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Funds Available to Help Victims of Modern Slavery

January 22nd, 2009

Are you involved in a program to help victims of modern slavery?

The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery allocates project grants (for a maximum of US$15,000), for programs of humanitarian, legal and financial assistance to individuals whose human rights have been severely violated as a result of contemporary forms of slavery. Contemporary forms of slavery include trafficking, sexual slavery, child labor and child servitude, debt bondage, serfdom and forced labor, forced marriage and sale of wives etc.

Projects undertaken with previous Trust Fund grants include medical and psychological aid, food, shelter, and vocational training to victims of trafficking for sexual and economic exploitation; support to rehabilitation centers for sexually and physically abused street children and a project to identify and release bonded laborers in the carpet industry and stone quarries. Other projects have provided victims with the means to generate sustainable sources of income, such as sewing machines, hairdressing equipment, or farming tools.

Application forms should be duly completed and submitted by 31 March 2009.

The application form is available in English on the OHCHR website – click on Applications in the left Sidebar, or download here.

If you need more information on the Fund, you can consult the website of
the OHCHR.
You can also contact OHCR by email. mclerc@ohchr. org

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