The Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT)
Trafficking in persons was a violation against humanity 200 years ago, as it still is today. Virtually every country in the world is affected by trafficking for sexual exploitation or forced labour.
The Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) was launched on 26 March 2007. The date marked 200 years since the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
UN.GIFT’s mission is to mobilize state and non-state actors to eradicate human trafficking by:
- Reducing both the vulnerability of potential victims and the demand for exploitation in all its forms;
- Ensuring adequate protection and support to those who fall victim; and
- Supporting the prosecution of criminals involved, all the while respecting the fundamental human rights of all persons.
In carrying out its mission, UN.GIFT aims to:
- Increase knowledge on human trafficking;
- Increase awareness on human trafficking;
- Build capacity of state and non-state actors through effective rights-based responses; and
- Foster partnerships for joint action against human trafficking.
UN.GIFT is managed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
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