UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking: 20 new NGO projects selected for emergency grants

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23 June 2021 – Twenty NGO projects from eighteen countries have been announced as recipients of the latest round of grants under the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking (UNVTF). Designed to facilitate swift humanitarian aid to victims in, or fleeing from, imperative crisis scenarios, including COVID-19, this grant cycle is the fifth since the Trust Fund was established in 2010.

Close to 500 applications were received from 88 countries in the UNVTF’s largest grants call response to date. Those ultimately chosen – the full list of which is below – will offer a range of life-saving services, including providing direct medical and material support to victims, and protecting those most vulnerable to trafficking. Indeed, since its inception, the Trust Fund has disbursed some $4.8 million to over 90 NGO projects in 50 countries worldwide. Each year more than 3,500 children, women and men are directly supported through NGO partners.

Managed by UNODC and advised by a Board of experts appointed by the Secretary-General, the UNVTF awards multi-year grants of up to $60,000 to NGOs who provide tangible support to victims of human trafficking. In line with this, in addition to this latest disbursement as part of the fast-track, emergency aid window of the UNVTF’s Small Grants Programme, the Trust Fund launched a second call for proposals earlier this month, with a focus on the provision of medium-term direct assistance to vulnerable victims of human trafficking. The application deadline for NGOs to apply for this is 9 July 2021, with further details available on the UNVTF website.

The following NGOs have been selected for funding:

NGO

Country

Project focus

Plan & Go

 

Albania

Specialized emergency services for girl victims and potential victims of trafficking coming mainly from Roma and Egyptian communities.

Association for Community Development (ACD)

Bangladesh

Essential direct support to 40 vulnerable victims of human trafficking, including medical assistance, material assistance in the form of food and clothing, and immediate safe and short-term shelter.

Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA)

Cameroon

Direct assistance to 50 vulnerable female human trafficking victims aged 12 to 30, including Internally Displaced Persons fleeing armed conflict in the Southwest region of Cameroon.

Réseau des Femmes pour
le Développement

Democratic Republic of
the Congo

Reduction of cases of exploitation suffered by internally displaced women and girls in camps and host communities in Walikale territory in Eastern DRC, through direct support of food, clothes, kitchen towels, hygiene products and psychosocial aid.

Action Humanitaire pour la Sante et Developpement Communautaire (AHUSADEC)

Democratic Republic of
the Congo

Supporting the fight against sexual exploitation of children working in the areas of extraction artisanal mining of gold at Kamituga, South Kivu, eastern DRC.

Mouvement du Nid
délégation de l’Hérault

France

Direct assistance and protection to Nigerian female victims of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation and prostitution in the city of Montpellier, with urgent needs, in the context of COVID-19.

BOK Africa Concern

Ghana

Material direct assistance to rescued children, women and girl human trafficking victims as well as victims of forced crimes (prisoners), IDPs and migrant returnees in Ghana.

Casa Alianza Honduras


Honduras

Centred in Tegucigalpa, support girls and young woman from urban and semi-rural areas, including indigenous groups such as Garifuna and Lenca between 12 and 18 years of age who are survivors and at high risk of trafficking.

Social for Peoples’ Awareness (SPAN)

India

Provide direct assistance to human trafficking victims, exclusively girls in the Tea Gardens of Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal.

Associazione Tampep Onlus

Italy

The “Bread and Roses” project aims to strengthen two integrated actions of a drop-in centre: immediate assistance, to migrant female victims such as providing health prevention, material and short-term housing support and protection.

Parsec Cooperativa



Italy

“Maiz” – Harm Reduction for Transgender Victims of Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation – is aimed at providing material assistance and medical advice to transgender women who are victims of trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, who prostitute themselves on the street in Rome.

Amel Association International

Lebanon

Identify and support female migrants and refugee victims of human trafficking through provision of Social, Health/Medical, and Livelihood services in Lebanon.

Pathfinders Justice Initiative


Nigeria

Assist 20 female survivors of sexual exploitation who have recently been repatriated from Libya (and/or rescued from the Mediterranean Sea as an intending migrant to Europe), Niger or the Middle East into Nigeria’s COVID-19 economy.

Katilingban sa
Kalambuan Org., Inc.

Philippines

Protection of children rescued from trafficking through provision of basic sustenance and medical needs, including psychosocial interventions and immediate and safe shelter to prevent further harm inflicted.

IIDA Women’s Development Organisation 

Somalia

The women-led NGO thematic focus is on rescuing victims of human trafficking from South-Central Somalia, particularly women and girls, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children on the move, and children associated with armed forces and SGBV in conflict situations.

Community Emancipation Organization

Tanzania

Rehabilitation and support to 50 female victims of trafficking through provision of temporary shelter assistance, food and medical assistance.

FOCUS

Thailand

Running of a safe space shelter for women and girl victims of sex trafficking in order to provide them with protection and restorative services in Thailand.

Caritas Ukraine  

Ukraine

Provide complex direct assistance to vulnerable victims of human trafficking in Ukraine including IDPs fleeing from Crimea and armed conflict areas of Ukraine.

The Landing



United States
of America

Immediate and essential direct assistance for victims of human trafficking who are especially vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic to increase access to basic needs, including food and shelter and to  ensure that homeless trafficking victims have access to shelter and housing so they do not fall into homelessness.

Pacific Links Foundation

Viet Nam

Provision of immediate, safe and short-term shelter, as well as medical and material assistance to women and girl migrant victims of exploitation.