May 29 marked the one-year anniversary of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) becoming law. This legislation made some important steps forward in the fight to end modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors.
What is the JVTA?
The JVTA is a bill that was passed last year that improves the U.S. response to human trafficking. It contains a number of important amendments that strengthens services for victims. Notably, the JVTA officially made into law the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) national human trafficking hotline, which Polaris has operated since 2007.
Over a decade ago, HHS created the National Human Trafficking Resource Center as a confidential, multilingual hotline connecting survivors of all forms of human trafficking to nationwide services. The NHTRC allows victims to get help and stay safe, and provides the anti-trafficking community with actionable tips and insights.