Public Policy

2020 Trafficking in Persons Report Recommendations

Blog Post — June 29, 2020
The 2020 Trafficking in Persons is primarily a tool of diplomacy, used to help engage foreign governments in efforts to make positive changes that protect vulnerable people and end exploitation. But it is also a good jumping off point for the United States to do some much needed self-examination. 

Labor Trafficking Red Flags in Latest Work Visa Program Changes

Blog Post — June 23, 2020
During COVID-19, temporary changes in regulations to work visas, like H-2A and H-2B, benefit employers but put workers at greater risk of human trafficking and exploitation. Lack of oversight and lack of clear access to crucial information for workers increases the imbalance of power, favoring employers.

Alerta de trata laboral en los últimos cambios en visas temporales de trabajo

Blog Post — June 23, 2020
Los cambios en los protocolos de visas temporales de trabajo debido al COVID-19 crean más desbalances de poder y ponen a los trabajadores en riesgo de trata laboral.

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

Published 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.

Polaris Statement on Protests After the Murder of George Floyd

June 3, 2020
Polaris stands in solidarity with all who are protesting the violence against Black Americans and the systemic injustice in our communities. We mourn the many incidences of police brutality that overwhelmingly plague Black communities.

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

Published 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.

Polaris Statement on Bill to Decriminalize the Sex Trade in Washington, D.C.

October 15, 2019
The proposed bill does not solely decriminalize sex work in an attempt to help keep people in prostitution safer. It also repeals crimes related to pimping, brothel-keeping, and sex buying.

Model Legislation and Issue Briefs

Published 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.

Polaris Statement on Jeffrey Epstein

July 8, 2019

Polaris, a DC-based nonprofit that operates the National Human Trafficking Hotline for the United States, issued a statement in light of federal prosecutors unsealing new charges against Jeffrey Epstein. 

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

Published 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.

Posición de Polaris acerca del muro fronterizo y la trata de personas

February 1, 2019
Polaris emitió este día el siguiente comunicado en respuesta a las continuas justificaciones para la construcción de un muro fronterizo o una barrera física a lo largo de la frontera sur como un medio para detener la trata de personas.

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