Launch of UNODC Strategy on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling

07 March 2012

Trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants are global problems affecting states everywhere, and the well-being of countless individuals around the world. Having worked on these issues since the late 1990s, UNODC has now issued a comprehensive strategy setting out the complementary nature of UNODC's work in preventing and combating both human trafficking and migrant smuggling, and defining the immediate priorities for UNODC's future action and engagement on these crimes. The new strategy complements UNODC's Thematic Programme Against Transnational Organized Crime And Illicit Trafficking (2011-2013).

As the guardian of the Organized Crime Convention and its Protocols on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, UNODC plays a leading role in strengthening and coordinating the criminal justice response to both human trafficking and smuggling of migrants.

UNODC's strategic approach to combating trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants is founded in the full and effective implementation of the Protocols, and can be best understood as having three interdependent and complementary components:

(1) research and awareness raising;

(2) promotion of the Protocols and capacity-building; and,

(3) the strengthening of partnerships and coordination.

With regards to research and awareness-raising, UNODC will publish the next Global Report on Trafficking in Persons in December 2012, and biennially thereafter.  UNODC also produces research and issue papers on trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling and engages in both broad and targeted awareness-raising on these issues, notably through the Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking. UNODC's normative work on promoting the Protocols and capacity-building engages with Member States and working-level practitioners in providing legislative assistance, strategic planning and policy development, technical assistance for strengthened criminal justice responses, and protection and support to victims of trafficking in persons and smuggled migrants.  Finally, UNODC initiatives on strengthening partnerships and coordination occur through its participation in inter-agency groups such as ICAT, UN.GIFT and GMG and its management of the UN Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons.

Key UNODC objectives on migrant smuggling and human trafficking

Research and Awareness-Raising

Promotion of the Protocols and Capacity-Building

Strengthening of Partnerships and Coordination

Improve the quality and availability of information on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, allowing for the development of a more effective, evidence-based response.

Raise awareness of the crimes and their consequences to mobilize the international community to prevent and combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

Promote the Organized Crime Convention and its Protocols on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants as the primary international legal response to human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

Promote the ratification and full and effective implementation of the Protocols, both at the policy-level and through the delivery of technical assistance and capacity-building.

Deliver high-quality, specialized technical assistance and capacity building to enable Member States to prevent and combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling, including:

  • Legislative assistance
  • Strategic planning and policy development
  • Criminal justice responses
  • Protection and support to victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants.

Play a leading role in ensuring cooperation and coordination amongst United Nations agencies in relation to human trafficking and migrant smuggling at both the policy and operational levels through ICAT, UN.GIFT and GMG.

Strengthen partnerships with the broader anti-trafficking community, including with international and non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector.

Promote and manage the Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, operating neutrally, independently and transparently, and ensure that the Trust Fund can disburse significant funds to deserving organizations that provide real and effective assistance to victims of trafficking.

 

Further information concerning UNODC's activities to address trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants can be found on the following pages. For any additional information to that included in the strategy, please email ahtmsu@unodc.org or telephone +43 1 26060 5687.

 

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UNODC Comprehensive Strategy To Combat Trafficking In Persons And Smuggling Of Migrants

Presentation - Strategy on Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling

UNODC Thematic Programme - Action against Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking, including Drug Trafficking

 

Related Information on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants:

UNODC and Trafficking in Persons

UNODC and Smuggling of Migrants

Tools and Publications

News and Events

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