This section is dedicated to and driven entirely by the survivor community. Survivors are the engine of innovation and true progress in our field, whether they are working to fight human trafficking, supporting others, driving buses, writing poetry or raising kids.
Stories are powerful when they are told by the person who knows them best, the person who not only lived them at the time but lives with them ever after and so are always, in some way, reinterpreting their meaning.
Human trafficking, like any business venture, needs other businesses and systems to operate. Banks, transportation systems, health care systems, the hospitality industry: All play a role – not intentionally – in making sex and labor trafficking possible. Survivors taught researchers at Polaris about those roles, in-depth, and used their expertise and experience to offer viable suggestions those systems could heed in order to become part of the solution.
The National Survivor Study is a scientifically rigorous research project developed in full partnership with survivors of human trafficking to gain insights that we can use to push for real and impactful change.