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 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 (toll free, 1-888-373-7888; or text HELP or INFO to BeFree ), answers calls and text messages 11/7 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 to ensure the implementation and institutionalization of anti-trafficking efforts. The organization's advocacy work includes and research on state legislation, national policy, and effective methods of prosecuting traffickers, assisting victims, and building capacity.
The organization offers in the and , 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 for and in the U.S.; ; and current . Resources on the site include an that lists local organizations, resources, hotline statistics, and statutes by state, as well as tools for , , and . Visitors to the site also can a possible human trafficking situation confidentially, learn how to , , and/or support the project by .
The Polaris Project receives support from foundations, government agencies, individuals, and corporations.