Anti-Trafficking Programme

Addressing the issue of trafficking in human beings is one of ICMPD's core competences, and has been since the beginning of 2000. ICMPD's Anti-Trafficking Programme aims to support countries at the national and regional level by supporting the development of comprehensive anti-trafficking responses in accordance with international and European standards. Working closely with governments, international organisations and civil society groups, the Anti-Trafficking Programme applies a multi-disciplinary and human rights-based approach and follows ICMPD’s three pillar approach of Policy and Research, Capacity Building and Dialogues and Partnership. 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 including the Mediterranean and Middle East, Silk Routes countries, West Africa (ECOWAS) and Brazil. The Anti-Trafficking Programme focuses on the following fields of expertise:


Policy and Research

  • supporting the development and implementation of national anti-trafficking strategies and action plans, including mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation
  • supporting policy development and contributing to the policy debate by conducting and disseminating research and comparative studies.
  • developing and supporting the implementation of transnational referral mechanisms to increase victim identification as well as improving access to justice and social inclusion

Capacity Building

  • Developing and implementing sustained capacity building programmes for key anti-trafficking ministries and stakeholders; including developing training tools and conducting multi-agency training sessions for law enforcement officers, labour inspectors, judges, prosecutors, social workers, civil society and media professionals to increase their capacity to prevent trafficking, and to identify and support trafficked people.
  • developing systems for harmonised data collection to inform policy and procedural responses.

Dialogues and Partnership:

The Anti-Trafficking Programme regularly publishes studies, guidelines, handbooks and training material. Persons interested in learning more can access the list of publications here.