Staying Safe: New Resource Helps LGBTQ Youth Protect Themselves from Human Trafficking

November 16, 2016

We can’t just depend on law enforcement, service providers, or concerned citizens to intervene in a potential trafficking situation. We have to equip individuals with the tools to recognize and respond to trafficking within their own communities.

A Call to Action on Runaway Youth in Your Community

October 25, 2016

As the streets chill this November, we at Polaris recognize National Runaway Prevention Month. According to the National Runaway Safeline, between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away from home each year.

This Pride Month, Let’s Come Together to Protect LGBTQ Trafficked Youth

June 17, 2016

As the tragic shooting in Orlando last weekend clearly shows, LGBTQ youth remain one of our nation’s most vulnerable populations.

Empowering Women to Change their Lives

June 7, 2016

According to a report, more than 12,000 people throughout the Washington D.C. region are currently homeless. Our homeless population need services, not stigma.

Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act: One Year Later

May 25, 2016

This Sunday, May 29, marks the one-year anniversary of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) becoming law. This legislation made some important steps forward in the fight to end modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors.

How Your Community Can Stop the Trafficking of Homeless LGBTQ Youth

May 6, 2016

A lack of safe housing is a leading risk factor for sex trafficking. LGBTQ youth can be at an increased risk because they may face unique circumstances that lead to homelessness.

The Average Age of Entry Myth

January 5, 2016

Many people use one statistic to bring attention to child sex trafficking—but the statistic itself might not be true.

Survivor Story: Promised an Education, Forced to Work Instead

June 17, 2015

Thirteen year old Natalia was told by her parents she was moving to the U.S. with family friends who would allow her to receive an education and learn English. 

Survivor Story: From Foster Care to Sex Trafficking

March 17, 2015

After running away from her foster family at 14, Keisha met an older man who offered to help her find her biological family. Then he forced her into commercial sex to repay him.

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