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COVID-19 May Increase Human Trafficking in Vulnerable Communities

April 7, 2020
Communities more vulnerable to violence, abuse, and exploitation in the wake of this massive, worldwide economic and social disruption may be at increased risk of human trafficking.

Essential Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 30, 2020
We know that many survivors of human trafficking and others may have questions about how to access essential services during this time. Here is a set of resources that might help.

Immigrant Workers Have Never Been More Important to Our Wellbeing

March 27, 2020
US response to the COVID-19 may potentially harm farmworkers under the H-2A visa program, but their labor is needed to keep food on Americans’ tables.

The Effect of COVID-19 on Human Trafficking

March 24, 2020
While we can’t know for certain the effect COVID-19 has on human trafficking, we are worried the economic effects of this virus will increase vulnerabilities that make people susceptible to trafficking in the first place.

Launch of the Polaris Financial Intelligence Unit

February 18, 2020
The Financial Intelligence Unit will equip financial services with tools to better understand how traffickers use banks, credit cards, payment processors and the like.

Positive Steps Toward Protecting House Cleaners, Nannies, and Other Domestic Workers

November 13, 2019
Nannies, housecleaners and health aides toil in private homes, behind closed doors, usually without onsite co-workers, and virtually without labor protections. All that makes them extremely vulnerable to labor trafficking. But two recent developments will go a long way toward helping keep this workforce safer in certain cities.

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. 

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