Press Releases

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

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. National Human Trafficking Hotline jumped by 25 percent in 2018 from 2017.

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 8, 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 6, 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.

Posición de Polaris acerca del muro fronterizo y la trata de personas

February 1, 2019
Polaris emitió este día el siguiente comunicado en respuesta a las continuas justificaciones para la construcción de un muro fronterizo o una barrera física a lo largo de la frontera sur como un medio para detener la trata de personas.

Polaris Statement on a Border Wall and Human Trafficking

February 1, 2019

Polaris issued a statement in response to ongoing justifications for a wall or physical barrier along the southern border as a means to stop human trafficking.

Polaris Statement on Cyntoia Brown Clemency

January 7, 2019

Polaris issued a statement hailing the announcement by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam that he is commuting the life sentence of Cyntoia Brown.

Congress Passes Trafficking Victims Protection Act Reauthorization

December 21, 2018

Polaris applauded the U.S. Congress today for passing the reauthorization of the nation’s cornerstone anti-human trafficking legislation, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). 

Human Trafficking Hotline Cases Projected to Jump 25% in 2018

December 18, 2018

The number of cases of human trafficking reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline are projected to jump about 25 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. This is based on early numbers released by Polaris, which has been operating the National Hotline for 11 years. 

Polaris, Liberty Global | Asia Join Forces to Help Finance Industry Fight Human Trafficking

September 18, 2018

Polaris and Liberty Global | Asia today announced a new partnership to provide support, guidance, and direction to the finance industry in North America in the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery.

Polaris Applauds Johnson ACF Vote

August 28, 2018

Polaris issued a statement after the U.S. Senate approved the nomination of  Lynn A. Johnson, as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in a bipartisan vote.

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