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The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund:  An integral component of a global effort to address trafficking in persons

The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children was established in 2010 within the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, in line with the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

As the first global legally binding instrument to protect and assist the victims of trafficking with full respect for their human rights, the Protocol frames the specific efforts to prevent and combat human trafficking, as well as to reinforce the implementation of existing instruments and promote cooperation among States Parties.

The Trust Fund in Numbers 

USD 6.7 million in contributions from a wide range of supporters, as of March 2019.
3,000 individuals directly supported every year through its NGO partners.
grants up to US$ 60,000 provided to NGOs in three-year grant cycles.
Grants disbursed to 59 NGO projects, totalling USD 3.4 million for projects in over 40 countries during the first, second and third grant cycles.
USD 2 million committed to support grassroots non governmental  organisations.
Access to justice, legal advice and assistance, including legal representation for victims to obtain legal status, compensation and/or aid packages.
The crime of human trafficking is heavily rooted in social and economic conditions including poverty, family violence, marginalisation, lack of education. It is facilitated by practices that discriminate against the most vulnerable groups in society - in particular, women and children, but also refugees and migrants... read more The Trust Fund is an integral component of a global effort to address trafficking in persons. Our global impact is demonstrated through our ongoing grants programme, which awards multi-year grants to specialised non-governmental organisations around the world that provide critical assistance to victims. Through the work of its NGOs partners... read more
Through its Small Grants Facility, the UN Trust Fund awards multi-year grants of up to US$ 60,000 per year to grassroots non-governmental organizations that directly assist providing tangible support to victims of human trafficking in countries  around the world... read more The Blue Heart Campaign directly supports the work of the Trust Fund as a global awareness raising initiative to fight human trafficking. It encourages involvement from governments, civil society, the corporate sector and individuals alike, to inspire action, and help the victims... read more

Recent News


25 NGOs Selected for Third Grant Cycle

The Trust Fund is proud to announce the results of its third grant cycle. 25 projects that  provide essential assistance and protection to trafficking survivors have been selected in 23 countries. Click here to view the project map. [Read more in EN and FR]

Annual Report 2017

The 2017 Annual Report provides an overview of the management of the Trust Fund and outlines the call for proposals launched for the Third Grant Cycle and activities supported.



UNVTF Brochure

The UNVTF brochure highlights the work and achievements of the Trust Fund and its NGO partners. Learn more about the progress and impact of our projects around the globe.



Trust Fund at a Glance

The UN Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons is enabling specialized protection and direct assistance to 3,000 victims every year. Click here for translations in: EN, FR, SP and CH.



Useful links

UNVTF NewsRoom UNVTF Newsletter
Human Trafficking Testimonials UNODC and Human Trafficking
UN Blue Heart Campaign Against Human Trafficking United Nations Global Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons




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