Theory of Change

Our Model | Our Programs | Our Values


Our Model

Polaris is leading the fight to eradicate modern-day slavery with a 3-part model that systemically disrupts human trafficking:

  1. Respond to victims of human trafficking effectively and immediately.

  2. Equip key stakeholders and communities to address and prevent human trafficking.

  3. Disrupt the business of human trafficking through targeted campaigns.


Our Programs

National Hotlines
Operates the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline and BeFree Textline to connect survivors to critical support to get help and stay safe, and equip communities with tools to combat human trafficking.

Global Hotlines
Galvanizes multinational collaboration -- with a focus on North America -- among hotlines, service providers, governments, and law enforcement entities to share data, strategies, and resources to eradicate flows of trafficking that cross borders.  

Client Services
Provides direct services in Washington, D.C. including crisis intervention, case management, and counseling to ease the effects of trauma.

Government Relations
As a premiere source of human trafficking policy expertise, builds government support to eradicate all forms of modern slavery and protect victims of this crime.

Advisory Services
Provides tailored solutions and consultation to support individuals and institutions in the public and private sectors working to combat human trafficking.

Data Analysis
Uses data to find out where and how traffickers operate in order to understand the scope, size, and systems of modern slavery.

Strategic Interventions
Our newest program to disrupt human trafficking networks in illicit massage businesses and residential brothels by strengthening the safety net for victims in these venues and calling for strategic action that stops traffickers from harming more people.


Our Values

Polaris is grounded in a set of values and organizational beliefs, and we strive to model and embody these values in all we do.

We work with humility and a spirit of service.
We serve a mission that is bigger than ourselves, and we recognize that we cannot do this work alone. We foster a caring community of mutual support, and we actively pursue collaborations and partnerships to expand our reach.

Victims’ and survivors’ experiences ground our efforts.
We honor the dignity, agency, and resilience of victims and survivors of slavery, both past and present. We serve, work alongside, and stand in solidarity with those who have been most affected by modern slavery.

We strive for inclusion and equity.
We engage different perspectives to inform our decisions, actions, and positions. We create opportunities that empower individuals of diverse backgrounds and circumstances. We acknowledge the structural inequities that lead to human trafficking and modern slavery, which drives us to create just and equitable solutions.

We approach our work with courage.
promote a culture of inquiry, innovation, risk-taking, and continuous learning. We are resilient and evolve when faced with obstacles or failure. We recognize that what is typical or traditional is not always optimal.

We create positive impact and achieve results.
We leverage and cultivate the strengths of our staff, and we work with discipline, integrity, and a commitment to excellence. We embrace a measurement culture to track our progress. We view impact holistically, considering multiple sectors and the effects on individuals’ lives, as we pursue systemic and social change to eradicate modern slavery.

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