Temporary Visas

Nonechka

Published May 13, 2022
Nonechka means “close to you” in Nahuatl, one of the many indigenous languages spoken in Mexico. Polaris’s partner organizations distribute information via text and phone messages to inform workers about their rights and the services available where they are.

Polaris CEO, Catherine Chen, Appointed by DHS Secretary Mayorkas to Homeland Security Advisory Council

March 18, 2022
Catherine Chen, CEO of Polaris, was appointed by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Chen joins 32 other new members on the Council, the principal external advisory body to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Polaris CEO Named to Homeland Security Advisory Council

Blog Post — March 17, 2022
There is so much more to be done to protect immigrant victims of human trafficking and reform a system that puts too many people at risk for abuse. With a seat at the table, the anti trafficking field can help guide and inform public policy choices that can dramatically improve how this country supports immigrant victims of trafficking and keeps vulnerable people safe.

Essential Guide for H-2A Visa Sponsors

Published November 4, 2021
This toolkit provides an overview of the risks of labor trafficking inherent in the H-2A visa program and helps you understand how to protect your workers. By protecting your workers, you will also protect your business.

Recruitment, Human Trafficking, and Temporary Visa Workers

Published August 15, 2021
Data from the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline identified 4,816 likely victims from January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2020 who were in the United States and legally working under at least eight different temporary visas. The purpose of this brief is to examine the roles recruitment practices, regulations, and enforcement play in the experiences of trafficking victims who are in the United States on temporary worker visas.

Guía esencial para trabajadores del campo

Published July 8, 2021
Conozca y exija sus derechos y protecciones bajo la visa H-2A. Con este tipo de visa, puede trabajar legalmente en la industria agrícola en los Estados Unidos.

Labor Exploitation and Trafficking of Agricultural Workers During the Pandemic

Published June 23, 2021
There was a more than 70% increase in reported likely labor trafficking victims who held H-2A visas that authorizes the work of migrant agricultural workers in the United States. In addition to other abuses, one-third of these individuals complained about being denied medical attention, while they were deemed essential by the United States Government.

Happy 20th Anniversary Trafficking Victims Protection Act

Blog Post — October 28, 2020
October 28th marks 20 years since the first Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) was signed into law establishing the crime of human trafficking in the United States and forming the baseline for where the movement head.

Larsen Farms Should Make Agriculture Businesses Look in the Mirror

Blog Post — October 9, 2020
The case of Larsen Farms in Texas is only one example of how the H-2A visa system is badly broken. Farms owners should be held accountable for what happens under their watch.

Polaris Statement on the Notice from the USDA Canceling Farm Labor Survey

October 9, 2020
The USDA notice cancelling the Farm Labor Survey will lower the salaries of H-2A workers and also leaves them at more risk of human trafficking.

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.

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