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2012 UN.GIFT Year in Review

Efforts to combat human trafficking and end modern-day slavery were high on global priorities in 2012: US President Barack Obama announced measures to crack down on traffickers; the European Commission passed the  "EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings (2012-2016)"; trafficking has now been criminalized in 134 countries and territories around the world.


Here's a look back at the past twelve months at UN.GIFT as well as at some of the most important human trafficking news and initiatives launched through 2012.




UN.GIFT presents Strategic Plan 2012-2014 to the United Nations


Private sector partnerships crucial in combating human trafficking, say webinar panelists


UN.GIFT, Wendy's (Bahamas), and the Bahamas Ministry of National Security collaborate to launch "Trafficking in Persons" campaign


21 million people are now victims of forced labour, ILO says


Moldova: UN Trust Fund supports provision of legal assistance to victims of human trafficking


US State Department releases 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report


UN.GIFT featured in US Trafficking in Persons 2012 Annual Report


Human trafficking: organized crime and the multi-billion dollar sale of people


GIFT boxes raise awareness during Olympic Games about human trafficking


EU Commission adopts anti-human trafficking strategy


LexisNexis launches Human Trafficking Awareness Index


Obama renews efforts to combat human trafficking, issues executive order


Human trafficking under spotlight at Conference of Parties meeting


TeachUNICEF aims to raise awareness about child trafficking


Hollywood artists team up with the ILO to end slavery


Increase in global child trafficking gives cause for concern, says new UNODC report


UN.GIFT Interview series


Interview with songwriter Lonnie Ray Atkinson


Interview with filmmaker Mimi Chakarova


Interview with Special Advisor for Victims Rani Hong


Interview with filmmaker Jamillah van der Hulst


Interview with CNN investigative journalist Dan Rivers


Interview with activist Somaly Mam


Interview with Kristiina Kangaspunta, Chief of the UNODC's Global Report on Trafficking in Persons Unit, on the 2012 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons