OHCHR - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva

The OHCHR trafficking programme focuses on the integration of human rights into anti-trafficking initiatives at the legal, political and programme levels. Its anti-trafficking work is based on a dual strategy that addresses prevention by focusing on root economic and social causes that create vulnerability, and reinforcing victim assistance and protection.

OHCHR is guided in its anti-trafficking work by two fundamental considerations: human rights must be at the core of any credible anti-trafficking strategy; and anti-trafficking initiatives must not in any way adversely affect the rights of trafficked persons, or those vulnerable to trafficking.

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The establishment of a new mandate for the OHCHR Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings guides the organization's anti-trafficking activities.

Since 1999, OHCHR has been carrying out an anti-trafficking programme entitled Eliminating Trafficking and Protecting the Rights of Trafficked Persons under its Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation and in the Field of Human Rights. Through bi-annual resolutions on trafficking by the Commission on Human Rights, OHCHR is mandated to address human trafficking at the international, regional and national levels.

In developing detailed human rights-based responses to each stage of the trafficking cycle, OHCHR's Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking issued in July 2002, serves as a framework document.

OHCHR Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons