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Ashley Judd Named Ambassador for Polaris

May 19, 2016

Humanitarian and actress Ashley Judd has been named an Ambassador for the organization. In this role, she hopes to continue to draw attention to trafficking and ensure that victims get the help they need.

Max and Erica Scherzer Launch Baseball Fan Fundraisers for Polaris

May 10, 2016

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer and Polaris Ambassador Erica May-Scherzer announced two new programs today for their fans during the 2016 MLB season to support Polaris. Fans can now have their favorite Max Scherzer items autographed by Max through their Autographs & Athletes program after making a donation to Polaris. The Scherzers are also encouraging fans to participate in their Strike Out Modern Slavery fundraiser by pledging to donate for every strikeout Max throws this season.

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.

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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