Mission and Vision
Polaris is leading a data-driven social justice movement to fight sex and labor trafficking at the massive scale of the problem – 25 million people worldwide deprived of the freedom to choose how they live and work. For more than a decade, Polaris has assisted thousands of victims and survivors through the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline, helped ensure countless traffickers were held accountable and built the largest known U.S. data set on actual trafficking experiences. With the guidance of survivors, we use that data to improve the way trafficking is identified, how victims and survivors are assisted, and how communities, businesses and governments can prevent human trafficking by transforming the underlying inequities and oppressions that make it possible.
Our leaders represent a broad array of diverse experience as well as a deep expertise in all forms of human trafficking.
Every aspect of our work is shaped by our organizational values including our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
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.