Public Policy

The 2019 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act: A Topical Summary and Analysis of Four Bills

Resource — January 14, 2020
This analysis of the 2019 TVPA looks at how these bills work together to change the U.S. Government policy regime and laws related to human trafficking.

Model Legislation and Issue Briefs

Resource — September 15, 2015
For a comprehensive model law that can guide states in drafting legislation to combat human trafficking in the United States, please see the Uniform Law Commission’s Uniform Act on Human Trafficking.

State Report Cards: Grading Criminal Record Relief Laws for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Resource — March 1, 2019
We offer detailed report cards for each state, assessing what works and what doesn't in their laws - if they have one - and providing clear steps for improvement.

Hidden in Plain Sight: How Corporate Secrecy Facilitates Human Trafficking in Illicit Massage Parlors

Resource — April 1, 2018
Illicit massage businesses have been ubiquitous in the American landscape for decades. Today, new research finds an estimated 9,000-plus of these businesses are operating in every state in the country.

Senate Passes Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act

Blog Post — September 12, 2017

Since 2000, the laws have served the main tool used to combat modern slavery and human trafficking in the U.S. But more must be done for this act to be fully reauthorized.

Why Congress Should Protect DACA Recipients

Blog Post — September 5, 2017

Rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will only contribute to the human trafficking epidemic.

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Blog Post — July 28, 2017

Thank you to all the Polaris partners, supporters and donors who make our work possible. 

Reauthorizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act

Blog Post — June 29, 2017

The most consequential federal law on human trafficking is the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), originally passed in 2000 and reauthorized four times since. The TVPA provides not just the legal foundation to combat trafficking, but also the comprehensive framework dictating the federal government’s response to the crime. This framework is referred to as the “3 P’s”- protection, prosecution, and prevention. In addition, the TVPA contains the the authorizations for the federal funds used to fight trafficking and assist victims and survivors.

Engaging Consulates in the Fight Against Sex Trafficking from Mexico

Blog Post — May 22, 2017

Polaris recently began a collaboration with the Mexican consular network to exchange information and knowledge that will strengthen our respective efforts to support survivors.

Colaboración con los Consulados en la Lucha Contra la Trata Sexual de México

Blog Post — May 22, 2017

Polaris ha empezado a colaborar con la red consular mexicana para fortalecer nuestros respectivos esfuerzos de apoyo a las víctimas.

Why We Need to Classify Types of Human Trafficking

Blog Post — March 29, 2017

For the last 15 years, we've been battling a blurry image of what human trafficking actually looks like. With The Typology of Modern Slavery, our understanding is coming into sharper focus.

New Legislation Introduced to Improve Integrity of Trafficking in Persons Report

Blog Post — December 16, 2016

The TIP Report has long been the gold standard used to understand how trafficking is addressed around the world. It is essential that we keep it that way.

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