Polaris Project

Polaris Project: Transformational Human Trafficking Theater Project

The Polaris Project envisions a world without slavery and human trafficking.

Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Named after the North Star "Polaris" that guided slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project is transforming the way that individuals and communities respond to human trafficking, in the U.S. and globally.

By successfully pushing for stronger federal and state laws, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-373-7888), conducting trainings, and providing vital services to victims of trafficking, Polaris Project creates long-term solutions that move our society closer to a world without slavery. [1]

The Polaris Project successfully combines its work on the front-lines serving victims of human trafficking with the creation of long-term solutions that affect systemic and social change, while avoiding the dehumanization that can occur with bureaucratization. They have passed bills through Congress in 48 states that protect victims and punish perpetrators. They have created innovative outreach programs to uncover trafficking locations, directly target trafficking networks and work closely with law enforcement. [1]

The Polaris Project is a theater project implemented by Dr. Louise Montello (LP, LCAT, MT-BC), Shelley Wyant, (New School for Drama Professor), Anezka Sebek (Parsons MFA-DT professor), and Nick Fortugno (Parsons professor – gaming specialist). Along with the New School Transforming Community Through the Arts students, they work with survivors of human trafficking and modern day slavery.

For additional courses and programs at The New School, see

Transforming Community Through the Arts

Social Change At the New School

1. Polaris Project. (2013). Polaris Project. Homepage/About Us. Retrieved November 17, 2013 from http://www.polarisproject.org/about-us/overview
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