Fostering Transformative Change

Often times as a society we want to push for overall systemic change – new laws, international treaties, or government structures that can address the problems we seek to end. However, there is a danger that we can lose sight of what these changes mean on the individual level for those who have suffered. We [...]

#ENDSLAVERY – Tweet your Senators to Co-Sponsor Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), introduced in 2000, greatly increased America’s efforts to protect victims, assist survivors, improve prevention methods and successfully prosecute traffickers. Even though the TVPA has been reauthorized three times by bipartisan majorities, it was allowed to expire in September of 2011.

To help move this [...]

1st Annual New Jersey Human Trafficking Training A Success

Community Members Learn About Trafficking in Their Own Backyards

Last month, Polaris Project New Jersey hosted a community summit on human trafficking. More than 160 New Jersey community members and leaders were in attendance! The summit was tailored to educate local community members about human trafficking, prevalence of the crime on [...]

D.C. Emancipation Day: A time for celebration and reflection

On this day, 150 years ago, more than 3,000 people were freed from slavery in Washington, D.C. Nine months in advance of the full Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln granted slaves in the District of Columbia the most precious human right, freedom.