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Trafficking vs. Smuggling: Understanding the Difference

May 25, 2021
A spike in the number of migrants attempting to cross into the United States from Mexico this spring has led to concerns about a surge in sex trafficking and claims that lax border enforcement is making trafficking easier. Let's lay out the facts.

Reducing Vulnerabilities to Human Trafficking with the Equality Act

May 7, 2021
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.

The National Survivor Study: Harnessing the Power of Survivors to Shed Light on Trafficking

March 16, 2021
The National Survivor Study, an innovative and scientifically rigorous new project, will be designed from start to finish in close collaboration with survivors, who are the experts in their own experiences.

Impact of the Global Modern Slavery Directory in 2020

March 8, 2021
In 2020, hits to the Global Modern Slavery Directory hit a record high, increasing 67% from 2019 as survivors, potential victims, service providers, and community members sought resources globally.

Love and Trafficking: How Traffickers Groom & Control Their Victims

February 11, 2021
From the outside, it’s easy to tell ourselves we would never have been lured in by a trafficker who pretended to love us. But grooming - a methodical process of emotional manipulation - is time-tested and devastatingly effective. Learn more about how it works so you can spot it and protect yourself and those you care about.

Finding Solutions and Solidarity

February 5, 2021
There are many things the anti trafficking community does not agree on, and some very deep and very real divisions that make it hard to work together at times. We believe there are also real opportunities to work together toward things that will meaningfully improve people’s lives.

Human Trafficking Does Not Happen in a Vacuum

January 11, 2021
This January, Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Polaris and United Way are reflecting on compounding issues that are impacting human trafficking.

Happy 20th Anniversary Trafficking Victims Protection Act

October 28, 2020
October 28th marks 20 years since the first Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) was signed into law establishing the crime of human trafficking in the United States and forming the baseline for where the movement head.

Lessons Learned about Trafficking 40 Years Later: A Survivor’s Perspective

October 16, 2020
Survivor Cheri Crider describes her story of resilience. She emphasizes that people need to better understand the complexities of how trafficking works and how certain systems exacerbate the crime.

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