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.