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.
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.
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.
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.