Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children

Introduction

Filipino migrant workers are reunited with their families following conflict in Lebanon in 2006. © IOM Photo/Angelo JacintoAt its sixtieth session, the UN Commission on Human Rights adopted decision 2004/110, by which it decided to appoint, for a three-year period, a Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, to focus on the human rights aspects of the victims of trafficking in persons.

In July 2020, the mandate of the Special Rapporteur was extended again for three years by Human Rights Council resolution 44/4.

In the discharge of his/her mandate, the Special Rapporteur:

a) Takes action on violations committed against trafficked persons and on situations in which there has been a failure to protect their human rights (See how to submit individual complaints; See previous communications from Special Rapporteurs);
b) Undertakes country visits in order to study the situation in situ and formulate recommendations to prevent and/or combat trafficking, and protect the human rights of victims of trafficking in specific countries and/or regions;
c) Submits annual reports to the UN Human Rights Council and the General Assembly.  

Please send an email to SRtrafficking@ohchr.org or fill-in an online form available at https://spsubmission.ohchr.org/ if you would like to submit information to the Special Rapporteur.

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Highlights

Comments by the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children to the Draft General Recommendation no.°36 on preventing and combating racial profiling

The importance of implementing the non- punishment provision: the obligation to protect victims

The impact and consequences of COVID-19 on trafficked and exploited persons

20 Years After: Implementing and Going Beyond the Palermo Protocol – Two webinars on the 20th anniversary of the Palermo Protocol

Statement to the General Assembly for the presentation of the report on access to remedy for victims of trafficking for abuses committed by businesses and their suppliers

Keynote Speech to the UN Security Council on integrating a comprehensive approach to trafficking in persons into the Women, Peace and Security agenda of the Security Council (Arria meeting formula)’ – 25 October 2019

Publication

First decade of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children

Other keynote speeches

Statement of the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children on the occasion of the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

Keynote Speech in the occasion of the CEDAW Half-Day of General Discussion on General Recommendation on Trafficking in Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration – (22 February 2019)

Statement to the UN Security Council  – 21 November 2017

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Current Special Rapporteur

Ms. Siobhán Mullally (Ireland)
(2020-)

Former Special Rapporteurs

Ms. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro (Italy) (2014-2020)
Ms. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo (Nigeria) (2008 - 2014)
Ms. Sigma Huda (Bangladesh) (2004-2008)