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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, as of December 2019.

Over 3,000 individuals directly supported every year through its NGO partners.

grants up to US$ 60,000 provided to NGOs in three-year grant cycles.

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.

Access to justice, legal advice and assistance, including legal representation for victims to obtain legal status, compensation and/or aid packages.

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  UNVTF-Supported Projects (2017-20)

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9/4/2020 - 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]

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]



The #BlueHeart💙Campaign is a global awareness-raising initiative w/the @UN #VoluntaryTrustFund providing assistance to victims of trafficking. Now Belarus 🇧🇾 Belgium 🇧🇪 Dominican Republic 🇩🇴 Ecuador 🇪🇨 France 🇫🇷 Israel 🇮🇱 Italy 🇮🇹 Romania 🇷🇴 & Sweden 🇸🇪 are part of this too!🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/9WxjqcKOxG

— Blue Heart (@BlueHeartHT) May 21, 2019





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The crime of human trafficking is heavily rooted in social and economic conditions including poverty, family violence, marginalisation, lack of education. It is facilitated by practices that discriminate against the most vulnerable groups in society - in particular, women and children, but also refugees and migrants... read more The Trust Fund is an integral component of a global effort to address trafficking in persons. Our global impact is demonstrated through our ongoing grants programme, which awards multi-year grants to specialised non-governmental organisations around the world that provide critical assistance to victims. Through the work of its NGOs partners... read more

 Global Grants Programme & Advocacy Campaign

Through its Small Grants Facility, the UN Trust Fund awards multi-year grants of up to US$ 60,000 per year to grassroots non-governmental organizations that directly assist providing tangible support to victims of human trafficking in countries around the world... read more The Blue Heart Campaign directly supports the work of the Trust Fund as a global awareness raising initiative to fight human trafficking. It encourages involvement from governments, civil society, the corporate sector and individuals alike, to inspire action, and help the victims... read more

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