Press Releases

Polaris Stands Against the National Human Trafficking Hotline Enhancement Act (H.R. 2601)

November 29, 2023
Polaris stands against H.R. 2601, a bill that is dangerous to the safety and security of victims and survivors of human trafficking. We urge members of Congress to listen to survivors and vote NO.

Polaris’s Statement on Concerns Related to the National Human Trafficking Hotline

March 1, 2023
Polaris released a statement to address concerns and the misunderstanding that the Trafficking Hotline is primarily a law enforcement tip line.

North America, United to Combat Human Trafficking

December 5, 2022
Polaris, Consejo Ciudadano, and The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking gathered virtually to enhance regional cooperation to assist victims and survivors of human trafficking.

Polaris’s Statement on Recent Immigrant Relocation and Trafficking

September 16, 2022
“Human trafficking is a complex and dynamic crime,” said Catherine Chen, CEO of Polaris. “Without an investigation of exactly what happened before migrants were put on a plane and unwittingly used for political gain, it would be irresponsible to accuse anyone of trafficking. 

Polaris Statement on Harriet Hageman’s Human Trafficking Comment

August 16, 2022
Polaris, the leading organization working to prevent and reduce sex and labor trafficking in North America, issued the following statement in response to accusations of human trafficking by Wyoming congressional candidate Harriet Hageman.

Polaris Statement on Sentencing of Ghislaine Maxwell

June 28, 2022
In light of today's sentencing decision in the case of Ghislaine Maxwell, Robert Beiser, Polaris's Director of the Strategic Initiative on Sex Trafficking, released the following statement

Polaris CEO, Catherine Chen, Appointed by DHS Secretary Mayorkas to Homeland Security Advisory Council

March 18, 2022
Catherine Chen, CEO of Polaris, was appointed by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Chen joins 32 other new members on the Council, the principal external advisory body to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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.

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