Press Releases

Polaris Statement on the Notice from the USDA Canceling Farm Labor Survey

October 9, 2020
The USDA notice cancelling the Farm Labor Survey will lower the salaries of H-2A workers and also leaves them at more risk of human trafficking.

Polaris Appoints New CEO

September 14, 2020
Polaris is excited to announce the appointment of veteran anti trafficking strategist Catherine Chen as the organization’s new chief executive officer.

Polaris Statement Regarding Rumors About Unclaimed Package Text Messages and Sex Trafficking Scheme

August 27, 2020
In the past week, the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline has received numerous reports involving text messages claiming the recipient has an unclaimed package awaiting delivery.

More Trafficking Survivors Reaching Out for Help

July 30, 2020
The U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline reports an overall increase in human trafficking situations last year, and an increase in survivors contacting the Trafficking Hotline directly. 

Polaris Statement on Wayfair Sex Trafficking Claims

July 20, 2020
Over the past several days the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received hundreds of reports that reference viral posts claiming Wayfair has been involved in sex trafficking children.

Human Trafficking During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 10, 2020
Polaris tracked the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking. As part of this effort, Polaris has undertaken a systematic examination of relevant data from the Polaris-operated U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline. The data brief includes the findings of this analysis and policy recommendations.

Polaris Statement on Protests After the Murder of George Floyd

June 3, 2020
Polaris stands in solidarity with all who are protesting the violence against Black Americans and the systemic injustice in our communities. We mourn the many incidences of police brutality that overwhelmingly plague Black communities.

La cara latina de la trata y la explotación en Estados Unidos

April 28, 2020
Polaris detalla las distintas industrias que en los Estados Unidos ofrecen un terreno fértil para la trata de personas y explotación de latinoamericanos y caribeños.

The Latino Face of Human Trafficking and Exploitation in the United States

April 27, 2020
In a new report, Polaris describes the industries that prey on communities from Latin America and the Caribbean for human trafficking and exploitation in the United States.

PayPal, Polaris Join Forces To Fight Human Trafficking

January 16, 2020
Polaris's new Financial Intelligence Unit, which is made possible by financial and subject matter support from PayPal, is designed to leverage intelligence from the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline and other sources to interrupt trafficker cash flows and enable prosecutions for financial crimes including money laundering.

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.

Casos reportados a la Línea Nacional contra la Trata de Personas aumentaron en un 25% en 2018

July 30, 2019

Polaris anuncia que los casos reportados a la Línea Nacional contra la Trata de Personas dieron un salto de 25 por ciento en 2018 con respecto al año anterior.

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