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The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention & Protection Reauthorization Act (H.R. 5856)

The most consequential federal law on human trafficking is the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), originally passed in 2000 and reauthorized several times since. This reauthorization bill keeps supporting the spirit of the first and subsequent reauthorizations with the framework of the “three Ps:” protection, prosecution, and prevention, but most specifically it reauthorizes important resources for anti-trafficking programs internationally, vital programs at the US Agency for International Development, and much-needed funding to operate The National Human Trafficking Hotline. Contact your Representative and ask them to support H.R. 5856.

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Listen to Survivors: Protect the National Human Trafficking Hotline

Introduced this year, the National Human Trafficking Hotline Enhancement Act (H.R. 2601) would require the operator of the Trafficking Hotline to turn over information shared by the public to state and local law enforcement on demand, regardless of whether or not an adult trafficking victim consents to the involvement of law enforcement. Victims of human trafficking must be able to control when to involve law enforcement in their trafficking situations. This bill will compromise victims’ safety and put their lives at risk — and cause them to stop contacting the Trafficking Hotline altogether. Contact your Representative, and ask them to oppose H.R. 2601.

Protect the Trafficking Hotline

Increase Funding for Worker Protection Agencies

Chronic underfunding of the federal agency charged with protecting workers means labor traffickers are able to operate with impunity because they are pretty sure no one is watching.  That has to change. The U.S. Department of Labor must have the resources to hire, train and deploy inspectors who visit job sites and make sure workers are being treated fairly.

Strengthen Worker Protections

Help Disrupt Human Trafficking Networks

It is too easy for criminal networks to hide their true identity when setting up illicit companies. Attorneys, accountants, and others that work for these companies are currently exempt from having to ensure their clients are operating within the law. Congress has the power to close this loophole by passing the bipartisan ENABLERS Act and help ensure they are not enabling human trafficking.

Disrupt Criminal Networks

Federal Criminal Records Relief for Survivors

By its very definition, the crime of human trafficking involves being forced, manipulated or tricked into activities that a person would not otherwise engage in - such as selling sex or picking vegetables for hours in the hot sun with no pay. Yet the federal government has no mechanism to ensure that people who have federal criminal charges on their records as a result of their victimization can get those records cleared. Tell Congress: Federal criminalized trafficking victims deserve relief.

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Protect Essential Foreign Workers From Labor Trafficking

The Administration can and must lead the way toward fixing the broken system that allows for – even encourages – labor trafficking of workers who are in this country on temporary visas. There are several steps in that direction that the White House and agencies can take immediately and others in which congressional action is necessary. The solutions are clear and the time is now.

Protect Workers

Raise Awareness About Trafficking and Grooming

Understanding the realities of how love is often used as a weapon in situations of human trafficking is critical to preventing it. Learn more about the grooming process and what love doesn’t look like. Share our videos and graphics on social media to expand awareness of what human trafficking really looks like — directly from the experiences of survivors.

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Help End Legalized Human Trafficking in U.S. Prisons

Most people assume that the 13th amendment entirely abolished legal slavery in the United States. But there is an exception: Prison labor. Unscrupulous corporations and governments looking to plug holes in their budgets have used this exception to turn a profit. This is trafficking, and it is not what the framers intended. 

End Legalized Slavery

Expand Legal Protections to LGBTQ+ People

LGBTQ+ people are particularly vulnerable to human traffickers in part because bias and discrimination in things like jobs and housing gives traffickers an opening to step in. The Equality Act would make such discrimination illegal under federal law.

Expand Protections

Support Tax Exemptions for Survivors

Survivors should not have to pay federal taxes on money they win by facing down their traffickers in court. Contact your Representatives and ask them to support the bipartisan Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief Act.

Support Survivors

Pledge to Be THAT Friend

We all may have encountered relationships, whether our loved ones’ or our own, where we grow concerned about behaviors or realize later on that they were manipulative. Pledge to be THAT friend who learns what love isn’t and trafficking is and chooses to tell the truth.

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Need help? Polaris operates the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline.