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Chairs' Annual Report 2022

This Annual Report presents the highlights of the work undertaken by the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) under the co-chairpersonship of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in 2022, a year plagued by multiple crises including climate change-induced disasters, the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, global economic and food insecurity, forced displacement and conflicts.

ICAT calls for stronger action and cooperation to counter human trafficking in humanitarian crises and conflicts

With the world currently experiencing multiple crises with serious humanitarian consequences, the Heads of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) agencies have released a Call to Action urging States, humanitarian actors and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen efforts and cooperation to prevent and combat human trafficking in humanitarian crises and conflict situations.

ICAT calls for leveraging technology to end trafficking in persons

On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 2022, the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) calls upon all States, in cooperation with relevant stakeholders including the private sector, to harness the immense potential that technology offers in countering trafficking in persons.

Issue Brief 12 - Addressing vulnerability to trafficking in persons

Evidence collected in the past decades clearly illustrates that there are a variety of factors that intersect to enhance the vulnerability of certain individuals and their risks of being targeted and recruited by traffickers. This ICAT brief sheds light on the concept of vulnerability and the different dimensions and factors that make a person vulnerable to trafficking in persons, while providing recommendations to relevant stakeholders in addressing those factors and mitigating the related risks.

Chairs' Annual Report 2021

The 2021 ICAT Chairs’ Annual Report presents key milestones for ICAT in 2021 under its UNHCR and UNODC co-chairpersonship, including stronger engagement of victims and survivors of trafficking; the promotion of sustainable procurement to mitigate risks of trafficking in global supply chains, including in the UN´s own procurement practices; the development and implementation of an outreach strategy to country-level stakeholders; and multi-agency inputs and support to UN processes such as the quadrennial appraisal of the UN General Assembly’s Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

ICAT´s contribution to the Progress Declaration of the International Migration Review Forum

The Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) welcomes the convening of the first International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) in May 2022 since the adoption of the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), to review the progress made in the implementation of the GCM. Through this submission, ICAT offers some recommendations to States on trafficking in persons in the context of international migration, to inform the intergovernmental negotiations on the Progress Declaration to be adopted at the IMRF.

UN Heads' Call for Action on Trafficking in Persons

At their third meeting, on 15 November 2021, the Heads of the thirty United Nations entities and other international and regional organizations making up the Inter-Agency Coordination Group Against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) released a joint statement, calling States to enhance global responses to trafficking in persons, on the occasion of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons and the Political Declaration to be adopted by the UN General Assembly on 22-23 November 2021.

Issue Brief 11 - Trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal

Worldwide, an acute shortage of human organs for transplantation prevails. The gap between the growing demand for organ transplants and the limited supply is a contributing factor to increased abuses in the transplant process, including resorting to trafficking in persons for unlawfully obtaining organs. This issue brief provides an overview of trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal, its scope and impact. It further provides recommendations for States and practitioners on how to tackle this issue.


Issue Brief 10 - Preventing Trafficking in Persons: the Role of Public Procurement

Trafficking in persons is a human rights violation and a lucrative crime that is often found in the production of goods and in the delivery of services we consume, including those procured by governments and other public entities. This Issue Brief explains the role of public procurement in preventing trafficking for forced labor. It outlines the international and national policy framework; elaborates on various aspects of procurement including how to achieve sustainable procurement; informs about relevant international co-operation and partnerships; and provides recommendations for relevant stakeholders.


ICAT calls on stakeholders to include victims and survivors’ perspectives in all anti-trafficking actions

On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) collectively pays tribute to victims and survivors of all forms of trafficking in persons, and calls on relevant stakeholders to ensure their voices and perspectives are included in all anti-trafficking actions.