2016 marked the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Palermo Protocol.

This protocol is meant to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children. Despite this, at least 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labour and bonded labour. Of these, women and girls make up 98% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

International Women's Initiative’s The Human Project is looking at forms of human trafficking that disproportionately affect women and girls and the methods of recruitment that target these groups. We will help to create a world where women and girls can live free from exploitation and full of dignity.

What We Are Doing

In addition to awareness raising and education, The Human Project will work in collaboration with regional partners to establish the Summit Safe House for female trafficking survivors. The Summit Safe House will be a residential facility that will provide a programme specifically designed to support a survivor's recovery from trafficking. The Summit Safe House will provide high-quality psychological support, safe accommodation and advocacy. In collaboration with partner organisations, IWI will staff the safe house with case managers, as well as link to other services, who can provide individual comprehensive care to survivors. We will work with women to create individual support plans and will provide an educational scholarship to set women on a long-term path of well-being and empowerment.

Check back soon for more information on this project.