Press Releases

Steve Rosenthal Joins Polaris Board of Directors

April 25, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC (April 27, 2016) – Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors, announced that Steve Rosenthal has joined the Polaris Board of Directors.

New legislation would bring transparency to America’s work visa system and help fight human trafficking

April 20, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC (April 20, 2016) - Experts from Polaris, the Economic Policy Institute, and Global Workers Justice Alliance are expressing support for a newly introduced b

Generation Freedom’s Coalition Members Ready to Push Candidates to End Human Trafficking

March 30, 2016

Below is a press release from Generation Freedom, a broad nonpartisan coalition founded by the country's leading anti-trafficking experts, of which Polaris is a member.

Polaris in the News

Chronicle of Philanthropy | Unraveling Webs of Wickedness

April 08, 2016

As it helps victims and survivors get the assistance they need, the Polaris Project, a Washington nonprofit, is turning those phone calls and texts into an enormous storehouse of information about the shadowy world of trafficking...

Fortune | How Palantir Uses Big Data to Find Missing Kids

March 15, 2016

Palantir Technologies, the data analytics companyprofiled in the current issue of Fortune, isn’t unique in its efforts to turn its software toward social good—plenty of tech companies do that. But unlike most, Palantir says it treats nonprofits like any other customer, not just as a “corporate social responsibility” afterthought.

Associated Press | Texas couple charged with forcing nanny to work for no pay

February 10, 2016

A Houston-area couple forced a Nigerian woman to care for their five children and home without pay during a two-year period in which she was physically and verbally abused, made to work nearly 20 hours a day and told to sleep on the floor, federal authorities say.

Opinion Pieces

CNN Opinion | Fighting sex trafficking in the 'town built on exploitation'

December 01, 2015

By Bradley Myles, Special to CNN

(CNN) Rosa was only 17 years old when she was approached in her small hometown in Mexico by a man claiming to sell clothing. Instead, he began courting her and she quickly fell in love with him.

Huffington Post | Combating Human Trafficking in the Hotel Industry

July 22, 2015

By Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris

A teenage girl uses cash to rent a room with an older man. A housekeeper, who appears to be living on site, nervously averts eye contact when a guest approaches. A string of men enter and leave a particular room throughout the night, each staying for only 30 minutes at a time.

The News Journal | How 13-year-old Marta fell prey to human traffickers

August 30, 2014

By Chris Ann Kehner, Director of Policy for Polaris 

Abandoned by her parents at 13, Marta fell prey to human traffickers in her native Guatemala.

Forced to work in the sex industry for two years, she fled, undertaking a long, arduous journey in search of safety.

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