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 2013, the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area office supported 97 survivors of human trafficking. Our client services team also responded to 17 crisis interventions and provided 79 client programs (supports groups, enrichment groups, survivor engagement groups, and celebrations).
- Polaris Project New Jersey served 98 survivors of human trafficking, responded to 33 crisis interventions, and trained nearly 1,500 key stakeholders.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) Hotline
- The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline experienced a dramatic increase in call volume and responded to its 100,000th call in late 2013. In March, the NHTRC added texting capabilities to the hotline and received a total of 787 threads last year.
U.S. Policy Program
- Since its inception in 2004, Polaris Project’s U.S. Policy Program has played a leading role in successfully transforming ideas into laws and increasing funding on the state and federal levels. In 2013, our advocacy efforts were crucial in supporting passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act and anti-human trafficking legislation in Wyoming, the last state to pass an anti-human trafficking law.
Global Hotlines Program
- In 2013, Polaris Project launched its first international initiative, the Global Hotlines Program. Based on our experience operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline in the U.S., Polaris Project know firsthand that hotlines are a crucial part of an effective anti-trafficking response in any country. Our goal is that anyone held in slavery, anywhere in the world, will be able to contact a hotline and access help. In its first year, the global hotlines team engaged 46 countries in relationship building, information sharing, and formalized technical assistance.
Training and Technical Assistance
- In 2013, Polaris Project’s National Training and Technical Assistance Program (NTTAP) trained and/or provided technical assistance to 9,312 individuals in 37 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico including 9 intensive on-sire meetings, 11 in-person trainings and presentations, 76 technical assistance phone consultations and 33 customized resource packages.