Trust Fund Page (Home)  |  2014 Small Grants Facility   |   Board of Trustees  |
News, Press & Media   |  Brochure and Promotional Materials   |  Facts and Figures   | 
2011 Small Grants Facility
  |  Annual Reports   |  Donors & Partners  | 
Donate! How to Get Involved
Blue Heart



News, Press & Media

16/08/2014 - Hit TV shows Graceland and Law and Order support UNODC's Blue Heart campaign against human trafficking with special broadcasts: On 17 August, USA Network will broadcast a 10-episode marathon of popular TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit under the "End Human Trafficking" banner, in order to raise awareness about this crime... [Read more]

6/08/2014 - With massive support, UNODC spreads its message against human trafficking all over the world: On 30 July, UNODC marked the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons with activities across the globe to raise awareness about this heinous crime... [Read more]

30/07/2014 - UNODC marks first human trafficking day with call for countries to step up fight against this crime: Today the United Nations marked the first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Human trafficking is a global problem and one of the world's most shameful crimes, affecting the lives of millions of people around the world... [Read more] 

25/07/2014 - Giving hope to victims of human trafficking: Ahead of the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons (30 July), we hear the harrowing experiences of human trafficking survivors, as well as their stories of hope thanks to the work of grassroots organizations helping the victims of this despicable trade... [Read more]  

6/11/2013 - Nicolas Cage helps raise $185,000 for victims of human trafficking: The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons yesterday received a $185,000 boost from the private sector at a fund-raising event in Vienna attended by acclaimed Hollywood star Nicolas Cage... [Read more]  

5/11/2013 - Oscar-winning actor and film-maker Nicolas Cage renewed his appointment as a UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice: During a signing ceremony at UNODC's Headquarters in Vienna with Executive Director Yury Fedotov, Mr. Cage committed to a second tenure of two years to lend his support to UNODC as a Goodwill Ambassador. "Of all the experiences I have had in my life this has been the most humbling and challenging of responsibilities", said Mr. Cage... [Read more]   

12/06/2013 - World Day agains t Child Labour '' two stories of hope'': An estimated 10.5 million children worldwide are working as domestic workers in people's homes, in hazardous and sometimes slavery-like conditions. In 2011, the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking awarded grants to grassroots non-governmental organizations... [Read more]       

30/05/2013 - ''Human trafficking is a dark stain on all our societies'' (Yuri Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director, Minsk speech): UNODC Executive Director paid a visit to the Republic of Belarus where he met with President Alexander Lukashenko to discuss several issues, in particular human trafficking. Belarus has played a leading role in the fight against human trafficking... [Read more]

13/05/2013 - General Assembly reviews efforts to combat human trafficking: Policy-makers put human trafficking on center stage at a High Level Meeting of the General Assembly chaired by the President of the GA Vuk Jeremić and in the presence of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The event was attended by 85 states, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Trafficking in Persons... [Read more]

08/02/2013 - Actress Mira Sorvino extends her role as UNODC Goodwill Ambassador: Academy Award-winning actress, Mira Sorvino, visited the Vienna International Centre and agreed to continue in her role as the UNODC Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking... [Read more]

12/12/2012 - The new UNODC Report confirmed the i ncrease in global child trafficking: The 2012 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons released by UNODC has revealed that 27 per cent of all victims of human trafficking officially detected globally between 2007 and 2010 are children... [Read more]

06/12/2012 - Lao PDR "extremely vulnerable" to trafficking by transnational organized crime groups (Yuri Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director): Lao PDR's position at the hub of the Greater Mekong Sub-region and its shared borders with Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam make it "extremely vulnerable" to the trafficking of people, illicit drugs and commodities by transnational organized crime groups... [Read more]

20/11/2012 - The Trust Fund for the Victims of Human Trafficking appeals for support: During the United Nations Universal Children's Day, the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for the Victims of Human Trafficking issued the following statement: "In observance of the 23rd anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child of the United Nations, the trustees of the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking, in particular women and children, would like to call for a targeted and immediate response to the plight of millions of children around the world who are still denied their fundamental rights and are prevented from the enjoyment of a happy childhood''... [Read more]

17/10/2012 - Human trafficking under spotlight at Conference of Parties meeting: Traffickers in human beings make an estimated $32 billion annually in an illicit market. On the margins of the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, intergovernmental agencies, NGOs and government representatives shared best practices and challenges in fighting one of the world's most shameful crimes and one that robs people of their dignity and basic rights... [Read more]

10/10/2012 - Nigeria launches anti-human trafficking campaign, as two Goodwill Ambassadors are named : The Government of Nigeria, jointly with UNODC and the European Union, has launched a nationwide three-year anti-human trafficking campaign entitled "I am Priceless". UNODC also appointed two Nigerian celebrities, Joke Silva and Jude Abaga, as Goodwill Ambassadors... [Read more]

