State Laws & Issue Briefs


State Ratings

From 2011 to 2014, Polaris 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.

Model Legislation & Issue Briefs

For a comprehensive  model law that can guide state legislatures when drafting legislation to combat human trafficking in the United States, please see the Uniform Law Commission’s Uniform Act on Human Trafficking.

Or learn more about how to strengthen state laws on these individual issues:


Law Enforcement Engagement Assisting Victims Building Institutional Capacity
Asset Forfeiture Safe Harbor Task Forces
Tools for Law Enforcement Victim Assistance Training
  Civil Remedy  
  Vacating Convictions  
  Hotline Posting  



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