Survivor Speak

The National Survivor Study Survey is Live!

Blog Post — May 9, 2022
The National Survivor Study is live. If you are a survivor of human trafficking, please consider participating in this one of a kind study.

Love & Trafficking: Being THAT Friend

Blog Post — February 8, 2022
In the hands of human traffickers, love is one of the most powerful weapons. That's why it is important to be THAT friend - the one who understands the difference between love and trafficking and has hard conversations with loved ones you are concerned about when necessary.

Learning from the Experts: An Update on the National Survivor Study

Blog Post — January 27, 2022
Survivors of sex and labor trafficking are the real experts in the anti-trafficking movement. That’s why Polaris’s National Survivor Study (NSS) intentionally flips the traditional dynamics of research projects done on a community and instead aims to work with survivors as true partners. Polaris is already seeing the benefits. Although the NSS is still underway, … Continued

New Legislation Provides Survivors with a Path to Financial Freedom

Blog Post — January 4, 2022
The Debt Bondage Repair Act creates a process through which survivors can provide information and have adverse credit information resulting from their trafficking experience removed from their credit report.

Representing the True Diversity of Survivors

Blog Post — November 17, 2021
The National Survivor Study (NSS) is premised on the reality that you cannot change what you do not truly understand – and you cannot truly understand trafficking through studies that treat survivors solely as research subjects. Instead, this scientifically rigorous project flips the traditional dynamics of social science research on its head, working with survivors … Continued

Love & Trafficking: Social Media Toolkit

Updated February 1, 2022
This toolkit contains social media graphics and videos available for download to share with your networks and audiences to help them understand the grooming process and how sex trafficking really happens.

The National Survivor Study: Harnessing the Power of Survivors to Shed Light on Trafficking

Blog Post — March 16, 2021
The National Survivor Study, an innovative and scientifically rigorous new project, will be designed from start to finish in close collaboration with survivors, who are the experts in their own experiences.

Finding Solutions and Solidarity

Blog Post — February 5, 2021
There are many things the anti trafficking community does not agree on, and some very deep and very real divisions that make it hard to work together at times. We believe there are also real opportunities to work together toward things that will meaningfully improve people’s lives.

Lessons Learned about Trafficking 40 Years Later: A Survivor’s Perspective

Blog Post — October 16, 2020
Survivor Cheri Crider describes her story of resilience. She emphasizes that people need to better understand the complexities of how trafficking works and how certain systems exacerbate the crime.

Why an Increase in Victims and Survivors Contacting the Trafficking Hotline is Meaningful

Blog Post — August 4, 2020
The U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline saw a nearly 20 percent increase in victims and survivors directly reaching out for support. This indicates a significant development for both the Trafficking Hotline and the anti-trafficking field as a whole.

Promising Practices: An Overview of Trauma-Informed Therapeutic Support for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Published November 1, 2015
This report from Polaris and the Sanar Wellness Institute provides an overview of promising therapeutic support that can be used to enhance individual and group intervention for survivors of all forms of human trafficking.

From Recruitment to Resilience: Trafficking Survivors Find Support on Social Media

Blog Post — March 6, 2019

For many survivors of commercial exploitation and trafficking, social media has been an integral part of their recovery process as well as a way to network and grow professionally.

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