Civil Society Organizations

Civil society organizations (CSOs) have a particularly important role to play in the fight against human trafficking. They engage in a broad variety of activities from lobbying and advocating for the issue to providing direct support to the victims.

The growing diversity and sophistication of civil society actors in the fight against human trafficking presents with new opportunities in building creative alliances.

UN.GIFT continues to draw on CSOs' expertise and experience to advise other stakeholders on promising practices and connects organizations across continents. CSOs contribute with knowledge and insight from the ground, which is then used to design and implement projects in the field.


Comité contre L'esclavage moderne (CCEM) is a French NGO which deals with the issue of human trafficking for the purpose of economic exploitation, mainly domestic servitude. CCEM offers juridical, educational and socio-psychological support to victims and works to sensitize the general public to the topic.

ECPAT International - A global network of organisations and individuals working together for the elimination of child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes. It seeks to encourage the world community to ensure that children everywhere enjoy their fundamental rights free and secure from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.

The Ewa'a Shelter in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, was established in 2008 and became operational in January 2009. It provides temporary shelter for up to 30 women and children victims of human trafficking and offers psychological, medical, and legal assistance as well as support in rehabilitation. Other projects the Ewa'a Shelter staff are working on include a website and a multilingual hotline, through which women can contact the shelter.

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) founded in 1998 and launched by the U.S.-based National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, works to identify and coordinate a global network of organizations fighting child-sexual exploitation and abduction.

LEFÖ - Counselling, Education and Support for Migrant Women - works to support and protect women victims of human trafficking in Austria. The Centre offers temporary shelter, counselling, medical assistance and legal support.

The goal of the Protection Project is to research and document the global scope of the problem of trafficking in persons and, through the dissemination of relevant and timely information, to influence policy and practice in the war against trafficking.

Stop the Traffik (STT) is a global non-governmental movement against trafficking in persons. It has more than 1000 member organisations in 50 countries, most of them at grass root level. STT member organizations engage in raising awarness and educating communities about human trafficking.

The Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) is a Nigerian NGO, which was initiated and founded by Her Excellency, Chief (Mrs.) Amina Titi Atiku Abubakar in 1999. It is committed to building an international coalition that restores human dignity through empowerment, education and advocacy.

La Strada International a network of eight independent non-governmental organisations, with its Secretariat in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. La Strada International focuses on addressing human trafficking in Europe- working from a human rights perspective. Its primary goal is to improve the universal rights of individuals, especially women, including the right to emigrate and work aboard, and to be protected from exploitation and abuse. The core activities of La Strada International comprise of Information, Lobby and Advocacy; Prevention and Education; Assistance and Support.