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London Launch of the Small Grants Facility

In a bid to promote a more victim-centric approach to human trafficking, the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking was established in 2010 by the General Assembly with the aim of assisting front-line organizations helping survivors of this crime.

On 8 March 2011 - International Women's Day - the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in its capacity as Fund Manager, and the UK's All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking, launched the 2011 Small Grants Facility (SGF) in London. The SGF is intended to serve as a major avenue for the channelling of funds to the front-line organizations working on the ground to fight human trafficking and is a core component of the Trust Fund.

The purpose of the event was to introduce the SGF to all stakeholders and potential applicants. The Board and Fund Manager aim to make applying to the SGF available for as many organizations as possible. It was therefore important to ensure wide publicity of the SGF and its call for proposals

For more information on Launch, please feel free to view the Programme of the day's events, as well as the Report of the Launch, which includes the recommendations which resulted from the debate.



In a bid to promote a more victim-centric approach to human trafficking, the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking was established in 2010 by the General Assembly with the aim of assisting front-line organizations helping survivors of this crime.

On 8 March 2011 - International Women's Day - the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in its capacity as Fund Manager, and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking will be launching the 2011 Small Grants Facility (SGF) in London.

The SGF is intended to serve as a major avenue for the channelling of funds to the front-line organizations working on the ground to fight human trafficking and is a core component of the Trust Fund.

The launch, which will run from 8h30 for 9h00 until 12h45, will be in the form of a debate focussing on the global challenge of meeting the needs of victims of human trafficking, and will be held at Lancaster House in London.

Academy Award winning actress and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino will be speaking at the event, and she will be joined by grass-roots organizations, international policy makers, Government, and international organizations. The condensed programme is attached to this email for more information. Key points emerging from the discussion session will be compiled into a paper and shared with the Trust Fund's Board of Trustees to inform their work.

Interested persons are invited to join this important event. Space at the event is very limited, and persons wishing to attend are requested to email victimsfund@unodc.org by latest 3 March 2011. Please note that attendance is based on a strict first response basis and for security purposes no unconfirmed attendees will be admitted to the venue. Interested attendees will receive a confirmation email based on remaining number of seats.