July 30th is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Updated: July 1, 2023

THEME 2023: “Reach every victim of trafficking, leave no one behind.”

“The campaign for World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2023 aims to raise awareness of disturbing developments and trends identified by UNODC and calls on governments, law enforcement, public services, and civil society to assess and enhance their efforts to strengthen prevention, identify and support victims, and end impunity.” – United Nations – Office on Drugs and Crime 

“Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labor and sex.  Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims. Traffickers the world over continue to target women and girls. The vast majority of detected victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation and 35% of those trafficked for forced labor are female. Conflict further exacerbates vulnerabilities, with armed groups exploiting civilians and traffickers targeting forcibly displaced people.” – United Nations

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Improved Response to Trafficking in Persons (2021-2023)
May 2022 Report Summary Exploitation and Abuse:  The Scale and Scope of in Southeastern Europe
May 2022 Report Exploitation and Abuse: The Scale and Scope of in Southeastern Europe
Cooperation is key to countering human trafficking and migrant smuggling: UNODC facilitates training on Mutual Legal Assistance request drafting

Ukraine Crisis Creates New Trafficking Risks – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
Human Trafficking – Interpol
Slavery Still Exists – International Justice Mission
Ending Human Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation – Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)
Human Trafficking Victims Rescue – Our Underground Railroad
End Sexual Exploitation of Children – ECPAT International
Stop Child Trafficking – Protect All Children From Trafficking (PACT) (formerly ECPAT USA)
Fighting Human Trafficking in Ukraine – The Borgen Project
The 1.5 million children who fled Ukraine are at risk of human trafficking – National Public Radio (NPR)
CWNY’s list of resources on Human Trafficking awareness and prevention – Center for the Women of New York (CWNY)