- To foster awareness, global commitment and action to counter human trafficking in partnership with different stakeholders including governments, the international community, non governmental organizations and other elements of civil society and the media; and
- To assist countries in creating and strengthening
support structures for victims of trafficking.
Global awareness of human trafficking is growing, but the level of knowledge remains very low. This increases the vulnerability of potential victims.
The Global Initiative provides a unique opportunity to share knowledge, best-practises and partnerships with all stakeholders as well as with the media.
UN.GIFT goes beyond the basic awareness-raising campaigns, securing a more innovative approach by strengthening partnerships and enlarging the role played by civil society and the private sector. Strong and novel public-private partnerships and regional and topical networks can help to raise public awareness.
The most significant challenge facing UN.GIFT is the creation of a comprehensive knowledge base. Many governments, organizations and individuals around the world are committed to fighting human trafficking, but the absence of reliable data cripples their efforts.
The very clandestine nature of human trafficking makes the gathering of relevant and useful information difficult. Far more data is needed on the extent of this crime, its geographical spread and the many forms it takes. A lack of primary data makes it difficult to identify the factors that cause trafficking, establish best practices to prevent it, and assess and measure impacts. This must be rectified.
The knowledge gap needs to be filled in order to formulate effective strategies. The research component of UN.GIFT aims to deepen understanding of human trafficking by improving data collection, analysis, sharing of knowledge, and joint research initiatives.
States need better national capacity to fight human trafficking. Drawing on an expanded knowledge base, stakeholders are able to create and develop practical tools to prevent human trafficking, protect victims and bring criminals to justice.
These include manuals for law enforcement agencies, judges, prosecutors, and victim support groups, as well as draft legislation to assist national programmes and fact-sheets for use in raising awareness.
A Global Human Trafficking Assessment Tool will standardize methodology to collect and analyze national data on human trafficking. A Legislative Assessment Tool is assisting the collection and analysis of best practices in anti-trafficking legislation.
Brochure: United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (PDF)
UN.GIFT Progress Update: August 2008
UN.GIFT Progress Update: August 2009