28/09/2012 - The film Trade of Innocents captures reality of child trafficking for sexual exploitation: UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov attended a preview screening of Trade of Innocents, a film that exposes the grim reality of children trafficked for sexual exploitation... [Read more]

27/09/2012 - On World Tourism Day, UNODC chief calls for more efforts to tackle trafficking for sexual exploitation: On the occasion of World Tourism Day, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov highlighted the important role that the tourism industry can play in combating human trafficking for sexual and other exploitation... [Read more]

04/07/2012 - In Cambodia, UN Trust Fund helps NGO to reintegrate children trafficked for exploitation: The thriving cross-border trade in Poipet (Thailand border) attracts many migrant families from other parts of Cambodia... [Read more]

11/06/2012 - In Albania, a fifteen-year-old girl gets her life back after being trafficked: Ana, a teenage girl from Albania, was only 2 years old when her parents divorced. She was sent to live with her father's new family, but when conditions at home became too harsh for her, she decided to run away. Alone and without any money, the young girl met two boys who promised to help her find a job as a "hostess" in Kosovo... [Read more]

05/06/2012 - In Moldova, UN Trust Fund supports provision of legal assistance to victims of human trafficking: When Dana read an advert from a travel agency inviting women from the Republic of Moldova to spend a summer in Italy working as waitresses in a nightclub, the 19-year-old young women, who had long dreamed of going to Italy, responded to the ad and soon after made the fateful journey from her country, west to Italy. Upon arrival, Dana found herself trapped in a nightmare... [Read more]

03/04/2012 - UN General Assembly President calls for redoubled efforts to end human trafficking: The President of the 66th United Nations General Assembly, His Excellency Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, called on Member States, civil society, the private sector and the media, to step up efforts to bring an end to human trafficking, calling it "an appalling form of human rights abuse"... [Read more]

01/03/2012 - Mexico Miss Universe 2010 lends support to Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking: Ximena Navarrete, Miss Universe 2010, and native of the Mexican state of Jalisco, has declared her support for the UNODC Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking... [Read more]

18/01/2012 - UNODC and London-based watchmakers in timely partnership to help victims of human trafficking: Backes and Strauss, the London-based watchmakers, have decided to support UNODC in raising funds for victims of human trafficking by launching an exclusive line of "Victoria Blue Heart watches". A portion of the proceeds from sales will go towards the Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking... [Read more]

28/12/2012 - Blue for good, the fashion with a conscience for victims of human trafficking: As part of its efforts to forge partnerships with the private sector, the UNODC Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking has entered into a joint venture with luxury fashion label Beulah London, a socially conscious brand which, through the manufacture of its fashion items, works with women who have escaped the sex trade in India... [Read more]

20/12/2011 - Lebanon joins the Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking: High-level representatives of the Government of Lebanon led government officials, local non-governmental organizations, media and UNODC staff, in the official launch of the Blue Heart Campaign in Beirut last weekend... [Read more]

18/10/2011 - United Nations anti-trafficking fund delivers help to victims: The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking, managed by UNODC, has announced the release of its first tranche of funding for frontline organizations working with survivors of human trafficking. Some $300,000 will be disbursed under the 2011 Small Grants Facility to organizations around the world working at the forefront of services provided to trafficking victims... [Read more]

30/03/2011 - Hollywood actress joins UNODC for briefing on human trafficking in East Asia: UNODC Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking and actress, Mira Sorvino, took time away from filming "Trade of Innocents", a movie about young girls trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation, to learn more about human trafficking in East Asia... [Read More]

03/02/2011 - UN Trafficking Fund announces new grant opportunities for NGOs as donations near US$ 1 million: The first steps toward the establishment of a UN-led 'Small Grants Facility' for victims of human trafficking were taken today in a move aimed at strengthening on-the-ground assistance to survivors of this brutal crime. A public call will be made over the coming months through the UNODC website. The provision of these financial grants is an integral component of the UN Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking which was established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in late-2010... [Read More]

11/12/2010 - Business leaders, civil society and Hollywood join with UN to protect victims of human trafficking: Human trafficking is a US$ 32 billion a year global enterprise, a shameful and immoral operation providing modern-day slave traders with a seemingly inexhaustible supply of commodities to be re-sold over and over. Around 2.4 million people are presently enslaved in forced labour across the world and human trafficking has become one of today's top crimes and a major social concern of the 21 st century... [Read More]

18/11/2010 - UNODC Head highlights increasing progress and support for UN Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking: Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), declared today that international support for the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking, especially Women and Children, was steadily growing two weeks after it was launched in New York... [Read More]

04/11/2010 - Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher joined UN Secretary General in launch of UN Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking: In a bid to help the victims of human trafficking, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched today the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons with Hollywood stars and humanitarian activists Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher... [Read More]

Media Advisory - 4 November launch of UN Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will formally launch the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children. The Fund is one of the most important elements of the new United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons adopted by the UN General Assembly on 30 July 2010... [Read More]