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Polaris Project Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/09/2013: Polaris Project

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: POLARIS PROJECT

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Physical Address: Washington, DC 20035 
EIN: 03-0391561
Web URL: www.PolarisProject.org 
NTEE Category: I Crime, Legal Related
I70 Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R24 Women's Rights
Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q70 International Human Rights
Year Founded: 2002 
Ruling Year: 2002 
How This Organization Is Funded: Foundation Grants - $3,752,372
Government Grants - $1,297,434
Individuals - $1,252,673


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Mission Statement

Polaris Project’s mission is to combat human trafficking and modern-day slavery and to strengthen the anti-trafficking movement through a comprehensive approach.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $7,290,383
Total Expenses $4,444,875

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Mr. Bradley Myles

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Bradley Myles currently serves as Polaris Project’s Executive Director and CEO.  He has been working on the issue of human trafficking since 2002.  His major areas of responsibility at Polaris Project include serving on the Executive Management Team, directing national program efforts, leading all training and technical assistance projects, handling the majority of government relations, coordinating the efforts of local offices, supporting federal and state policy advocacy efforts, consulting on numerous anti-trafficking research studies, and helping to steward the work of Polaris’ staff and Fellows.  Mr. Myles currently oversees multiple national programs including the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), the national 24-hour human trafficking hotline.  Mr. Myles has provided consultation, training, and technical assistance on anti-trafficking strategies to hundreds of audiences, including human trafficking task forces and coalitions, government agencies, federal and local law enforcement, members of U.S. Congress, media, service providers, and foreign delegations.  He has been a key advocate in unifying and bridging the national anti-trafficking program areas of multiple federal government agencies, and he has also played a leadership role in the implementation of the DC Human Trafficking Task Force. Mr. Myles' previous work experience includes working on trafficking studies and program evaluations at Caliber Associates.  He has two dual degrees in Political Science and Psychology from Stanford University.

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Program: Washington, DC Trafficking Intervention Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$965,043
Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
Crime/Abuse Victims
Females, all ages or age unspecified

Program Description:

The Washington, DC Trafficking Intervention Program is a comprehensive community-based program serving the Washington, DC metro area. Services provided by the DC TIP include: comprehensive case management services, clinical counseling, prevention groups for children at high-risk for sex trafficking, collaboration with law enforcement through the DC Human Trafficking Task Force, job training, transitional housing, legal services, local hotlines, and emergency and crisis assistance.

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Budget:
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Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
Crime/Abuse Victims
Females, all ages or age unspecified
Migrant Workers

Program Description:

The New Jersey Trafficking Intervention Program is a local program that combats human trafficking in New Jersey. Polaris Project is currently the only non-profit organization in New Jersey exclusively dedicated to serving victims of human trafficking. Services provided include: direct outreach to potential victims, comprehensive case management services for victims of human trafficking, operation of local 24-hour crisis hotlines, and community collaboration and trainings.

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Program: National Human Trafficking Resource Center (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$965,043
Category:
Crime & Legal
Population Served:
Crime/Abuse Victims
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is operated and implemented by Polaris Project with seed funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other donors for the purpose of providing a national, 24-hour, toll-free hotline number for the United States on human trafficking.  The NHTRC serves as the primary hotline on human trafficking for the United States by working to help improve the national response to protect victims of human trafficking in the U.S. by providing callers with a range of comprehensive services.  Through the NHTRC callers are provided with a range of comprehensive services including: crisis intervention, urgent and non-urgent referrals, tip reporting, and comprehensive anti-trafficking resources and technical assistance for the anti-trafficking field and those who wish to get involved.   To perform these functions, the NHTRC maintains a national database of organizations working in the anti-trafficking field as well as a library of available anti-trafficking resources and materials.  The NHTRC also works in collaboration with the infrastructure of the anti-trafficking movement in the United States, which includes HHS Rescue and Restore coalitions, DOJ-funded Human Trafficking Task Forces, FBI Innocence Lost Task Forces, Federal victims’ services and outreach grantees, statewide human trafficking task forces, community-based initiatives, and on-going research projects.

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Budget:
$965,043
Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
Crime/Abuse Victims
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Based out of our headquarters in Washington, DC, 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 effectively. In an advocacy and technical assistance capacity, Polaris Project's U.S. Policy Program exists to provide concrete legislative support to federal, state, and local policy-makers.  We provide briefings, feedback on policy proposals, and a selection of policy resources.  Since the launch of our U.S. Policy Program in 2004, Polaris Project has played an active role in supporting the reauthorizations of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the central federal legislation on human trafficking.  This work has involved providing legislative recommendations, serving as a technical resource for advocacy organizations, and testifying before Congress.  Our policy advocacy team also works to incorporate anti-trafficking policy language in other relevant federal bills. Polaris Project's U.S. Policy Program is actively engaged on the state policy front on a national scale.  We work in multiple state arenas to strengthen existing laws, encourage increased implementation and utilization of current laws, and pass new anti-trafficking legislation at the state level, where appropriate and necessary.  While our method and level of involvement varies state-by-state, we often work in partnership with local advocacy groups and organizations, local coalitions, and grassroots community volunteers to support a locally-owned and locally-led anti-trafficking legislative approach.  We also advise state legislators and their legislative staff, and we have worked closely on legislative initiatives in over 25 states.

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Budget:
$965,043
Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

The National Public Outreach Program aims to increase public awareness about the realities of human trafficking in the United States and build local capacity to combat human trafficking by engaging media, community members, and key stakeholders in anti-trafficking activities on the local and national levels.  Program efforts focus on awareness-raising, state and federal policy advocacy, and education about resources and services available through the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC). Believing that widespread public awareness, community involvement, and local ownership are essential to bringing about sustainable social change, Polaris Project’s public outreach efforts are an integral component of our holistic approach to combat modern-day slavery.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Since 2002, Polaris Project has been committed to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery through utilizing a comprehensive approach which includes: direct victim identification, providing critical social services, advocating for stronger laws and legal protections and building the next generation of leaders for the anti-trafficking movement.  A sampling of Polaris Project’s impact on providing direct services includes: operating one of only a few transitional housing programs for victims of trafficking in the United States, utilizing a unique method of direct outreach to victims of human trafficking in New Jersey, providing emergency responses to victims of trafficking and engaging in prevention work with children at high-risk for sex trafficking in Washington, DC. Since 2003, we have served over 500 victims of human trafficking.   Some of Polaris Project’s impact on creating long-term systemic solutions includes testifying before Congress and State Legislators on human trafficking legislation, playing a primary role in the passage of the federal legislation the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, training over 57,000 individuals in the U.S., and co-founding the federally funded DC Human Trafficking Task Force. Additionally in 2007, Polaris Project was selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to operate the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), which serves as the primary hotline for human trafficking in the United States. Since its inception, the NHTRC has taken over 68,000 calls and played a role in helping some 8,000 victims.
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