Mission and Vision
Named after the North Star, an historical symbol of freedom, Polaris is leading a survivor-centered, justice- and equity-driven movement to end human trafficking. Since 2007, Polaris has operated the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline, connecting victims and survivors to support and services, and helping communities hold traffickers accountable. Through that work, Polaris has built the largest known dataset on human trafficking in North America. The data and expertise gained from two decades of working on trafficking situations in real time informs strategies that hold traffickers accountable, support survivors on their healing journeys and address the vulnerabilities that enable the business of stealing freedom for profit.
We are fighting to create a more just and equitable society where no one is trafficked.
We’ve reached many milestones in over two decades of work, from achieving programmatic results to activating partners & communities.
Our leaders represent a broad array of diverse experience as well as a deep expertise in all forms of human trafficking.
In 2017, Polaris won the prestigious Skoll Award for Entrepreneurship, given to transformative leaders whose organizations disrupt the status quo, drive sustainable large-scale change, and are poised to create even greater impact on the world.
For our work using CLEAR to map illicit massage businesses throughout the United States, Polaris was honored to win the Everyday Heroes Award from Thomson Reuters.
The Ohtli Award is given by the Mexican government to friends of Mexico that have excelled at promoting the prosperity and empowerment of Mexican communities in the United States through their professional activities.