Ongoing Projects

ATENÇÃO Brasil – Enhancing the Capacity of the Brazilian Government to tackle TIP

Objective: The overall goal of the project is to improve the capacity of the Brazilian government, at all levels, to identify, protect and refer victims of trafficking and increase investigations, prosecutions and convictions of perpetrators. 

The three specific objectives of the project and related outputs are:

  • Specific Objective 1: To strengthen the capacities of the various relevant officials, authorities and institutions to enforce the new Brazilian anti-TIP law, focusing on a victim-centered policy framework. Main outputs: (1.1) Training modules for police officers (Federal, Military, Civil and Roads/Highways police forces), prosecutors, judges, and labor inspectors on the new anti-TIP legislation; (1.2) Updated anti-TIP Guide for Federal Police; (1.3) ToT manual and related training modules; (1.4) Content on TIP for the e-learning platform of the Academy of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office elaborated and incorporated. 
  • Specific Objective 2: To ensure better coordination and better information sharing among all parties involved in investigating and prosecuting TIP perpetrators. Main outputs: (2.1) Gaps and needs assessment, with ensuing recommendations; (2.2) Prospective JIT members trained; (2.3) Multi-institutional specialized forum set up; (2.4) High-level meeting in the framework of the AIAMP.
  • Specific Objective 3: To improve comprehensive services for victims of trafficking. Main outputs: (3.1) Standard Operating Procedures to implement a National Referral Mechanism (NRM) for victims of all forms of TIP; (3.2) Training modules for specialized social assistance centers and selected NGOs on the new anti-TIP legal framework, victims’ rights and Standard Operating Procedures. 

The ATENÇÃO Brasil project will help prepare agents and officers throughout Brazil to faster and more effectively apply the new Brazilian anti-TIP law and the Palermo Protocol. Furthermore, the project will allow for a medium to long term impact through: a) ToT manual and training; b) NRM SOPs; c) facilitation of a multi-institutional anti-TIP forum; and d) bringing closer the various institutions working with this problematic in unprecedented joint efforts to identify, investigate, prosecute and convict perpetrators.

Duration: February 2018 - February 2020

Implementing agency: The project is implemented by ICMPD in partnership with the National Secretariat of Justice and Citizenship (specifically the Department of Justice Policies) and the Federal Police Department, both institutions under the Ministry of Justice and Citizenship of Brazil; the Brazilian Federal Prosecutor’s Office; the Brazilian National Council of Justice; and the Institute of Migration and Human Rights (IMDH), a nation-wide civil society organization working on migration and human rights.

Donor: the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State. 


Study on Trafficking Resilience and Vulnerability en route to Europe (STRIVE)

The STRIVE project is an 18-month research project on trafficking in persons (TIP) along the migrant and refugee routes to the EU during the period 2015-2017, as well as on vulnerabilities to trafficking and factors of resilience to trafficking. The geographical scope of the research is Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia and Serbia, the main transit countries and countries of first arrival in the EU along the Western Balkan route, with field research also conducted in Germany, the most important country of destination, and Italy, the country of first arrival in the EU along the Central Mediterranean route.  

The main research question of the STRIVE study is: what is the incidence of trafficking and what are the vulnerabilities and factors of resilience to trafficking among people making the irregular migration journey to Europe? The affected populations who will be covered in the study are children (both unaccompanied and travelling with their families) and adults from non-EU countries who take the journey by sea and/or overland through the Western Balkans and the Central Mediterranean to Europe. 

Objective:The overall goal of the project is to provide more and better knowledge of trafficking in persons in the context of irregular migratory routes to Europe, in order to inform actions to prevent further cases of trafficking, identify and protect victims and prosecute perpetrators.

Objective 1: To increase the reliability of data and provide the knowledge base to inform actions to address trafficking and vulnerability to trafficking among asylum applicants and migrants en route to Europe.

Objective 2: To significantly improve policy and operational responses in the countries under study in the areas of trafficking prevention, protection and prosecution, based on the research findings and recommendations.

Duration: 1 October 2017 – 31 March 2019 (18 months)

Implementing agency: International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

Donor: US Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP)


Project Outputs:



Trafficking along Migration Routes (TRAM): Identification and Integration of Victims of Trafficking among Vulnerable Groups and Unaccompanied Children

Objective:The main project objective is to support and enable the integration of victims of trafficking among vulnerable migrants and refugees, including separated and unaccompanied children, by establishing a multidisciplinary and transnational approach for early identification, referral, service provision and protection in the context of the current migration and asylum processes in transit and destination countries along the migration route, in particular Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Greece and Sweden.

Duration: January 2017 – August 2018 (20 months)

Implementing agency: International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

Donors: The main project donor is the European Union (Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund). The project is co-funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.

Project partners and co-funding donors:

  • Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat (CBSS)
  • Greek National Centre for Social Solidarity (EKKA)
  • La Strada International (LSI)
  • Bulgarian National Commission to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings (NCCTHB)
  • Terre des hommes (Tdh)

Beneficiaries: Migration, asylum and anti-trafficking authorities (police, frontline responders, social services, labour inspectors, healthcare workers, NGOs) in 6 EU Member States (Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Finland, Germany and Sweden).

Long-term beneficiaries: trafficked children and adults, and refugees and migrants, including separated and unaccompanied children, at risk of trafficking in the context of the current migration and asylum processes in the EU.



Preventing, Identifying and Combating Trafficking in Persons in Turkey (P-TIP Turkey)

Objective: The overall purpose of this project is to enhance the capacity of relevant Turkish anti-trafficking stakeholders and in particular the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM), to fight all forms of the crime of trafficking in persons (TIP) according to a four Ps approach: prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership.

For more information, please visit the P-TIP Turkey webpage.


Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa (FMM West Africa)

Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa (FMM West Africa) aims to maximise the development potential of free movement of persons and migration in West Africa by supporting the effective implementation of the ECOWAS Free Movement of Persons' Protocols and the ECOWAS Common Approach on Migration. FMM West Africa is co-funded by the EU and the ECOWAS Commission, and with a budget of over 26 million Euros, provides technical assistance and capacity-building support to the ECOWAS Commission, the fifteen ECOWAS Member States and Mauritania. Migration data management, border management, labour migration and counter-trafficking are the key areas covered by the project. All activities are steered by the ECOWAS Commission and implemented by an IOM-led consortium that includes ICMPD and the ILO. The Project Support Unit, which implements the project, is based in Abuja, Nigeria. The project commenced on 1 June 2013 and will run for five years. 

For more information, please visit the FMM West Africa webpage.


JEMPAS (Support to the Mobility partnership between the European Union and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan)

Objective: The objective of the project is to support the implementation of the Mobility Partnership between the EU and Jordan with a specific focus on strengthening the capacity of the government to develop and implement their national migration policy.

For more information, please visit the JEMPAS webpage.