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Progress on Criminal Record Relief for Trafficking Survivors

August 12, 2019

In the months since Polaris released report cards that analyzed and ranked state laws offering criminal records relief for survivors of human trafficking, two states have passed significant improvements and several others have made major steps forward. 

Human Trafficking Cases Jump by 25% in 2018

July 30, 2019

As we mark another World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, it is important to note that in reality, every day is a day in which we must focus and fight this growing, worldwide phenomenon. 

Strengthening the Child Sex Trafficking Safety Net in Texas

July 25, 2019

It has been almost a year since the state of Texas teamed up with the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline to ensure the most robust possible response to child sex trafficking in the Lone Star State and, by all possible measures, this unique partnership is already making a difference in the lives of children and families. 

Human Trafficking at Home

July 23, 2019

A new report, a joint project of Polaris and the National Domestic Workers Alliance, is an attempt to put legal and societal recommendations forward by compiling and sharing qualitative and quantitative information about the realities of life for domestic workers.

Rebuilding Basic Worker Protections: A Step Toward Ending Labor Trafficking

July 15, 2019

If you’ve ever enjoyed a good time at a traveling summer carnival or fair, dined on exquisite Maryland crab legs, or perhaps appreciated the aesthetic beauty of suburban landscapes, there is a high chance you have interacted with - or been the beneficiary of - a migrant worker on an H-2B visa.

Acceptance and Love is Needed for LGBTQ+ Youth

June 28, 2019

June is Pride Month in the United States - a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and recognize those who fought for equal rights for gender and sexual minorities. It is important to remember that legal rights only go so far, but for many people, particularly children, and young people, the social consequences of identifying as LGBTQ+, are still devastating. 

Guest Blog: Combating the Scourge of Sea Slavery

June 17, 2019

In partnership with investigative journalist Ian Urbina, we are highlighting a unique form of modern slavery that exists on the high seas. Ian has been reporting for five years on lawlessness at sea in many facets, much of which has revolved around sea slavery.

Strike Out Slavery with MLB

May 29, 2019

We're joining with Major League Baseball for the 2019 season to bring awareness about sex and labor trafficking to baseball fans in stadiums from coast to coast.

Trafficking at Home: A Recent Texas Case Shows Gaping Holes in Response and Protections for Domestic Workers at Risk

April 30, 2019

The son of the president of Guinea and his wife were recently sentenced to seven years in prison for labor trafficking. The facts of the case are profoundly disturbing, but they are not in any way surprising.

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