“Don’t talk about us without us” is a familiar maxim among NGO representatives at the United Nations to illustrate the importance of the inclusion of voices from the grassroots, especially the population they represent as stakeholders in the negotiation of policies that directly impact these individuals. It implies that real experts on an issue are those who have lived the experience.  

The theme for the 2021 World Day against Trafficking in Persons (30 July), “Victims’ Voices Leads the Way,” highlights the key message that survivors of human trafficking are key actors in the fight against this scourge. A special event to commemorate the World Day organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Permanent Mission of Belarus, on behalf of the Group of Friends United against Human Trafficking, addresses this theme. The event highlighted the importance of listening to and learning from victims and survivors of human trafficking. It drew attention to victims and survivors as key actors in the fight against human trafficking and addresses their crucial role in counter-trafficking conversations and responses; including establishing effective measures to prevent this crime, identifying and rescuing victims and survivors, and supporting them on their road to rehabilitation. Survivor-advocates, Member States representatives, and other stakeholders were among the speakers at the event. Watch the event HERE

Learn more:

“Victims’ Voices Lead the Way”: A Special Event on World Day against Trafficking in Persons:

Survivors’ stories;

Global Report on Human Trafficking 2020;

World Day against Trafficking in Persons:

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