July 30th marks the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Under the theme "Reach every victim of trafficking" IOM looks to raise awareness about developments and trends and will call on governments, law enforcement, public services, and civil society to assess and enhance efforts to strengthen prevention, identify and support victims and survivors, and end impunity.
The widening socio-economic inequalities and displacement due to crises, conflicts, and climate emergencies, have heightened the risks and vulnerability of millions of people on the move. Building on decades of experience and evidence, IOM through partnership with stakeholders including UN Agencies, private sector, and academia among others, has developed data and research to inform policy development, and to promote greater efficiency and impact in the fight against trafficking in persons.
As a long-standing member and current co-chair of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT), and jointly with the UN Network on Migration, we will continue working to apply new tools and knowledge towards stronger counter-trafficking responses to leave no one behind.