Polaris and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017

By Kristen Johnson

Finally – a tiny bit of good news in the global fight against human trafficking. The U.S. Congress passed funding authorization for the End Modern Slavery Initiative as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017. It authorizes $37.5 million dollars a year through the year 2020 to fight human trafficking globally. Thank you to Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), as well as the 39 other Senators who cosponsored the bill from both parties. (Polaris Project).

Unfortunately, the problem of human trafficking (and especially sex trafficking) is a global                     problem with far-reaching consequences. Although this bill authorizing funding is certainly a step in the right direction, there is always work to be done to assist victims and to prosecute traffickers.

Polaris (4 stars on Charity Navigator!) works tirelessly to fight human trafficking around the globe. Generous donors have promised to triple all gifts received before December 31st. Contributions can be made here: https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5417/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=14709

Just a little bit about Polaris:

Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris acts as a catalyst to systemically disrupt the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. By working with government leaders, the world’s leading technology corporations, and local partners, Polaris equips communities to identify, report, and prevent human trafficking. Our comprehensive model puts victims at the center of what we do – helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate. Learn more at www.polarisproject.org. (Polaris)

It is always the right time to fight injustice.

Galatians 5:13-14 (NRSV): 13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters;[a] only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence,[b] but through love become slaves to one another. 14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Serve all with love.

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2 thoughts on “Polaris and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017

  1. Foiling the dark dealings of those who profit from slavery, in all its forms, relies upon shining a light into the depths of those dealings – here the light from the Northern Star. Thanks for taking a solid stand against injustices, each and every.


    1. And thank you for commenting and for supporting the work! For some reason, I really feel a calling towards working on human trafficking, especially sex trafficking – so I will continue to highlight the work and to support organizations that help victims!


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