2014 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws

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September, 2014

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