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United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery - Decision Making

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The UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery is subject to UN Rules and Regulations, and is managed by the United Nations Secretary-General through the OHCHR, with the advice of a Board of Trustees composed of five independent experts. The Board meets once a year to determine priorities, review its policies and practices and adopt recommendations on grants (December session).

Grants are awarded on a yearly basis, and can be renewed if conditions are met. A call for proposals is issued every year in the spring. Applications may be submitted in English, French, Spanish.

Between June and December, the Secretariat of the Fund analyses applications submitted as well as narrative, financial and audit reports on the use of the previous grants, and organizes pre-screening visits to projects of new applicants as well as regular monitoring visits to the Fund’s grantees.

The recommendations on grants adopted by the Board in December are endorsed by the Secretary-General. As a rule, grants are disbursed in the first months of the following year.

The Board of Trustees

In accordance with General Assembly resolution 46/122, the Board of Trustees is comprised of a Chairperson and four members representing each of the five geographical regions (Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Western European and Other States). Board members are appointed by the Secretary-General from amongst experts with wide experience in the field of human rights, in particular contemporary forms of slavery and its effects on individuals, families and communities, and ideally with knowledge of fundraising and project management.

Appointments are for a period of three years, which can be renewed once.

In June 2011 the Secretary General appointed three members of the Board of Trustees of the Fund, as well as renewed the mandate of two members, until end of December 2013. The composition of the current Board is as follows:

 Ms. Virginia Herrera Murillo

Ms. Virginia Herrera Murillo (Costa Rica) is a sociologist with over 17 years of combined expertise in Local Development Management and work experience as a Child Rights Advocate and Activist on child domestic labour issues and sexual exploitation of children. She is currently the Executive Director of Defensa de los Ninos y Ninas Internacional (1994-Present), an NGO working against child labour in Costa Rica. At the national level, Ms. Murillo was a founding member and Chair of the Costa Rican National Child Rights Coalition (1994-2005). At the Regional Level she co-founded the “Foros Iberoamericanos de Ongs de Infancia y Adolescentes” and as co-founder of the Latin America Regional Secretariat for the United Nations Study on Violence Against Children; she has been actively involved in coordinating the Violence Working Group of the Global Movement for Children/Latin America and Caribbean Chapter. Ms. Murillo is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

 Ms. Klara Skrivankova

Ms. Klara Skrivankova (Czech Republic) is currently coordinating anti-trafficking programs at Anti-Slavery International. She has been working on issues of contemporary forms of slavery, in particular trafficking in human beings, since 2000. In the past eight years she has developed several programmes and projects establishing responses on the ground for the benefit of those trafficked and those vulnerable to trafficking and other forms of slavery, such as forced labour. Ms. Klara Skrivankova was a deputy permanent member (2003-2005) of the Governmental Council on Human Rights, an advisory body to the Czech Government. In 2007, she co-founded with two British barristers, the Trafficking Law and Policy Forum, a platform that brings together NGOs working in the field of human trafficking with lawyers and individuals working in other sectors of society. She was also a Member of the Independent Advisory Group and the Prevention Sub-group to the UK Human Trafficking Centre.

 Ms. Asma Jahangir

Ms. Asma Jahangir (Pakistan) is a leading Pakistani lawyer, advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan and human rights activist, who works both in Pakistan and internationally to prevent the persecution of religious minorities, women, and exploitation of children. She was Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief from 2004 to 2010 and Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary and Summary Executions from 1998-2004. She was the Chairperson of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. She has spent most of her career defending the rights of women, religious minorities, and children of Pakistan. In 1995, Ms. Jahangir received the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders and the Ramon Magsaysay Award. She was also awarded the Bernard Simons Memorial Award of the International Bar Association in 2000.

 Mr. George Omona

Mr. George Omona (Uganda) is a social worker that has for the past 20 years been active in providing assistance to communities in Northern Uganda especially during the conflict emergency. He has previously worked for the Gulu Support the Children Organisation (GUSCO). He is the former Director of the Agency for Cooperation on Research and Development (ACORD). He received the Anti Slavery International Award in 2000 in recognition of his work with children affected by armed conflict, particularly those abducted by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda.

 Mr. Mike Dottridge Mr. Mike Dottridge (United Kingdom) is a consultant on human rights and child rights and author of numerous publications dealing with international human rights law and contemporary forms of slavery. He has extensive experience in managing and evaluating projects. From 1996 until 2002 he was the director of a London-based non-governmental organization, Anti-Slavery International. He worked previously in Amnesty International’s Africa Programme.

The Board of Trustees has met annually since 1997 to consider new or ongoing project applications, approve the extension of grants, set guidelines for applicants including admissibility criteria and consider policy issues for administration of the Fund.

During its meetings, the Board also holds ad hoc consultations with donors. The Board sometimes meets with project leaders of funded organisations in order to better understand the complexities that are faced by organizations providing services to victims of slavery. The Board members may visit projects in the field.

The Secretariat

The Secretariat is composed of staff members of OHCHR, who are responsible for all administrative functions of the Fund and are the first point of contact between the Board of Trustees and organizations.

The Secretariat monitors and evaluates the use of grants, including through project visits, pre-screens new projects applications, maintains contacts with other institutional donors in the field of assistance to victims of torture as well as donors to the Fund, prepares annual reports on the Fund, keeps abreast of the jurisprudence on contemporary forms of slavery and services the sessions of the Board. 


How to apply to the Fund

Who can apply

The grants cycle

Revised version: Guidelines of the Fund for the use of applicants and Grantees
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On-line application System (GMS)

How to report to the Fund

Upon receipt of the grant, beneficiaries are requested to fill in and sign the receipt form and the banking form

Acknowledge receipt form

Banking form

First time grantees

All first-time grantees are requested to submit a progress report on the first six months of the use of the grant awarded through the online system (GMS), by 15 JULY every year. Please, click here to access GMS.

How to contribute to the Slavery Fund

Financial situation of the Fund

List of current donors

How to contribute to the Fund

Forthcoming events

19th Session of the Board of Trustees: Geneva, 24 to 28 November 2014

20th anniversary of the Fund

UN Voluntary Fund on SlaveryThe UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery
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Abolishing Slavery and its Contemporary Forms
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Outreach activities

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December 2013

Message of the Secretary General on the United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December 2013

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