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Top Ten Reasons to Donate to Polaris on #GivingTuesday!

Blog Post — November 25, 2015

Need a reason to donate to Polaris on #GivingTuesday? We have ten!

State Ratings Reveal Progress in Human Trafficking Laws, More Needed to Assist Victims

September 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – While all 50 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to combat sex and labor trafficking, most states lack adequate laws to support and assist those exploited by these horrific crimes.

U.S. House Considers Undermining its own Human Trafficking Legislation

July 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed eight anti-human trafficking bills this week that take important steps to address modern slavery. However, the body is currently considering legislation in response to the unaccompanied children crisis that will roll back protections for victims in existing human trafficking law: the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008.

Statement on Federal Response to Unaccompanied Children Crisis

July 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors, today urged the President and Congress against weakening protections for unaccompanied children entering the United States that were enacted under the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). The TVPRA ensures that unaccompanied minors crossing the border are provided with basic services and due process protections.

Announcing our new logo and identity

July 15, 2014

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Human trafficking is a thriving criminal industry that is rapidly evolving. To eradicate this form of modern slavery, we must innovate and evolve as well.

Polaris is unveiling a new logo and identity to more accurately reflect who we are today, emphasize our impact, and inspire a growing number of people to join us in achieving our future vision. We invite you to celebrate this evolution with us.  

Statement on State Dept.’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report

June 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Polaris Project, a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern slavery, released the following statement today on the U.S. Department of State’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The TIP Report is the U.S. Government’s key resource to work with foreign governments on the issue of human trafficking and modern slavery.

Polaris Project Welcomes New HHS Secretary

June 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Polaris Project, a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern slavery, today congratulated Sylvia Mathews Burwell on becoming the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination by a 78-17 vote. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), which is operated by Polaris Project, is partially funded by HHS. The NHTRC hotline has received reports of more than 15,500 cases of human trafficking in the U.S.

Statement on U.S. House Anti-Trafficking Legislation

May 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 20, 2014) – Polaris Project, a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern slavery, released a statement on the series of bills the U.S. House of Representatives considered today on human trafficking. The bills included H.Res. 573, H.R. 4058, H.R. 4573, H.R. 3530, H.R. 3610, and H.R. 4225.

Safe Shelter Collaborative Wins Partnership for Freedom Challenge

April 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Safe Shelter Collaborative, a collaboration between Caravan Studios, Polaris Project, and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, was named as a winner of the Partnership for Freedom’s Reimagine: Opportunity innovation challenge today. The Safe Shelter Collaborative will dramatically increase access to safe, supportive shelters for survivors of human trafficking. It is one of two winners chosen from more than 160 submissions from 260 applying organizations.

Human Trafficking Survivor’s Video Highlights Exploitation, Resilience

April 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Polaris Project, a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern slavery, released a video today featuring a survivor of human trafficking who bravely reveals the exploitation faced by victims in the United States and the resilience it takes to rebuild their lives. The spoken word poetry featured in the video, “America’s Daughters,” was written and performed by a survivor of sex trafficking.

Polaris Project Hails Arizona Human Trafficking Legislation

April 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Polaris Project, a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern slavery, hailed passage of Arizona House Bill 2454, which was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer today. The bill passed the Arizona House and Senate unanimously. Polaris Project partnered with the McCain Institute for International Leadership to strengthen anti-trafficking legislation in Arizona and other mountain states.

Statement on President’s Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking Meeting

April 8, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Polaris Project, a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern slavery, released a statement today following the annual meeting of President Obama’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the White House.

Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris Project, said:

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