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VAWA Passage is Good News for Anti Trafficking Efforts

April 7, 2022
It's finally a crime for federal law enforcement officers to engage in sexual contact with anyone in their custody thanks to the recent reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Human Trafficking on Euphoria and the Importance of Accurate Storytelling

March 24, 2022
Accurate and realistic narratives about human trafficking in TV shows and movies can have a significant impact on how many understand the issue and if victims and survivors are able to recognize their own experiences. In just a few scenes, the writers of the popular HBO series Euphoria managed to get a lot right about how human trafficking works. This is the kind of nuanced storytelling we are hoping our new guide for content creators will help spread.

Essential Resources for People Affected by Conflict in Ukraine and Afghanistan

March 21, 2022
War, displacement, and poverty create the perfect environment for human traffickers to operate in. Here's a resource guide for victims and survivors.

Polaris CEO Named to Homeland Security Advisory Council

March 17, 2022
There is so much more to be done to protect immigrant victims of human trafficking and reform a system that puts too many people at risk for abuse. With a seat at the table, the anti trafficking field can help guide and inform public policy choices that can dramatically improve how this country supports immigrant victims of trafficking and keeps vulnerable people safe.

Preventing Sex Trafficking By Creating Community

February 28, 2022
Establishing a community center in San Diego that provides a safe space to meet the needs of young Black, LGBTQ+ people would make a significant dent in the likelihood that they would fall prey to sex traffickers.

Love & Trafficking: Being THAT Friend

February 8, 2022
In the hands of human traffickers, love is one of the most powerful weapons. That's why it is important to be THAT friend - the one who understands the difference between love and trafficking and has hard conversations with loved ones you are concerned about when necessary.

Learning from the Experts: An Update on the National Survivor Study

January 27, 2022
Survivors of sex and labor trafficking are the real experts in the anti-trafficking movement. That’s why Polaris’s National Survivor Study (NSS) intentionally flips the traditional dynamics of research projects done on a community and instead aims to work with survivors as true partners. Polaris is already seeing the benefits. Although the NSS is still underway, … Continued

Awareness vs. Understanding of Human Trafficking

January 6, 2022
Twenty years ago human trafficking had only officially been a crime in this country for about a year. Building awareness was an urgent undertaking. Today, we see a new urgency around awareness - the need to move past the myths and stereotypes toward a deeper understanding of how human trafficking actually happens.

New Legislation Provides Survivors with a Path to Financial Freedom

January 4, 2022
The Debt Bondage Repair Act creates a process through which survivors can provide information and have adverse credit information resulting from their trafficking experience removed from their credit report.

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