At Polaris, we respond to human trafficking as it happens and are building a more survivor-centered and equity-driven anti-trafficking movement. We work with survivor-led organizations, support-providers, state and federal policymakers, big businesses, and law enforcement to drive change where it is most impactful: the systems that allow human trafficking to persist. We work to prevent trafficking before it happens and support survivors in becoming thrivers.
Our Work in Action
Contrary to popular misconceptions, sex trafficking rarely begins with kidnapping by a stranger. Instead, sex traffickers groom their victims by using love – romantic love, friendship and familial love – to manipulate them into cooperating in their own exploitation. Understanding the realities of how love is often used as a weapon in situations of human trafficking is critical to preventing it.
In partnership with survivors, Polaris developed a media guide to share with journalists, entertainment industry professionals, service providers, and others creating content about human trafficking.
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.
Using data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline, we’re dispelling myths, countering misinformation, and sharing the realities of human trafficking.