July 30th marks the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (WDATIP). A day set aside to raise awareness of the plight of human trafficking victims and to promote and protect their rights. Trafficking in Persons (TIP) is a crime and grave human rights violation of enormous scale, which is prevalent in situations of vulnerability.
This year, IOM will be marking this day under the theme Prevent, Protect and Prosecute to highlight the need for action and the importance of having an integrated approach in addressing trafficking. The Organization also joins the United Nations System to raise awareness under the global theme "Use and abuse of technology", since technology is a tool that can both enable and impede human trafficking.
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 the Organization’s counter-trafficking efforts.