Trafficking in Persons is a crime and grave human rights violation affecting men, women and children all around the world, in peace and during conflicts and disasters. IOM is a leader in counter-trafficking, drawing on quarter century of experience and having directly assisted over 100,000 people. 

IOM works closely with governments, the United Nations, international and non-governmental organizations, the private sector and human rights, peace and development actors across humanitarian and development settings, to achieve our common goals.  


IOM works in support of three main groups in times of peace and crisis

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Migrants who have been subject to trafficking in persons
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People at risk of trafficking and other forms of violence, exploitation and abuse, including migrants 
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And our partners, including governments, private sector and civil society  


Traffickers capitalize on the widespread human, material, social and economic losses and consequent vulnerabilities caused by emergencies. Humanitarian crises not only intensify existing trends of Trafficking in Persons, but they can also lead to new forms of trafficking. 


The change that we want

Aims 1

Contribute to improvements in the health, safety and well-being of people who have been trafficked

Aims 2

Strengthen the prevention and protection measures for people at risk of trafficking, including migrants

Aims 3

Help governments, the private sector and civil society enhance their prevention and protection responses to counter trafficking


IOM encourages Member States and key actors to engage in eliminating trafficking. It does so by contributing to a number of regional and international multilateral processes, including the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT), the Global Protection Cluster Anti-Trafficking Task Team in Humanitarian Action, Alliance 8.7, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. 
IOM also works with humanitarian actors to ensure that anti-trafficking considerations are integrated within emergency response interventions, to prevent and mitigate risk of further harm. 



comprehensive approach

A Comprehensive Approach

IOM takes a comprehensive approach to addressing Trafficking in Persons. Advocating for rights, and protecting the physical, mental and social well-being of individuals and their communities, and promoting sustainability through institutional capacity development and partnerships, are at the centre of all of the Organizations’ counter-trafficking efforts.

Eight key areas in IOM’s counter-trafficking efforts have been identified.  


8 Ways Approach