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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.

Larsen Farms Should Make Agriculture Businesses Look in the Mirror

October 9, 2020
The case of Larsen Farms in Texas is only one example of how the H-2A visa system is badly broken. Farms owners should be held accountable for what happens under their watch.

Separating Fact From Fiction: Recent Cases of Recovered Missing Children and What They Show About Child Sex Trafficking

September 24, 2020
Not all the missing children recovered in recent high profile U.S. Marshals operations were victims of human trafficking. But what we know about those operations reconfirms what we know about how sex trafficking happens in the vast majority of situations.

What We Know About How Child Sex Trafficking Happens

August 28, 2020
When most people think about child sex trafficking they think of stories involving kidnapping, windowless vans, and chains. However, focusing on these rarer examples may cause us to miss out on the realities of how trafficking typically happens.

Polaris CTO Testifies on the Role of Technology in Countering Trafficking in Persons

August 6, 2020
Technology plays a role in almost every aspect of human trafficking. Polaris's Chief Technology Officer explored this issue before the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Why an Increase in Victims and Survivors Contacting the Trafficking Hotline is Meaningful

August 4, 2020
The U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline saw a nearly 20 percent increase in victims and survivors directly reaching out for support. This indicates a significant development for both the Trafficking Hotline and the anti-trafficking field as a whole.

Racial Disparities, COVID-19, and Human Trafficking

July 29, 2020
The pandemic is greatly impacting Latinos and Black people in the United States as the result of systemic inequities in our society. Those inequities are the same ones that create the vulnerabilities that traffickers often take advantage of.

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