To combat human trafficking and modern-day slavery and, through a comprehensive approach, strengthen the anti-trafficking movement.
About the Organization:
Founded as a grassroots initiative to create long-term solutions that address the underlying systems which allow human trafficking to occur, the Polaris Project advocates for stronger federal and state laws, operates the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, conducts trainings, and provides services to trafficking victims.
The Polaris Project's National Human Trafficking Resource Center (toll free, 1-888-373-7888; or text HELP or INFO to BeFree ), answers calls and text messages 24/7 from anywhere in the United States; facilitates reporting to human trafficking task forces, federal authorities, and local law enforcement; and makes referrals for emergency shelters, legal assistance, counseling, and other services. The center also provides training and technical assistance to ensure the implementation and institutionalization of anti-trafficking efforts. The organization's advocacy work includes petition campaigns and research on state legislation, national policy, and effective methods of prosecuting traffickers, assisting victims, and building capacity.
The organization offers services in the D.C. metro area and New Jersey, to victims of trafficking, including crisis response, individual therapy, case management, empowerment and like skills workshops, and drop-in centers where clients can avail themselves of practical assistance as well as emotional support.
Visitors to the site can learn about trafficking for sex and labor in the U.S.; trafficking statistics; and current state and federal anti-trafficking laws. Resources on the site include an interactive map that lists local organizations, resources, hotline statistics, and statutes by state, as well as tools for law enforcement and authorities, service providers, and students. Visitors to the site also can report a possible human trafficking situation confidentially, learn how to take action, request training or technical assistance, and/or support the project by making a donation.
The Polaris Project receives support from foundations, government agencies, individuals, and corporations.