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

Blog Post — 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.

Human Trafficking During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 10, 2020
Polaris tracked the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking. As part of this effort, Polaris has undertaken a systematic examination of relevant data from the Polaris-operated U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline. The data brief includes the findings of this analysis and policy recommendations.

Crisis in Human Trafficking During the Pandemic

Resource — June 10, 2020
This data brief includes analysis of relevant data from the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline to examine the potential impact of COVID-19 pandemic on victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking

The Typology of Modern Slavery: Defining Sex and Labor Trafficking in the United States

Resource — March 1, 2017
From sex trafficking to labor trafficking, the ways humans are exploited differ greatly. Each type has unique strategies for recruiting and controlling victims and concealing the crime.

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

Blog Post — 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

Blog Post — 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.

Empowering Women to Change their Lives

Blog Post — 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.

Sex Trafficking and LGBTQ+ Youth

Resource — May 1, 2016
Sex Trafficking and LGBTQ Youth, made possible by the support of the Palette Fund, provides an introduction to sex trafficking for LGBTQ+ youth providers and others.

Senate Passes Bipartisan Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors, issued a statement today following passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking ActS.178, introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).

Senate Lets Politics Overshadow Support for Human Trafficking Survivors

March 17, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors, criticized the U.S. Senate today for failing to proceed with key anti-human trafficking legislation.

Senate Should Pass Key Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors, applauded members of the U.S. Senate today for passing key anti-human trafficking legislation out of the U.S. Senate Committees on the Judiciary and Foreign Relations. Polaris, which supports the legislation under consideration, urges the full Senate to take up and pass the bills.

Study Spotlights Gaps in Services for LGBTQ Victims of Human Trafficking, Youth

February 25, 2015

Polaris reiterated its call for more resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) victims of human trafficking following the release of a study from the Urban Institute. 

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