The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund: Call for Proposals from organizations supporting the fight against trafficking in persons

The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women, and Children (UNVTF) is dedicated to supporting the rehabilitation and reintegration of trafficking victims and preventing trafficking in persons. The Fund was established in 2010 and provides grants to non-profit organizations working in the area of anti-human trafficking. 

The UNVTF recently launched its 7th Call for Proposals under Sub-Grant Programme 1 and invites applications from non-profit organizations whose projects are aimed at providing immediate and essential direct assistance for vulnerable victims of trafficking in persons. The deadline to submit applications for the fund is on 24 February 2023, 23:59 CET.

Key documents and more details on the Call for Proposals can be found on their website.

In Nigeria, the UNVTF has supported numerous organizations working to assist trafficking victims and prevent trafficking in persons. For example, from 2011 to 2014, the Fund supported the Freedom Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing support to trafficking victims and to raising awareness about the issue. In June 2021, the UNVTF supported the Pathfinders Justice Initiative, which provides legal assistance and psycho-social support to trafficking victims. In June 2022, the UNVTF supported the Institute for Democracy, which works to prevent trafficking in persons by educating communities and empowering women and girls.   

The latest Nigerian organization to receive support from the UNVTF is the Women, Infants and Children Care Initiative in Nigeria (WICCI). The organization leads a project that supports and assists 115 human trafficking survivors, as well as facilitates their social reintegration, and prevents the risk of re-trafficking for survivors. 

The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons plays a critical role in supporting organizations working to end the horrific crime of trafficking in persons. Through its support, the UNVTF is helping to make a difference in the lives of countless trafficking victims and is working to bring an end to this heinous crime.