UN Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking Announces 16 NGO Projects Selected for 4th Grant Cycle Medium-term Aid Window


Vienna (Austria), 28 August 2020 - 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 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.

In total, 16 non-governmental organization (NGO) projects from 14 countries that provide comprehensive support to human trafficking survivors globally, have been selected for awards under sub-programme two, totalling US$ 0.9 million in grants. The Trust Fund received a record number of applicants: 268 NGOs from 64 countries applied under the current funding window, making it the largest outreach effort and response for a single call for proposals in the 10-year lifespan on the Trust Fund.

Priority focus remains on projects targeting women and girls, refugees and migrants including internally displaced persons (IDPs) and victims arising from armed conflict or instability caused by a breakdown of law and order.

The purpose of sub-programme two is to facilitate medium-term projects that provide comprehensive support to human trafficking victims for a duration of up to two years. Together with sub-programme one, aimed at delivering swift humanitarian aid through NGOs that operate on the front lines, the fourth call for proposals seeks to safeguard the most fundamental rights for all. Up to US$ 1.1 million in grants has been awarded to selected NGOs under the fourth grant cycle.

The following NGOs have been selected for funding under sub-programme two:



Project Rescue Foundation (INDIA)





This project will provide direct assistance and protection services to 150 women and girls who are sexually exploited and admitted to the Pune and Boisar Homes.



Association for Community Development (BANGLADESH)


This project aims to reduce the vulnerability of women and girls to trafficking in Bangladesh through empowerment, livelihood opportunities and the provision of protection measures.



Catholic Medical Mission (SOUTH SUDAN)


As part of the ‘Home Safe Programme’ this project will target child soldiers and children and adolescents who have been recruited into and released from armed forces in South Sudan.



Beautiful Dream Society of Lesotho (LESOTHO)


This project will provide protection, reintegration, monitoring, and follow-up services for 52 victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Lesotho.



Interregional Social Organization The Center for Women’s Support (RUSSIA)


Thematic focus is on providing comprehensive direct assistance to children victims of commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC) and reducing their vulnerability to subsequent trafficking situations.



People’s Recovery, Empowerment and Development Assistance Foundation (PHILLIPINES)


The Preda Childhood for Children Home for Girls project is focused on rescuing and rehabilitating young girls from commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking while also ensuring justice and facilitating social reintegration for trafficking survivors.



Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART) (KENYA)


The project will focus on providing direct assistance to women and girl victims of trafficking in Kenya for their recovery and reintegration back to their communities.



Kumudini (NEPAL)


The project objective is to provide quality care and protection to female child victims of trafficking and exploitation at a short-term shelter to help them successfully reintegrate.



Vatra Psycho-Social Centre (ALBANIA)


The focus of this project is on providing sustainable reintegration assistance for women and girl victims of trafficking in Albania.



Shakti Samuha (NEPAL)





The project will provide shelter and enhanced livelihood opportunities for female victims of trafficking through its Safe Shelter Home in Nepal.



Dignity and Rights for Children in Cote d’Ivoire (DDE-CI) (IVORY COAST)





This project will provide assistance and reintegration services for children and adolescent victims of trafficking in three localities in Côte d'Ivoire: Abidjan, Aboisso and Anyama.



Global Organisation For Life Development (GOLD) (INDIA)





The thematic aim of this project is to secure economic and social rehabilitation rights for trafficked survivors through direct assistance in Assam, India.



Terres Rouges (BENIN)






This project will provide, protection, psychosocial support and reintegration services for girls and women on the streets in Benin
or forced on Dantokpa market, in the ghettos and in Cotonou.



 Heartland Alliance International





This project will provide direct assistance and protection to Venezuelan women and girls trafficked in the Dominican Republic through the provision of legal protection and psychosocial support.



Istiqbolli Avlod (UZBEKISTAN)






Thematic focus is on improving and expanding reintegration services to vulnerable victims of trafficking in persons in Uzbekistan.



Corporación Espacios de Mujer (COLOMBIA)





This project will provide direct support to victims of human trafficking including social integration services, with a focus on Venezuelan migrants to Colombia and victims of armed conflict.


Earlier this year, the Trust Fund awarded grants to 10 NGO projects from five world regions focused on providing emergency aid to human trafficking survivors globally. Competition for the grants in this window was also fierce with 78 applications received from 27 countries.

The number of applications received from civil society organizations continues to grow with every new funding window launched by the Trust Fund. While the UNVTF Secretariat is keen to meet the increased interest, it can only do so if the Trust Fund is replenished by all of its partners at an equal pace as the support that is being provided through the funding windows described above. With renewed commitment to the replenishment of the Fund based on this growing demand in 2020, the Trust Fund can make a greater impact and reach even more victims in need of urgent support.


The Trust Fund awards multi-year grants up to USD 60,000 to non-governmental organizations within the context of providing tangible support to victims of human trafficking. For more information, please consult our website: https://www.unodc.org/humantraffickingfund