Crime, Legal Related
Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. Our comprehensive model puts victims at the center of what we do – helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate.
Mr. Bradley Myles
PO Box 65323
Washington, DC 20035 USA
human trafficking, sex trafficking, slavery, trafficking, labor trafficking
Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)
Women's Rights (R24)
International Human Rights (Q70)
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National Human Trafficking Hotline
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is operated and implemented by Polaris Project with seed funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other donors for the purpose of providing a national, 24-hour, toll-free hotline number for the United States on human trafficking. The NHTRC serves as the primary hotline on human trafficking for the United States by working to help improve the national response to protect victims of human trafficking in the U.S. by providing callers with a range of comprehensive services. Through the NHTRC callers are provided with a range of comprehensive services including: crisis intervention, urgent and non-urgent referrals, tip reporting, and comprehensive anti-trafficking resources and technical assistance for the anti-trafficking field and those who wish to get involved. To perform these functions, the NHTRC maintains a national database of organizations working in the anti-trafficking field as well as a library of available anti-trafficking resources and materials. The NHTRC also works in collaboration with the infrastructure of the anti-trafficking movement in the United States, which includes HHS Rescue and Restore coalitions, DOJ-funded Human Trafficking Task Forces, FBI Innocence Lost Task Forces, Federal victims’ services and outreach grantees, statewide human trafficking task forces, community-based initiatives, and on-going research projects.
U.S. Policy Program
Based out of our headquarters in Washington, DC, Polaris Project's U.S. Policy Program works to improve federal, state, and local legislative policy related to human trafficking and to ensure that current and new laws are being implemented effectively. In an advocacy and technical assistance capacity, Polaris Project's U.S. Policy Program exists to provide concrete legislative support to federal, state, and local policy-makers. We provide briefings, feedback on policy proposals, and a selection of policy resources.
Since the launch of our U.S. Policy Program in 2004, Polaris Project has played an active role in supporting the reauthorizations of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the central federal legislation on human trafficking. This work has involved providing legislative recommendations, serving as a technical resource for advocacy organizations, and testifying before Congress. Our policy advocacy team also works to incorporate anti-trafficking policy language in other relevant federal bills. Polaris Project's U.S. Policy Program is actively engaged on the state policy front on a national scale. We work in multiple state arenas to strengthen existing laws, encourage increased implementation and utilization of current laws, and pass new anti-trafficking legislation at the state level, where appropriate and necessary. While our method and level of involvement varies state-by-state, we often work in partnership with local advocacy groups and organizations, local coalitions, and grassroots community volunteers to support a locally-owned and locally-led anti-trafficking legislative approach. We also advise state legislators and their legislative staff, and we have worked closely on legislative initiatives in over 25 states.
National Public Outreach Program
The National Public Outreach Program aims to increase public awareness about the realities of human trafficking in the United States and build local capacity to combat human trafficking by engaging media, community members, and key stakeholders in anti-trafficking activities on the local and national levels. Program efforts focus on awareness-raising, state and federal policy advocacy, and education about resources and services available through the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC). Believing that widespread public awareness, community involvement, and local ownership are essential to bringing about sustainable social change, Polaris Project’s public outreach efforts are an integral component of our holistic approach to combat modern-day slavery.
Illicit Massage Business Strategic Iniativie
Polaris is strengthening the safety net for survivors of human trafficking within illicit massage businesses and identifying, compiling and sharing promising practices to dismantle the criminal networks fueling this form of human trafficking. We advocate for and foster a holistic, victim-centered approach through collaboration and partnership with service providers, survivors, government agencies, law enforcement, legitimate massage industry representatives, and other community members. We ensure that our efforts are informed by cultural and socioeconomic nuances in order to best support all members within affected communities. Together, we will help survivors find the services they need, keep traffickers from harming more people, and shut down illicit massage networks.
Females, all ages or age unspecified
Sex Trafficking from Mexico Strategic Initiative
Polaris is focused on understanding and dismantling sex trafficking networks that target women and girls from Mexico and Latin America while simultaneously building up effective, culturally competent services on both sides of the border. To this end, we are responding to the immediate and unique service needs of these survivors, supporting them through prosecutions, launching a targeted awareness campaign that prevents victims and identifies survivors, and analyzing the network to create effective, data-driven strategies for disruption, outreach, and intervention.
Polaris has partnered with Consejo Ciudadano to support Mexico’s first national human trafficking hotline.
Females, all ages or age unspecified
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as of 11/10/2016
Mr. Thomas Lockerby
Boston College, Vice President for Development
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