Polaris Project

Rating: 4.54 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, International, Crime & Law, Women, Human Trafficking

Location: PO Box 53315 Washington DC 20009 USA

Mission: Polaris Project is committed to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery, which is the second-largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world. Polaris Project's comprehensive approach includes conducting direct victim identification, providing critical social services, advocating for strong laws and legal protection, and building the next generation of anti-trafficking leaders. Polaris Project works to have a direct impact on individual lives today, while also fighting for long-term systemic changes.

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Rating: 1 stars  

Horrible, worthless organization that gets lots of money. We phoned their hotline to be spoken to with belligerence and to be given worthless referrals for a 20 year old victim of sexual human trafficking. I tried calling their CEO only to be hung up on without a word. This is a nonprofit that takes in upwards of $7 million a year, much of which goes towards salaries. Their two top executives make a combined salary of around a quarter million dollars. But just try and get useful information and you'll find out that this charity is little more than a balloon filled with air.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Administrative expenses are out of control. 14.6% Compare to others International Rescue Committee Administrative Expenses 5.2% International Justice Mission Administrative Expenses 9.0%

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Polaris Project is a young organization that is both highly effective and efficient, with an unwavering focus on fighting human trafficking. The management team is nimble, continually innovating to find more powerful ways of advancing their mission. One of the organization's strengths is its web of close working relationships with other groups (including government entities) to form powerful alliances to combat modern-day slavery. This, along with an unwavering focus on its mission and a team of dedicated staff and volunteers, has enabled Polaris Project to show impressive results while making very efficient use of donors' inputs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Combatting human trafficking

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Polaris Project does a great job educating people on the issue of human trafficking. Through the national hotline that they operate Polaris Project utilizes innovative new approaches to combating human trafficking. Each person at Polaris Project is very knowledgeable about the issue of human trafficking, regardless of their role at the organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I live in a better society in which children and women who are victims of human trafficking are treated with dignity and respect.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I support the Polaris Project and their mission to combat human trafficking and strengthen the anti-trafficking movement. Over the course of the past year, I have been impressed by the Polaris Project’s ability to educate and raise awareness regarding this important issue. With the help of the Polaris Project, there are now 23 states with improved anti-trafficking laws. Four states now also have Safe Harbor Laws.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This organization has increased public awareness.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I look to Polaris Project to learn more about Human Trafficking in my area and around the country. Their work is stellar and I gladly support their efforts. Also their fellowship program - which provides leadership development for over 50 young professionals a year - is a gift to not only the anti-trafficking movement but the non-profit sector as well.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've benefitted by learning more about this issue.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I became familiar with the Polaris Project last year, and it's really opened my eyes to a problem I previously had no idea was just under my nose. To this end, I find the Polaris Project's information campaign particularly useful. To think the sex trade and illegal trafficking is alive and thriving in our country - in the Capitol no less - is profoundly disturbing, and the frequent emails and blog posts really shine a light on the issue for a mostly unaware public. I fear that without Polaris Project's deep investment in the cause, it might fall off everyone's radar completely; but I believe that if we are to eradicate the sex trade and illegal trafficking, Polaris Project will be the vanguard in that movement.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I haven't experienced it personally per se, other than building my own awareness of the issue.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Polaris Project is doing a great job of fighting trafficking from all angles. This is an issue that occurs here in DC and across the US, but so many people are still unaware of its existence. Polaris Project goes to great lengths to educate the community while also directly serving victims and shaping laws that protect the most vulnerable. I fully support their work and admire their commitment to building a movement to end human trafficking.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

n/a

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I meet and talk with incredible non-profit organizations all day long but some do stand out more than others - Polaris is one of those organizations. It might be because they are a organization here in DC where I live and work -so, I get to see the amazing leadership, dedication and commitment to our local community. I get to see how the organization strives to bring the issue of Human Trafficking to the forefront of our community so that we understand that this issue is not just a problem facing developing countries but its right here in our own city. I commend the staff of this organization who work night and day, to make sure this issue is understood, that their programs address the problems afflicted directly to our citizens and that there is policy change at a broader level to prevent trafficking here and abroad.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are easy to work with and well organizated.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, motivated, committed. All showed great leadership and are incredibly smart.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Spend it very wisely!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I am a very new donor to this organization, but have been a continued supporter of its mission and cause for over a year. I recently sought assistance from Polaris Project when I encountered a person whom I suspected might be in need of their services. The staff that I dealt with at Polaris were friendly and supportive of my concerns, and efficient in their response to my inquiry. That experience gave me great pleasure in knowing that my financial support goes to a fantastic organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I feel this question was answered above.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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