Polaris Project

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Polaris Project's "vision is for a world without slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves towards freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project has been providing a comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2002.

"Polaris Project is one of the largest anti-trafficking organizations in the United States and Japan, with programs operating at international, national and local levels through our offices in Washington, DC; Newark, NJ; Denver, CO; and Tokyo, Japan. Polaris Project is one of the few organizations working on all forms of trafficking and serving both citizen and foreign national victims of human trafficking.

"Polaris Project's comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking includes conducting direct outreach and victim identification, providing social services and transitional housing to victims, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) serving as the central national hotline on human trafficking, advocating for stronger state and Federal anti-trafficking legislation, and engaging community members in local and national grassroots efforts." [1]

Some supporters include Humanity United, Lydia Collins deForest Charitable Trust, James R. Greenbaum, Jr. Family Foundation, Boeing, Gates Foundation, and the Body Shop Foundation. [2]

Member of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking.


Accessed May 2009: [3]

  • Derek Ellerman - Chairperson, Co-Founder, Polaris Project, Fellow, Ashoka Innovators for the Public
  • Jane Poulin - Treasurer, Chief Accounting Officer, Former, Corning Incorporated
  • Katherine Chon - Secretary, President/Co-Founder

Polaris Project

  • Carolyn Bartholomew - Vice-Chairman, US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, Chief of Staff and Counsel, former, Office of US Representative Nancy Pelosi
  • Sarah Devine - Senior Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski
  • Mei-Mei Ellerman - Resident Scholar, Brandeis University
  • Michael Shively - Senior Associate, Abt Associates

Honorary Board


Web: http://www.polarisproject.org

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. About, Polaris Project, accessed May 27, 2009.
  2. Supporters, Polaris Project, accessed May 27, 2009.
  3. Directors, Polaris Project, accessed May 27, 2009.