LGBTQ+

The Effect of COVID-19 on Human Trafficking

Blog Post — 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.

Acceptance and Love is Needed for LGBTQ+ Youth

Blog Post — 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. 

Introducing the Gender, Sexual, and Romantic Minorities Working Group

Blog Post — June 27, 2017

The working group assists the Hotline in ensuring that we are serving victims and survivors of trafficking who identify as LGBTQI+ in a compassionate and competent way.

The Pervasiveness of LGBTQI-Targeted Violence in the Americas

Blog Post — June 19, 2017

Understanding the nuances and culture of LGBTQI-targeted violence is necessary in order to eliminate it.

Why LGBTQ Trafficking Cases Are Underreported

Blog Post — June 9, 2017

A history of discrimination, violence and poor relationships with law enforcement are only part of the surface of why LGBTQ individuals do not or cannot report their trafficking situations.

Unique Obstacles Put Transgender People At Risk of Trafficking

Blog Post — March 10, 2017

Striving towards a more inclusive society with fewer social and economic barriers is one way to reduce trans folks' vulnerability to human 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.

Reaching Out for Help as an LGBTQ Person

Blog Post — December 14, 2016

Reaching out for help is sometimes easier said than done. Our new resource shows LGBTQ youth that inclusive, identity-affirming help is available, if they want it.

Reaching Out for Help: A Guide for LGBTQ Youth on How to Receive Support and Services from the National Human Trafficking Hotline

Resource — December 1, 2016
Reaching out to a hotline for help can be daunting. This can be especially true for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ+) individuals.

Staying Safe: Tips for LGBTQ Youth for How to Protect Yourself and Your Community from Human Trafficking

Resource — November 1, 2016
While traffickers target many vulnerable populations, there are some circumstances or risk factors that traffickers often try to exploit, such as homelessness, or past histories of abuse or discrimination.

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.

This Pride Month, Let’s Come Together to Protect LGBTQ Trafficked Youth

Blog Post — June 17, 2016

As the tragic shooting in Orlando last weekend clearly shows, LGBTQ youth remain one of our nation’s most vulnerable populations.

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

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