LGBTQ+

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

Published 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

Published 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.

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.

How Your Community Can Stop the Trafficking of Homeless LGBTQ Youth

Blog Post — May 6, 2016

A lack of safe housing is a leading risk factor for sex trafficking. LGBTQ youth can be at an increased risk because they may face unique circumstances that lead to homelessness.

Sex Trafficking and LGBTQ+ Youth

Updated June 1, 2019
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.

10 Steps to Improve Services for LGBTQ Trafficking Victims

June 18, 2015

Polaris released a resource today to help service providers and criminal justice professionals better serve young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) victims of human trafficking. 

Breaking Barriers: Improving Services for LGBTQ+ Human Trafficking Victims

Published June 1, 2015
Breaking Barriers: Improving Services for LGBTQ Human Trafficking Victims provides valuable recommendations for providing the specialized services and resources needed by LGBTQ+ trafficking victims and survivors.

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.