Ending human trafficking requires changing underlying systems and policies that enable trafficking to take place. These changes need to be made at a national, state and local level. The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) is a U.S. based coalition that advocates for solutions to prevent and end all forms of human trafficking and modern slavery around the world. They work extensively on national policy issues in the United States and have many valuable resources and opportunities to get involved on their webpage. Polaris, a member of ATEST, is also a leader on national human trafficking policy, and provides models of legislation on its website.
In addition to acting as leader on national policy, Polaris also publishes an annual report of state rating on human trafficking laws. This report, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 10 categories of laws that are critical to a basic legal framework that combats human trafficking, punishes traffickers and supports survivors, is an excellent resource for individuals and organizations to use in determining what policy changes need to be made in their state.
Local policies are another essential tool in ending trafficking. To learn more about what you can do in your community, connect with a local anti-trafficking organization.