Survivor Speak

In Harm’s Way: How Systems Fail Human Trafficking Survivors

Published January 25, 2023
The National Survivor Study used the experience and expertise from survivors to create a detailed picture of the arc of trafficking.

Eyes on the Future: Survivor-Partnered Research in the National Survivor Study

Blog Post — January 18, 2023
The findings of the National Survivor Study tell the story of survivors after they exit their exploitation – and it’s the first time this story is being told.

Language Matters: 5 Ways Your Words Impact Trafficking Survivors

Blog Post — January 1, 2023
The language we use when talking about human trafficking can be triggering to survivors and preventing victims from recognizing they're in a trafficking situation. It's past time we listen to survivors and develop survivor-centered language.

What Survivor-Centered Work Looks Like

Blog Post — January 1, 2023
Guest Blog by Survivor-Advocate Annika Huff Our stories are powerful. When I share my story, audience members often tell me that hearing someone’s real-life experience, in their own words, changes the way they connect to the issue. This is not unique to the work of reducing and preventing human trafficking and supporting survivors. Any successful … Continued

Criminalizing Victims: Trafficking Survivors With Criminal Records Deserve Relief

Blog Post — August 15, 2022
Keyana Marshall was just 15 when she was manipulated into selling sex by a female trafficker she originally went to work for as a babysitter. Throughout her teen years she was passed from one trafficker to another. Finally, law enforcement stepped in. But for Keyana, that only made things worse. She wound up serving nearly … Continued

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 human trafficking are the real experts in the anti-trafficking movement and Polaris is already seeing the benefits of the National Survivor Study.

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 flips the traditional dynamics of social science research on its head, working with survivors as true partners in every step along the way.

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.

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