The Polaris Project

Slavery still exists. In fact, it’s the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world, and it’s happening in our midst.

We use our on-the-ground knowledge and experience working with victims of trafficking to ensure that the actions you take fill critical gaps in the anti-trafficking movement and bring about real change. We also give you the tools you need to take action in your local area and provide you with a steady stream of new ideas and ways to get involved.

Involvement of people like you on a local level is essential for bringing about change on a national – and worldwide – level.

Check out the Action Center to learn more about human trafficking and how you can get involved. Watch the videos on the site, read testimonies of trafficking survivors, and join the thousands of people across the country who are taking steps in their local areas to end modern slavery. Come back often to stay up to date on recent news and informed about ways you can help.


Founded in 2002, Polaris Project is a leading non-profit organization combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery. We work with victims of all forms of human trafficking, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking, U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, men and women, and adults and children.

With human trafficking now confirmed to be the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world, Polaris Project's programs take an innovative and holistic approach to create both short-term and long-term solutions. We leverage our on-the-ground experience into a comprehensive strategy to inform and empower the public, train law enforcement and service providers, advocate for better laws, and strengthen the movement to end modern slavery.

Working on the Frontlines

Operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline, Polaris Project serves as a national first-responder to human trafficking cases across the United States. Our trained multi-lingual staff respond to victim crisis calls and tips about potential trafficking situations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, coordinating law enforcement and service provider intervention to get victims to safety.

Polaris Project’s local office staff conduct direct outreach to victims of trafficking and provide them with specialized services to help them rebuild their lives. With the majority of victims of trafficking identified outside of the traditionally 9am to 5pm work schedule, Polaris Project's Sex Trafficking Assessment Team (STAT) operates on a 24-hour a day basis to respond with law enforcement when a trafficking case is uncovered and to provide emergency response services to victims who have escaped their trafficking situations.

Our Washington, DC office also provides long-term shelter through one of the only transitional housing programs in the United States for both foreign national and domestic trafficking survivors.

Creating Long-Term Solutions

Polaris Project is involved in local task forces and national coalitions with law enforcement, government officials and other service providers to foster community-wide responses that suppress trafficking. Through our Training and Technical Assistance Program we consult and enable legislators, Federal government agencies, key local leaders, foreign delegations and service providers to combat trafficking and respond to victims more effectively.

Polaris Project’s U.S. Policy Program works to improve federal, state, and local legislative policy related to human trafficking and to ensure that current and new laws are being implemented successfully. To support policy-makers, our staff provide briefings, feedback on policy proposals, and policy resources, including an up to date monthly report on state anti-trafficking legislation. In addition, Polaris Project staff have testified before Congress on multiple occasions.

Polaris Project also invests in future leaders through the Fellowship Program to help ensure the future success of the anti-trafficking movement. This program has been nationally recognized as one of the premiere leadership development programs exclusively focused on the issue of human trafficking and on providing young adults with training and on-the-ground practical experiences in the anti-trafficking movement. Since the Fellowship Program's inception in Spring 2003, over 200 Fellows have completed the Fellowship Program, many of whom have gone on to take prominent positions in the anti-trafficking movement.

P.O. Box 77892 Washington, DC 20013
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National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-3737-888