Temporary Visas

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.

Trafficking Is Also Hidden in Our Favorite Restaurant’s Kitchen

Blog Post — May 1, 2020
Some workers in the restaurant industry are now more isolated than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This makes them even more vulnerable to human trafficking.

La trata también está escondida en la cocina de nuestro restaurante favorito

Blog Post — May 1, 2020
Algunos trabajadores de la industria de restaurantes ahora están más aislados que nunca debido a la pandemia de COVID-19. Esto los hace aún más vulnerables a la trata de personas.

The Latino Face of Human Trafficking and Exploitation in the United States

Resource — April 24, 2020
This report analyzes data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline and exposes the types of trafficking in which populations from Latin American and the Caribbean are victimized in the United States.

COVID-19 Exposes Flaws in the H-2A Visa System

Blog Post — April 15, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has exposed systemic abuses that immigrant workers under the H-2A program suffer every year. Any protection aimed to help the agricultural sector should include these essential workers.

Immigrant Workers Have Never Been More Important to Our Wellbeing

Blog Post — March 27, 2020
US response to the COVID-19 may potentially harm farmworkers under the H-2A visa program, but their labor is needed to keep food on Americans’ tables.

Positive Steps Toward Protecting House Cleaners, Nannies, and Other Domestic Workers

Blog Post — November 13, 2019
Nannies, housecleaners and health aides toil in private homes, behind closed doors, usually without onsite co-workers, and virtually without labor protections. All that makes them extremely vulnerable to labor trafficking. But two recent developments will go a long way toward helping keep this workforce safer in certain cities.

Systemic Change Matrix: Disrupting and Preventing Human Trafficking

Resource — May 31, 2018
This matrix depicts the 25 major types of human trafficking in the United States, cross-referenced with eight highlighted systems and industries.

Human Trafficking on Temporary Work Visas: A Data Analysis 2015-2017

Resource — June 1, 2018
This report analyzes data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline and spotlights how human traffickers are weaponizing structural flaws within the temporary work visa system.

New Report Provides Roadmap for Industries to Join the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Blog Post — July 26, 2018

Polaris released its newest ground-breaking report on how human trafficking business models attempt to intersect with and use legitimate businesses like financial services, social media, hotels & motels, transportation systems, health care, and housing and homelessness systems to further their operations in very specific ways to recruit and exploit victims.

New Report Spotlights How Temporary Work Visas Facilitate U.S. Labor Trafficking

Blog Post — June 5, 2018

Over the course of this year, hundreds of thousands of laborers from around the world will be invited to our shores as guest workers. They will come in search of economic opportunity, or for a summer job and an adventure. As the debate over immigration rages on, these men and women will pick our fruits and vegetables, mow our lawns, care for our children and clean our homes. They will be here legally, as guests of the United States government, under temporary work visas programs that have existed for decades and grown steadily over that time.

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