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" I encourage all countries and people to contribute to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Human Trafficking, which provides crucially important legal and financial aid to victims. I urge all partners to come together through this Fund - the governments, international organizations, civil society groups, businesses and individuals who already support this cause, and those who I hope will join us. "                         
     Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General

Background

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 worth in the region of US$ 32 billion annually, human trafficking affects nearly ever country in the world and has become a major concern. 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 assistance that victims need, 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                 

The 2011 Small Grants Facility is the first initiative of the Fund. It aims to provide tangible support, through established channels, to victims of trafficking in persons.

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 may be accepted in United States dollars or any fully convertible currency. Such contributions shall be deposited into the UNODC bank account and recorded under the Fund created for this purpose by the Fund Manager, as per the banking information provided herewith:

Donate

Account name:

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

 

Bank name:

Bank Austria

Bank code:

Austrian BLZ Code 12000

BIC/Swift code:

BKAUATWW

Account no.

52515 025 025

IBAN:

AT82 1200 0525 1502 5025

Bank address:

 

Vienna International Center,  Wagramerstrasse 5,

A-1400 Vienna, Austria

Related Information

Human Trafficking Testimonials

United Nations Global Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons

UN Blue Heart Campaign Against Human Trafficking

UN.GIFT

UNODC and Human Trafficking