Part 1—The Best Best Practice

Working with Survivor Anti Trafficking Professionals

Everything we know about human trafficking – including everything in this guide – comes from the lived experience of people who have come out the other side and shared what they have learned.

Working in real partnership with survivors as you craft your content is the single most important step you can take to ensure your work is as impactful as it is entertaining and informative. It also means taking care not to re-exploit people who have already lived through trauma and dehumanization.

Partnership means:

  • Hiring survivors with lived experience relevant to your content to consult on the project and compensating them as you would any other expert
  • Hiring survivors to work on the project in other capacities, including the co-creation of content
  • Never using a survivor’s personal story or experience without express permission of the survivor
  • Never telling someone else’s story without compensation
  • Being clear about how a person’s story of their own lived experience will be used – and how many times – before the person shares their story


To find survivor consultants and connect with survivor-led organizations that focus on survivor leadership, empowerment, and professional development, please feel free to reach out to us at or connect directly with some of the organizations below.

Note: Photos are for illustrative purposes. All people depicted are models.

Need help? Polaris operates the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline.