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Recent Developments: 

The new Board of Trustees met at UNODC Headquarters in Vienna on 22 & 23 May. Pictured (from left to right): Mr. Alexis Bethancourt Yau (Panama), Ms. Viktoria Avakova (Armenia), Ms.Noor Al-Malki Al-Jehani (Qatar), Ms. Benita Ferrero-Waldner (Austria) and Mr. Arnaud Kouassi (Ivory Coast). [More information on the Board of Trustees]


The Trust Fund held a special event ''Assisting and protecting Human Trafficking Survivors in the context of armed conflict, refugees and mixed migration flows: lessons learned on the ground'' with Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Dignity for Survivors of Human Trafficking, Nadia Murad, on Monday 22 May. Ms. Marijana Savic, Director of the Serbian NGO Atina, currently implementing a project funded by the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, presented her experience and efforts in assisting victims of trafficking identified amongst the current flow of refugees and migrants passing through Serbia. [Read More]



Over 65 renowned artists and dignitaries from around the world have collaborated with Rukus Avenue to participate in the " Music To Inspire - Artists UNited Against Human Trafficking" triple album that benefits the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons.  This is a collective fight by the music community to make a social statement and end human trafficking. " Music To Inspire - Artists UNited Against Human Trafficking," a 60+ track collection of inspiring music, was officially released at an event at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on January 31, 2017. [Read More]

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Annual Report 2015


2016 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons


On the 2016 World Day against Trafficking in Persons, UNODC seeks to promote a better understanding and a greater engagement throughout the international community on the vulnerabilities that lie behind every case of human trafficking and the exploitation suffered by every victim of this crime. Vulnerability, in all its different forms, is central to how trafficking is understood and to how it can be tackled. [Read More]


On May 26th the special high-level event: "PROVIDING EFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE TO VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS" was held in Vienna at UNODC Headquarters


 On February 9th the special high-level event : "In stronger partnership and better coordination of efforts to stop human trafficking: Eradicating modern-day slavery through sustainable development" was held in NYC




 The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons recently disbursed funds to 19 new projects. Click the map for more information on the selected NGOs:



2015 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons


In 2014, the #igivehope campaign was launched to raise awareness around human trafficking and provide everyday people with a way to show solidarity with the victims most affected by this crime. This year, we're encouraging people across the globe to take part in the campaign and share it with their friends, families and communities. [Read More]



At any given time, millions of people are trapped in modern-day slavery through human trafficking. Women, children and men across the globe find themselves being enslaved in forced labour and domestic servitude, sexually exploited or used as child soldiers.

According to the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation includes, at the minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of other or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.

Human Trafficking has become a global enterprise affecting nearly ever country in the world. It is a crime that shames us all.

Sadly, indications point toward most trafficked persons as never being formally identified - a cruel twist which denies them assistance when they most critically need it. In a bid to provide help and support to those most affected, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking.

Administered by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Victims' Trust Fund facilitates actual, on-the-ground humanitarian, legal and financial aid to victims of trafficking through a range of avenues, including governmental, inter-governmental and civil society organizations. The Victims' Trust Fund has one primary objective: to provide the opportunity for people from all walks of life including governments, the private sector, international organizations, NGOs and individuals to work together to provide practical and effective solutions to assist victims of human trafficking across the globe.  [Read more]                   

                                                   The Fund     

The Fund was established in accordance with resolution A/RES/64/293 Article 38 of the General Assembly on 12 August 2010 - United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Article 38 states:

Establish the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, to provide humanitarian, legal and financial aid to victims of trafficking in persons through established channels of assistance, such as governmental , intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, which shall operate as a subsidiary fund of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Fund managed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and shall be administered in accordance with the Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and other relevant provisions, with the advice of a board of trustees composed of five person with relevant experience in the field of trafficking in persons who shall be appointed with due regard to equitable geographical distribution by the Secretary-General in consultation with Member States and the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

To ensure efficient, transparent, and accountable Fund administration and to support uniform and consolidated reporting, UNODC is designated as the Fund Manager for the Fund. UNODC will administer the Fund, with the advice of a Board of Trustees appointed by the UN Secretary-General, in accordance with the Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and the relevant policies and procedures promulgated by the Secretary-General. [Read more] 

        Donate, Get Involved

Your support can provide necessary assistance, such as:    
appropriate treatment for physical and mental abuse
a safe place where they can recover
vocational, life skills or literacy training for adults  
schooling and training in life skills for children  
compassionate support in a caring environment 
legal support and advice on their rights


                      How to Contribute                 

Contributions to the Fund may be accepted from governments, intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations, private-sector organizations and the public at large, in accordance with the United Nations Financial Regulations and Rules. Acceptance of funds from the private sector will be guided by criteria stipulated in the UN Secretary-General's guidelines on cooperation between the UN and Business Community.  

Contributions are accepted in United States Dollars or any fully convertible currency, deposited directly into the following bank account:


Account name:

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime


Bank name:

Bank Austria

Bank code:

Austrian BLZ Code 12000

BIC/Swift code:


Account no.

52515 025 025



AT82 1200 0525 1502 5025

UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons

Bank address:


Vienna International Center

Wagramerstrasse 5

A-1400 Vienna, Austria

 Contributions can also be made with a major credit card via the United Nations Foundation* portal

*This donation is tax-deductible for companies and individuals based in the United States

Related Information

Human Trafficking Testimonials

United Nations Global Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons

UN Blue Heart Campaign Against Human Trafficking

UNODC and Human Trafficking