UNODC announces new Board of Trustees for the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons

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A new Board of Trustees has been elected for the UNODC-managed United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children in its fourth Board term.

The General Assembly, established 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.

As determined by the General Assembly, the Board is composed of five experts with relevant experience in the field of trafficking in persons who are appointed on the basis of fair equitable geographical distribution, in consultation with Member States and the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

 

The Board’s new members as appointed by the UN Secretary-General, include

  • Ms. Julie Okah-Donli, Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria;
  • Ms. Maria Susana V. Ople, Director of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, Philippines;
  • Dr. Viktoria Avakova, Health and Anti-trafficking project coordinator at UMCOR-NGO, Armenia;
  • Ms. Inge Vervotte, former Belgian Minister for Civil Service and Public Enterprises, Belgium;
  • and Mr. Alexis Bethancourt Yau, former Panamanian Minister of Public Security, Panama.

The five new members will serve a three-year term and provide strategic advice to the UNODC Trust Fund Secretariat in the management of the Fund.

Since its inception 10 years ago, the UN Voluntary Trust Fund has awarded 4.6 million USD in grants to almost 90 NGO projects, directly assisting more than 3,500 victims of human trafficking per year, from around the world.