Press Releases

Polaris Statement on Bill to Decriminalize the Sex Trade in Washington, D.C.

October 15, 2019

The proposed bill does not solely decriminalize sex work in an attempt to help keep people in prostitution safer. It also repeals crimes related to pimping, brothel-keeping, and sex buying.

U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline Cases Soar by 25 Percent in 2018

July 30, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 30, 2019) — On the United Nations’ World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Polaris is announcing that human trafficking cases reported to the U.S.

New Report Spotlights the Trafficking of Nannies, House Cleaners, Other Domestic Workers in the U.S.

July 24, 2019

Nannies, house cleaners, home health aides, and other domestic workers frequently labor for extremely low pay, sometimes in conditions so abusive it amounts to exploitation and human trafficking, according to a report released by Polaris and the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Polaris Statement on Jeffrey Epstein

July 08, 2019

Polaris, a DC-based nonprofit that operates the National Human Trafficking Hotline for the United States, issued a statement in light of federal prosecutors unsealing new charges against Jeffrey Epstein. 

New Analysis Grades States on Criminal Record Relief for Survivors of Human Trafficking

March 14, 2019

The American Bar Association’s Survivor Reentry Project, Brooklyn Law School, the University of Baltimore School of Law, and Polaris launched a joint report rating all 50 states and D.C. on the effectiveness of their criminal record relief laws for survivors of human trafficking. 

Polaris Names Catherine Chen as Chief Program Officer

February 06, 2019

Polaris announced that Catherine Chen, a longtime leader in the anti-human trafficking field and expert in international labor trafficking has joined the nonprofit as its Chief Program Officer.