A leader in the fight to end modern-day slavery, Polaris is transforming the way communities respond to human trafficking in the U.S. and globally. Polaris operates the 24-hour National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, advocates for strong laws to help victims and prosecute traffickers, provides lifesaving services to survivors, and is a respected source for training and information.
- In 2012, the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area office supported 88 survivors of trafficking, including 25 children. That work included providing 2,141 nights of shelter for victims who would have otherwise been homeless. Our New Jersey office helped 76 survivors of trafficking including 23 children. That work included helping 53 survivors find stable jobs.
- Launched in December 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline responded to 85,000 calls from every state, the U.S. territories, and more than 104 countries, connected more than 11,000 victims of human trafficking to assistance, referred thousands of cases to social service providers and law enforcement and shared best practices on how to identify and support human trafficking victims to nearly 60,000 individuals in law enforcement, social services, NGOs, the private sector, and communities all across the U.S. and abroad through our Training and Technical Assistance Program.
- Polaris’s Policy Program began in 2004. Since then, our efforts have been instrumental in the passage ￼of over 100 anti-trafficking laws at the state level. ￼Polaris has also played a leading role in successfully transforming ideas into laws and increasing funding on the federal level. Our advocacy efforts were crucial in supporting passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Acts of 2008 and 2013, and the authorization of more than $50 million in federal funding for victim assistance, investigations and prosecutions, and critical prevention efforts.
In 2012, Polaris launched Vision 2020 – a bold vision to expand our impact on a global scale. As we begin to realize this vision, we are building on our experience operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline in the United States by connecting with diverse organizations and professionals working on human trafficking around the world. Our plan is to map, connect, and support human trafficking hotlines globally in order to develop a more coordinated and data-driven response to modern-day slavery.