Polaris has rated all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 10 categories of laws that are critical to a basic legal framework that combats human trafficking, punishes traffickers and supports survivors.
- 37 states passed new laws to fight human trafficking in the past year
- As of July 31, 2014, 39 states are now rated in Tier 1 (7+ points), up from 32 states in 2013
- 12 states have failed to make minimal efforts to pass laws that support victims.
- Delaware, New Jersey, and Washington have perfect scores, meaning they have laws fulfilling all 10 categories
- 5 states were most improved this year: Delaware, New Hampshire, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Utah