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Joint Programme of IOM, UNHCR and UNODC under UN.GIFT to Combat Human Trafficking in Serbia

Location: Serbia

Government institution: Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Commissariat for Refugees and IDPs

Participating Agencies: IOM, UNODC, UNHCR
Time Frame: 2 years
Budget: US$1,654,944
Anticipated Start: 01 June 2010
Pledges to date: $680,000 (Belgium) $530,000 (UN.GIFT), $200,000 (Switzerland)

Background Information:

Serbia ratified the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children in 2001 and has incorporated relevant provisions into its national legislation and National Anti Trafficking Strategy. Serbia also established a National Referral Mechanism for combating trafficking in persons in 2001.  The Stabilization and Association Agreement between the European Communities and the Republic of Serbia (SAA) includes the fight against human trafficking as one of the main priorities for the country's accession to the EU.

The Serbian government has adopted a National Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings (2009-2011) but it remains to be fully implemented.  Despite the measures taken to date, Serbia remains a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking, and domestic trafficking is also a problem.


Brief description of the programme:

The UN.GIFT Joint Programme to Combat Human Trafficking developed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Serbia, together with the Serbian government, aims to operationalize the National Action Plan.  The programme builds on the achievements of existing initiatives and institutional arrangements, as well as on the acquired expertise of UN agencies in this field.


The programme's specific objectives are:

1) To strengthen national capacities to implement the National Action Plan and to improve coordination within the National Referral Mechanism;

2) To create a sustainable framework for systematic prevention of trafficking in human beings among particularly vulnerable groups;

3) To strengthen the criminal justice responses;

4) To improve mechanisms for protection and (re)integration of potential and actual victims of human trafficking (children and adults), including those identified within the asylum channels.



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Ms. Jovana Mihajlovic

Joint Programme of UNHCR, UNODC and IOM to Combat Human Trafficking in Serbia

Programme Manager

Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 2, New Belgrade, Serbia

Phone/Fax: +381.11.3129.737, 3129.746


Ms. Claudia Gioffre
Programme Development Specialist, UN.GIFT
+43-1 26060 - 4584