The Power of Survivor Voices on Human Trafficking Awareness Day

On a cold and rainy Friday, legislators, community organizations, government officials, social service agencies, and concerned citizens convened on the front steps of the State House in Trenton, N.J., on January 11th , National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Armed with hats, scarves and umbrellas, gatherers huddled together in a display of public solidarity to draw [...]

Between pronunciation lessons, a friendship forms between a volunteer and a survivor.

When I first received the email from Polaris Project New Jersey asking me to attend a volunteer orientation, I was nervous and excited at the same time. I had heard many stories about sexual and labor exploitation, but being a Ukrainian American, most of my knowledge was confined to that population. It was not until [...]

Celebrating Survivors’ Accomplishments Along the Road to Recovery

The Client Services Office in New Jersey witnesses survivor strength and resilience on such a large scale that it routinely leaves staff and volunteers amazed and inspired. In an effort to acknowledge survivors’ triumphs, the New Jersey office created a Survivor Wall of Achievement. The wall serves to empower and encourage survivors to continue pursuing [...]

Vacating Convictions: Two Clients’ Experiences

On a daily basis, survivors of human trafficking face a multitude of barriers which can hinder recovery from the traumatic experience. The Client Services office in New Jersey is finding that past convictions on clients’ criminal records is one of the largest barriers.  Some states, such as New York, have recognized this and passed legislation [...]