How We Help


Crisis Response Teams

Our Crisis Response teams work closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement in the Washington, D.C metropolitan area, New Jersey and New York City doing direct crisis intervention and assessment with potential victims of human trafficking. These teams include both Polaris staff and volunteers experienced with and specially trained to provide crisis intervention 24-hours a day. Teams provide emotional support, legal advocacy, emergency housing coordination, transportation assistance, and critical social services support. 


Therapeutic Services

Polaris provides individual therapy for victims of human trafficking. Our therapists work with clients on an individual basis using a variety of therapeutic modalities based on the needs and comfort level of the individual. We also work with survivors in groups for group counseling, allowing clients to support each other in the healing process. Read the biographies and backgrounds of our case managers here.


Case Management

We work closely with every Polaris client to identify their individual needs and goals and to create a custom plan to address these needs holistically. Clients meet regularly with a case manager to receive support to achieve these goals, and to modify their plans as needs change. A case manager may help a client find food and clothing, obtain government benefits, receive health services, access classes, or even support them through criminal justice proceedings against their trafficker. In 2012 an independent external evaluation of Polaris's services found that clients routinely mentioned that our Client Services team feels like family. See below for a full list of our services.


Empowerment and Enrichment Workshops

We hold empowerment and life skills workshops weekly. They are open to all survivors of human trafficking. These groups provide a positive and supportive environment for clients to discuss topics such as relationships, careers, transitions, as well as to attend skill building workshops such as budgeting, nutrition, exercise, or goal setting. We provide art therapy, dance, acting, photography, slam-poetry and music classes, as well as other creative outlets for clients.


Drop-In Center

Both our Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and Newark, New Jersey offices offer drop-in centers for current clients in the local area. These centers provide a safe and welcoming place for clients where they can feel at home. Clients can come to the office without an appointment to use the computers, use the phone to call potential employers, receive donated clothing and household items, eat and interact with staff and other clients, practice language skills, receive emotional support, or simply rest and relax.

How We Help

Comprehensive Case Management:

  • Crisis response teams
  • Food, clothing, and material assistance through donations
  • Social services advocacy
  • Criminal justice and legal advocacy
  • Court accompaniment and advocacy
  • Translation and interpretation
  • Medical service coordination
  • Document obtainment assistance
  • Housing search support (emergency and transitional)
  • Transitional housing partnership through convents
  • Educational support
  • Child-related assistance



Accompaniments, including:

  • Mental health/Medical services coordination
  • Court accompaniment
  • Law enforcement appointment coordination
  • Legal appointments coordination
  • Socials services advocacy and coordination
  • Government benefits acquisition

Therapeutic services:

  • Individual therapy
  • Wellness groups
  • Art journaling
  • Dance and drama therapy workshops (NJ office only)


Empowerment and life skills workshops:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Computer skills
  • Public speaking
  • Job readiness
  • Financial skills
  • Individual tutoring
  • Art journaling (DC only)
  • Art therapy (NJ only)
  • Parenting groups (NJ only)
  • Mentoring empowerment services (NJ only)
  • Nutritional cooking

To find a service provider for a survivor of human trafficking, please call:

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Client Quotes

"Thanks to Polaris Project, I have a job, a home, and many friends that help me when I need it. I am making a life of my own."


- Survivor of Labor Trafficking & Client of Polaris