Friday, January 8, 2010

30 Days of Justice: Polaris Project

3:59 AM
Slavery still exists. That's the tagline of abolitionist organization, Polaris Project, located in Washington D.C. It cuts right to the heart of the matter. Polaris Project exists to let people know that slavery still exists in our world today.

Founded in 2002, Polaris Project is a leading non-profit organization combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery. They 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. They also inform and empower the public, train law enforcement and service providers, advocate for better laws, and strengthen the movement to end modern slavery. Polaris Project operates the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With the tips and information they receive, law enforcement & service providers are notified to get the best care for the victims. Their 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. Being located in our country's capital has also allowed them to stayed connected to the pulse of our government. Whenever there is a piece of legislature dealing with any issue touching with slavery, Polaris Project is there, lobbying and keeping government officials informed with the latest information on the subject.

My favorite part of the Polaris Project website is the Media Coverage in the Action Center. They post up to date news articles, videos, and website posts regarding human trafficking in our country. They keep up with news from around the country. It's a great resource when identifying slavery in your own community.

Polaris Project was started by college students with a vision, and they know the value of the college student, which is why they provide several fellowship/internship opportunities every year. Find out more and get involved in this fight against slavery. Because slavery still exists.

About the author

Joy Muldoon is a full-time missionary and part-time blogger. Read about her travels, adventures, and missions here!