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The UN Trust Fund

Victim-Centred Approach

Action around the World

The Board of Trustees


The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund: An integral component of a global effort to address trafficking in persons.

The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (UNVTF), was established by the UN General Assembly in 2010, within the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. The UNVTF aligns 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 international legal framework to protect and assist victims of trafficking with respect for their human rights.

Administered by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Trust Fund's mandate is to provide humanitarian, legal and financial aid to victims of trafficking in persons through established channels of assistance, including governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations. The UNVTF is supported by a five-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Secretary-General for a three-year term.


Adopting a victim-centred approach, the Trust Fund directly supports around 3,000 individuals every year through its NGO partners.

Through the funding of projects, the Trust Fund emphasises a victim-centred approach that aligns with the "3P" paradigm of "Prevention", "Prosecution" and "Protection", formulated under the Trafficking in Persons Protocol. This paradigm serves as the fundamental framework used by governments around the world to combat human trafficking and seeks to guarantee the rights of each individual victim.



The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund: 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. In its first grant cycle (2011-2014), 11 NGOs from across the globe were selected and awarded grants for up to three years, totalling US$ 750,000.

In the second call for proposals, launched in 2014, grants were disbursed to 23 NGOs totalling US$ 1.25 million for projects providing tangible assistance to victims over a three-year cycle ending in 2017. In 2018, the priority of the third call for proposals is focused on projects assisting victims coming out of a context of armed conflict and those identified among large movements of refugees and migration flows.




The Board is composed of 5 experts with relevant experience in the field of trafficking in persons, and is appointed by the Secretary-General with due regard to geographical representation to serve a three-year term. The Trust Fund is managed by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, which as Fund Manager, provides technical assistance to the Board of Trustees and administers the Fund.

Trust Fund 2017 - 2020 term:

Mr. Arnaud Kouassi (Ivory Coast);
Ms.Noor Al-Malki Al-Jehani (Qatar);
Ms. Benita Ferrero-Waldner (Austria)*;
Mr. Alexis Bethancourt Yau (Panama)*; and
Ms. Viktoria Avakova (Armenia).

*Ms. Benita Ferrero-Waldner was appointed as Chair of the Board of Trustees and Mr. Alexis Bethancourt Yau as Vice-Chair.


Recent News


UNVTF Brochure

The UNVTF brochure highlights the work and achievements of the Trust Fund and its NGO partners. Learn more about the progress and impact of our projects around the globe. 

Trust Fund at a Glance

The UN Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons is enabling specialized protection and direct assistance to 3,000 victims every year. Learn more following the links: EN, FR, SP

Call for Proposals

The Trust Fund's small grants programme awards multi-year grants to non-governmental organizations around the world that provide direct assistance to victims of human trafficking.

World Day 30 July

On World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the United Nations aims to create awareness about human trafficking worldwide. Show your support for victims and get involved.

Useful links

UNVTF NewsRoom UNVTF Newsletter
Human Trafficking Testimonials UNODC and Human Trafficking
UN Blue Heart Campaign Against Human Trafficking United Nations Global Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons




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