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

  • The Gender Dimensions of Human Trafficking

    ICAT Issue Brief 04, 09/2017

    • Root cause and risk factors: Why trafficking disproportionally affects women and girls
    • Considerations regarding male victims
    • Recommendations: A gendered approach to prevention and response to trafficking
  • Trafficking in Persons and Refugee Status

    ICAT Issue Brief 03, 09/2017

    This issue brief clarifies the relationship between refugee status and trafficking in persons across a number of situations and provides recommendations on what States can do to ensure that victims of trafficking have access to international protection as refugees where they need it.

  • Trafficking in Persons in Humanitarian Crises

    ICAT Issue Brief 02, 06/2017

    • What makes crisis-affected communities and individuals vulnerable to trafficking in persons?
    • How is the humanitarian community responding to trafficking in persons?
    • What are the key recommendations?