Polaris is founding partner and contributor to the Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative.

Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. Our comprehensive model puts victims at the center of what we do – helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate.

Polaris is leading the fight to eradicate modern-day slavery with a 3-part model that systemically disrupts human trafficking:
1. Respond to victims of human trafficking effectively and immediately.
2. Equip key stakeholders and communities to address and prevent human trafficking.
3. Disrupt the business of human trafficking through targeted campaigns.

Overview of Polaris’s Datasets

Polaris’s dataset is comprised of information obtained during Polaris’s regular interactions with individuals contacting the hotline and is not the result of a systematic survey. As these individuals told their own stories or relayed the experiences of their friends and family members, Polaris staff noted key elements of each account and this information constitutes the dataset contributed by Polaris. This information was later classified in over 120 standardized fields using detailed standards and definitions. Individuals contacting the National Human Trafficking Hotline and BeFree Textline were asked to share only as much information as they were comfortable providing. Upon request, Polaris will remove information about contacts who do not wish to be included in the dataset.