Impact of Covid-19

Covid virus

Covid-19 has had, and continues to have, an incredible impact on the lives of many people including victims and survivors of human trafficking. The Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT), UN’s lead inter-agency platform on trafficking in persons, recognizes the importance of global efforts to respond to such an unprecedented crisis.

At the same time, those responsible for developing and implementing these responses must consider the implications of such measures for victims and survivors of trafficking and safeguard fundamental rights in this time of pandemic. A number of initiatives have been actioned across the ICAT membership to increase advocacy and policy guidance in identifying key areas of concern and developing responses to address the impact of COVID-19. A number of resources related to trafficking in persons and Covid-19 are available on the UNODC (UN Office of Drugs and Crime) website.

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