UN.GIFT was established in 2007 as a working group to combat human trafficking through the framework of the various agreements signed by member states of the UN. It’s efforts are based primarily around the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons and a model of prevention through reducing the conditions that make individuals, families and whole communities vulnerable to trafficking.
The purpose of our working group is to partner with the international effort of abolition through the realization of these objectives at the local level.
TO RAISE AWARENESS | to tell the world that human trafficking exists and mobilize people to stop it.
TO STRENGTHEN PREVENTION | to inform vulnerable groups and alleviate the factors that make people vulnerable to trafficking.
TO REDUCE DEMAND | to attack the problem at its source by lowering incentives to trade and lowering demand for the products and services of exploited people.
TO SUPPORT AND PROTECT THE VICTIMS | to ensure housing, counseling, medical, psychological and material assistance, keeping in mind the special needs of women and children and people at risk, such as those in a refugee camps and conflict zones.
TO IMPROVE LAW ENFORCEMENT EFFECTIVENESS | to improve information exchange on trafficking routes, trafficker profiles and victim identification in order to dismantle criminal groups and convict more traffickers. For those convicted, to ensure that the punishment fits the crime.
TO IMPLEMENT INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS | to ensure that international commitments are turned into national laws and practice by targeting technical and legal assistance to countries in greatest need and improving monitoring and implementation.
TO ENRICH THE DATABASE | to deepen global understanding of the scope and nature of trafficking in persons by more data collection and analysis, better data-sharing, joint research initiatives and creating an evidence-based report on global trafficking trends.
TO STRENGTHEN PARTNERSHIPS | to build up regional and thematic networks involving civil society, intergovernmental organizations and the private sector.
TO ENSURE RESOURCES | to attract and leverage resources for the sustainable funding of projects around the world committed to ending human trafficking.
TO STRENGTHEN MEMBER STATES’ PARTICIPATION | to give Member States a strong sense of ownership in the process and create long-term momentum.