Online Toolkit to Combat Trafficking in Persons

Chapter 2 - Problem Assessment and Strategy Development


Tool 2.1 General guidelines for conducting assessments

Tool 2.2 Assessment of the national situation

Tool 2.3 Assessment of the national response

Tool 2.4 Assessment of the legal framework

Tool 2.5 Assessment of the criminal justice system


Tool 2.6 Guiding principles in developing responses to trafficking in persons

Tool 2.7 National action plans and strategies

Tool 2.8 National anti-trafficking rapporteurs

Tool 2.9 Regional action plans and strategies

Tool 2.10 Interregional action plans and strategies

Tool 2.11 An international initiative

Tool 2.12 Developing a multi-agency approach to intervention

Tool 2.13 Developing inter-agency coordination mechanisms

Tool 2.14 Capacity-building and training

Effective responses to the problem of human trafficking call for collaborative, multi-agency, long-term, coordinated, strategic and well-planned action. Planning of interventions based on proper assessment of the situation is a hallmark of successful responses. Planning for action must be based on a sound assessment of both the problem and existing capacities to respond to it, and must be supported by willingness on part of the various groups and agencies involved to cooperate with one another at the local level and with others at the regional and international levels.

The best assessments and strategies are those that are based on effective collaboration between the various agencies that need to be part of the response to the problem.

Tool 2.1 offers general guidelines for conducting assessments. Tool 2.2 to Tool 2.5 provide examples and resources to assist with conducting assessments of particular aspects of the trafficking situation and the responses mounted against it.

National action plans must delineate multilaterally agreed upon objectives, priorities for action, activities to be undertaken, the resources required and the respective responsibility of each agency concerned. Tool 2.6 offers some guiding principles in developing strategic responses to trafficking in persons.

There are a number of good examples of regional, national and local comprehensive strategies and plans of action to address human trafficking. These strategies are based on systematic efforts to assess the nature of the problem and the capacity of the various existing systems to respond to it. Tool 2.7 offers examples of national action plans and strategies, and Tool 2.8 examples of anti-trafficking rapporteurs. Tool 2.9 offers examples of regional responses. Tool 2.10 provides examples of promising State practice of in interregional cooperation and Tool 2.11 showcases an international initiative against trafficking. Given the complexity of the problem of human trafficking, real success cannot be achieved at the national level without a strong multi-agency approach ( Tool 2.12) and inter-agency collaboration ( Tool 2.13) both in developing action plans and in implementing them. The need to develop institutional capacity to implement intervention strategies is addressed briefly by Tool 2.14.



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