How Software Communications Is Helping Fight Human Trafficking: The Polaris Project Uses SMS To Save Lives


Our world is rapidly changing for the better in the wave of software communications. It’s easy to spot this change in the hospitality industry with companies like AirBnB, or in the ride-sharing industry with companies like Lyft. Outside of the consumer industry, software is not just changing lives, it’s saving lives. The Polaris Project works to abolish human trafficking by leveraging communications technology. Together with the… Read More

Open Source Tools for Nonprofits: Github Launches with Rapid Response Kit

In disaster recovery situations communications technologies are essential for rescue teams in the field, people in need of help, or connecting with family members to make sure they are ok. Many times these tools are built on the spot based on needs and sometimes the final apps aren’t deployed in time for the people that really need them. What if there were simple tools that any… Read More

Twilio Teams Up With Nonprofits To Help Fight Human Trafficking

For human trafficking victims, the key to rescue is communication. We’ve teamed up with the Polaris Project, Thorn, and to build a new avenue of rescue for victims. Victims and concerned citizens can text the Twilio-powered shortcode “BeFree” (233733) to be immediately connected with the the Polaris Project’s National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC). The Polaris Project will work to gather critical information, and even… Read More