The Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT)

ICAT is a policy forum mandated by the UN General Assembly to improve coordination among UN agencies and other relevant international organizations to facilitate a holistic and comprehensive approach to preventing and combating trafficking in persons, including protection and support for victims of trafficking.

ICAT functions are: To provide a platform for exchange of information, experiences and good practices on anti-trafficking activities; to support the activities of the UN and other international organizations with the aim of ensuring a full and comprehensive implementation of all international instruments and standards of relevance for the prevention and combating of trafficking in persons and protection of and support for victims of trafficking; to work towards a comprehensive, coordinated and holistic approach to human trafficking, which is gender and age-sensitive and grounded in a human rights based-approach; and to promote effective and efficient use of existing resources, using, to the extent possible, mechanisms already in place at the regional and national level.

ICAT Members

ICAT Publications

  • ICAT welcomes the award of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Peace to Ms. Nadia Murad

    The Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) congratulates Nadia Murad on her receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize. Ms. Murad, a UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, is the first survivor of trafficking to receive the prize. In addition to the powerful work she has done to raise awareness around trafficking, she helped establish a United Nations investigation into the crimes that she and others endured. Her activism is an inspiring example and an important reminder of the work that must be done to ensure that the voices of survivors and victims of trafficking and sexual slavery are heard and the perpetrators of this crime are brought to justice. Her passionate, persistent, informed, and effective advocacy for victims of trafficking and sexual violence in conflict reflects the importance of survivor leadership in combatting this crime. ICAT advocates for the voices of survivors to be at the center of all policy making and anti-trafficking initiatives. The work of survivors like Nadia should continue to be supported, strengthened and be at the center of all actions to prevent and respond to trafficking in persons.  

    ICAT facilitates a holistic and comprehensive approach to preventing and combating trafficking in persons, including protection and support for survivors of trafficking. The Group supports providing effective remedies for victims of trafficking and gender-sensitive and survivor-centered approach to addressing the crime.

  • Trafficking in Children

    ICAT Issue Brief 06, 07/2018

    • How does trafficking in children differ from trafficking in adults?
    • Data snapshot: what is the scale of trafficking in children?
    • Child-specific drivers and challenges
    • What are ICAT’s recommendations?
  • Key Activities and Achievements of ICAT: An Overview

    This report provides an overview of ICAT’s accomplishments since it was created a decade ago.

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