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The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children was established in 2010 within the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, in line with the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
As the first global legally binding instrument to protect and assist the victims of trafficking with full respect for their human rights, the Protocol frames the specific efforts to prevent and combat human trafficking, as well as to reinforce the implementation of existing instruments and promote cooperation among States Parties.
USD 7 million in contributions from a wide range of supporters.
Grants disbursed to over 60 NGO projects, totalling USD 3.5 million for projects in over 40 countries during the first, second and third grant cycles.
USD 2 million committed to support grassroots non-governmental organizations.
Over 3,000 individuals directly supported every year through its NGO partners.
Grants up to US$ 60,000 provided to global NGOs in three-year grant cycles.
Access to justice, legal advice and assistance, including legal representation for victims to obtain legal status, compensation and/or aid packages.
Projects in West, East & North Africa Projects in South & Western Asia
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Disclaimer: the maps are artistic visual references of geographic information with no guarantee of accuracy or completeness. The information contained on the maps is not to be construed or used as any legal description.
UNVTF Conducted Impact Survey on TIP Survivors & Mitigation of NGOs amid COVID-19
UNVTF is supporting its partners to identify and plan mitigation against risks related to COVID-19 in line with UN processes. As part of its risk assessment and Contingency Plan, the Trust Fund is working closely with NGOs grantees to collect country-specific information to minimise the risks and impact of COVID-19 on project implementation.
UN Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking, Managed by UNODC, Responds to COVID-19 through Support to 10 NGOs
With growing attention to the impact of COVID-19 on victims of trafficking in persons globally, the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking, in the context of its first ever emergency response window, will support 10 new NGOs across the following world regions: West Africa, East Africa, North Africa, South Asia and Western Asia. [Click here to read the Press Release]
11/12/2020 - The UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons has announced that a further six projects have been selected for funding under sub-programme two of its fourth call for proposals. [Click here for details]
18/11/2020 - The UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons has launched a new brochure to mark its 10-year anniversary, presenting human impact stories and testimonials from its NGO grantees around the world [Click here for the brochure]
12/11/2020 - Board of Trustees for the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons Appoints New Chair [Click here for details]
20/10/2020 - 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.
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). [Click here for details]
13/10/2020 - UNVTF Trust Fund hosted a virtual high-level side event entitled: “The UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons (UNVTF) 10 Years Since Inception: Achievements and Best Practices” on the margins of the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC)
Co-sponsored by Belgium, the event marked the 10-year anniversary of UNVTF established by the UN General Assembly as an important component of the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. [Click here for details]
28/8/2020 - UNVTF Trust Fund announces 16 NGO Projects Selected for 4th Grant Cycle Medium-term Aid Window
UNVTF has announced the results of its fourth call for proposals for sub-grant programme two, focused on the provision of medium-term direct assistance to vulnerable victims of trafficking in persons, under its small grants programme. [Click here for details]
25/8/2020 - UNODC’s First Virtual Music Concert Raises Funds for Victims of Human Trafficking
30 artists from around the globe performed on this year’s World Day against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July at the first-ever live virtual fundraising concert in support of human trafficking victims through the UNVTF. [Click here for details]
10/7/2020 - UNVTF Publishes Annual Report showcasing its impact and achievements
20/4/2020 - UNVTF Announces 10 NGO Projects Selected for New Emergency Aid Window of 4th Grant Cycle
The UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking (UNVTF), managed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has announced the results of its fourth call for proposals for subgrant programme one in the first ever, fast-track emergency aid window under its small grants programme. The new short-term, compact programme focuses on delivering swift humanitarian aid to victims of human trafficking in or fleeing from imperative crisis scenarios. [Click here to read the Press Release]
15/11/2019 - New UNVTF Global Call for Proposals Launched
The UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons has launched the fourth Call for Proposals on 15.11.2019. This Call for Proposals invites applications under two sub-programmes [Click here for details]
13/08/2019 - 3 More NGOs Selected for Third Grant Cycle-28 NGOs in Total
The Trust Fund is proud to announce that 3 more NGOs have been selected in its third grant cycle: National Association of the Albinos of Senegal, Peace Trust in India, and Willow International in Uganda, thanks to the generous support of our partners. In total 28 projects have been providing essential assistance and protection to trafficking survivors in 24 countries. [Click here to read the Press Release]
20/05/2019 - The Trust Fund and Blue Heart Campaign organized A High-Level Event for the 28th Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)
Co-sponsored by the Governments of Belgium, France, Sweden and Italy, the high-level event focused on UNODC's flagship Blue Heart Campaign (BHC) and the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking (UNVTF), which supports 3000 trafficking victims every year through its NGO partners. The event commenced with a Signing Ceremony, where nine Member States announced their commitment to joining the global awareness-raising initiative in the fight against human trafficking and its impact on society.The work of the Trust Fund highlighted the achievements and lessons learned from its third grant cycle. Experiences from Nigeria and Italy showcased good practices in providing direct assistance to women and girl victims of trafficking, with the aim of helping survivors rebuild their lives. [Read more in EN, FR and RU]
05/04/2019 - 25 NGOs Selected for Third Grant Cycle
The Trust Fund is proud to announce the results of its third grant cycle. 25 projects that provide essential assistance and protection to trafficking survivors have been selected in 23 countries. [Click here to view the project map and list]
To mark World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July, the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking, Especially Women and Children, managed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), together with the Rukus Avenue Music Group. [Read more here]