Trafficking in Human Beings

Addressing the issue of trafficking in human beings has been one of ICMPD's core competences since the beginning of 2000. ICMPD's Competence Centre for Trafficking in Human Beings aims at supporting countries at the national and regional level by providing comprehensive anti-trafficking responses in accordance with international and European standards. Working closely with governments, international organisations and civil society groups, ICMPD applies a multi-disciplinary and human rights-based approach. The Anti-trafficking Programme, which started its activities in South-Eastern Europe and in the EU, has gradually expanded to other areas of the world and focuses on the following fields of expertise:

  • supporting the development and implementation of national anti-trafficking strategies and action plans, including mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation
  • conducting multi-agency training sessions for law enforcement officers, labour inspectors, judges, prosecutors, social workers and civil society to increase their capacity to prevent trafficking, and to identify and support trafficked people
  • developing and supporting the implementation of transnational referral mechanisms to increase victim identification as well as improving access to justice and social inclusion
  • developing systems for harmonised data collection to inform policy and procedural responses
  • supporting policy development and contributing to the policy debate by conducting and disseminating research and comparative studies.

ICMPD is a member of the Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons.

The ICMPD's Competence Centre for Trafficking in Human Beings  regularly publishes studies, guidelines, handbooks and training material. Persons interested in learning more can access the list of publications here.

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Trafficking in Human Beings Factsheet

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