Press Releases

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.

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.

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