project, a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern slavery, congratulated the cast, crew, and filmmakers of 12 Years a Slave on receiving three Oscars tonight at the 86thAcademy Awards tonight, inc

Steve McQueen Named Polaris Project Ambassador

February 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Polaris Project, a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern slavery, announced today that 12 Years a Slave Director Steve McQueen has been named an ambassador for the non-profit.