There are many organizations and efforts working to end human trafficking (anti-trafficking). Some of these efforts include:
- Increasing awareness and education about human trafficking, so that people can recognize the signs and take action to prevent it.
- Enacting and enforcing strong laws against human trafficking, to hold traffickers accountable for their crimes and to provide protections for victims.
- Providing support and services for victims of human trafficking, including medical care, counseling, legal assistance, and safe housing.
- Working with law enforcement agencies and governments to investigate and prosecute traffickers and to rescue and protect victims.
- Partnering with businesses and organizations to create ethical supply chains and to prevent trafficking in their operations.
- Engaging with communities and grassroots organizations to address the root causes of trafficking and to empower people to take action to prevent it.
Overall, the efforts to end human trafficking involve a combination of legal, social, and economic approaches, and require the participation and cooperation of governments, civil society, and the private sector.
Essential Resources for People Affected by Conflict in Ukraine and Afghanistan
War and the fear, displacement, poverty and misery that accompany it are the perfect environment for human traffickers to operate. They offer jobs, shelter, transportation or to fill any of the other massive and multiplying unmet needs of individuals and families facing increasing desperation. While Polaris primarily works in North America, we also operate the…
FTS Executive Director Expresses Support for Panagtapok 2022
There is power in the collaboration and action of dedicated leaders to address societal issues. This was clearly achieved when more than 200 leaders from the Philippines gathered together in the Panagtapok 2022 (which translates to ‘a gathering’ in English). The event united anti-trafficking advocates in continuing the fight against trafficking in person and online abuse and exploitation of women and children in the Philippines. It was led by JPI-IDC, Inc., a non-profit organization partner of Free the Slaves read more >
Guest Worker Visas and Labor Trafficking: Weaknesses in the H2 Visa Programs
Exploitation is practically written into immigration and foreign labor policy Original document: March 12, 2022 We offer this article in audio form. It’s generated by a program; apologies for any weirdness. Introduction Where immigration policy and anti-human trafficking initiatives meet, loopholes are often created that allow for the continued exploitation and trafficking of foreign laborers…
The situation in Ukraine: key resources and how you can help
We join the international outrage at the ongoing invasion of Ukraine and stand in support of the Ukrainian people. Our concerns about the safety and wellbeing of those fleeing this violence, many of whom who will likely find themselves increasingly vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation, are deep and multi-faceted. The OHCHR and the UN Special…
Polaris CEO Named to Homeland Security Advisory Council
I am honored to be named to the Homeland Security Advisory Council under Secretary Mayorkas’s leadership. While the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is best known for its role in fighting terrorism, the work of this agency also sits at the very heart of the nation’s response to human trafficking. Within the Department, Homeland…
Where Will The Children Go?
“The child refugee influx is greater than anyone imagined” War creates opportunities for human traffickers willing to exploit women and children for sex and labour. This is a humanitarian crisis. It should not be a human trafficking crisis. But in reality, it is a human trafficking crisis, because child refugees are vulnerable, very vulnerable. There…
ATEST Recommendations on Improving Racial Equity in Federal Anti-Trafficking Programs
March 15, 2022 • 5:09 pm • Terry FitzPatrick March 15, 2022 Dr. Kari Johnstone Acting Director Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP) U.S. Department of State Via email Re: Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government Docket Number: Public Notice: 11648 Dear Dr. Johnstone: Thank you…
What to Do If You Suspect Human Trafficking
Suspecting human trafficking is a scary thought. There are warning signs, and it’s true that certain individuals are more vulnerable.
The Impact We Made Together in 2021
In 2021, with the indispensable support of our donors, we continued to love people and fight for justice. During the past year, our teams around the world intercepted more than 4,000 potential victims from the threat of human trafficking. In addition, our work also led to the arrest of more than 160 suspects—potentially disrupting trafficking efforts and making the exploitation of the vulnerable just a little riskier.