Polaris

Polaris is a nonprofit non-governmental organization that works to combat and prevent sex and labor trafficking in North America.

World Cup 2026: An Opportunity to Lead on Human Trafficking
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World Cup 2026: An Opportunity to Lead on Human Trafficking

Hosting the World Cup is a chance for cities and nations to showcase unique assets, build civic pride and create economic opportunity. It is also a significant opportunity for those same cities, now under a powerful global microscope, to become leaders in the fight to reduce and prevent human trafficking. With just a few short years until the 2026 kickoff, this is the time to get started.

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ATEST Urges Quick Confirmation of Cindy Dyer as Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
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ATEST Urges Quick Confirmation of Cindy Dyer as Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

WASHINGTON – The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) applauds President Biden’s recent nomination of Cindy Dyer to direct the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP), with the rank of Ambassador at Large. We urge the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the full Senate to quickly confirm her nomination.

ATEST Endorses Key Bills to Reauthorize and Strengthen Federal Anti-Trafficking Programs
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ATEST Endorses Key Bills to Reauthorize and Strengthen Federal Anti-Trafficking Programs

WASHINGTON — The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) is pleased to announce its endorsement of four bills that will reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). The bills each address different components of U.S. anti-trafficking policy and will progress U.S. government efforts to combat the scourge of labor and sex trafficking both inside…

The National Survivor Study Survey is Live!
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The National Survivor Study Survey is Live!

Click here to participate in the survey. If you want to understand human trafficking, you have to ask the real experts – people who have actually lived the experience. That’s the driving force behind the National Survivor Study survey, which is now live. Survivors can participate by clicking here. Survivors who have already completed an…

Florida Man Charged with Sex Trafficking and Firearm Offenses
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Florida Man Charged with Sex Trafficking and Firearm Offenses

BOSTON – A Florida man has been charged with allegedly trafficking two women to engage in commercial sex acts and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Angelo Dominic Lombardo, 27, was charged by criminal complaint with two counts of sex trafficking by force, threats of force, fraud and coercion and one…

Health Care Providers Are Missing Signs of Human Trafficking / Modern Slavery
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Health Care Providers Are Missing Signs of Human Trafficking / Modern Slavery

“88% of nearly a hundred trafficking victims had contact with a health care provider at some point while being trafficked” Thousands of sex trafficking victims filter through the U.S. health care system each year. Words and Photos by Isabella Gomes This article appeared in print as “What Doctors Are Missing” in the Spring 2020 issue of Hopkins Bloomberg…

ATEST Testifies to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on Ways to Plug Gaps in U.S. Anti-trafficking Programs
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ATEST Testifies to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on Ways to Plug Gaps in U.S. Anti-trafficking Programs

April 27, 2022 • 8:37 am • Terry FitzPatrick ATEST is was well represented at Wednesday’s herring of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Speakers at the session included: ATEST Director Terry FitzPatrick (see written testimony here) ATEST member organization Human Trafficking Legal Center Founder and President Martina Vandenberg (see written…

ATEST Advocates for $1.3 Billion in Federal Funding to Combat Human Trafficking and its Root Causes
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ATEST Advocates for $1.3 Billion in Federal Funding to Combat Human Trafficking and its Root Causes

WASHINGTON – The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) is asking Congress for substantial increases in federal appropriations for Fiscal Year 2023 to combat human trafficking inside the U.S. and around the world.

ATEST Expands as Two Organizations Join the Alliance
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ATEST Expands as Two Organizations Join the Alliance

WASHINGTON – The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) is pleased to announce that Covenant House and the Human Trafficking Legal Center have recently joined the alliance. These innovative organizations bring invaluable expertise in youth programming and survivor support to ATEST.