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Purpose of the Fund

More than 40 million people around the world remain enslaved today. The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery brings relief to those whose human rights have been severely violated as a result of this affront to human dignity, abolished worldwide, but persisting in practice.

By awarding grants to civil society organizations, the Fund ensures that thousands of men, women and children subjected to slavery around the world today receive humanitarian, psychological, social, legal, medical, financial and other assistance.

The UN Slavery Fund is characterized by its victim-centred approach and its universality, its agility and ability to reach remote locations and empower grassroots initiatives. Its impact is felt on the ground, in the everyday lives of victims and survivors on their road to recovery.

As part of the UN anti-slavery framework, the Fund fills a niche of direct relief for victims and of building resilience for survivors and civil society. Through strategic partnerships, the Fund complements and leverages the monitoring, reporting, advocacy and advisory role of other UN mechanisms combatting contemporary forms of slavery. 

How the Fund works

The Fund is managed by the United Nations Human Rights Office, with the advice of a Board of Trustees composed of five independent experts. Grants ranging from 15,000 to 30,000 USD are awarded yearly on a competitive basis. A call for proposals is open every year from 15 January to 1 March. The Secretariat of the Fund evaluates applications — including through on-site visits — and reviews grant implementation through the analysis of the narrative, financial and audit reports. The Board meets once a year to determine priorities, review policies and adopt recommendations on grants.

Beneficiaries of the Fund

Since its establishment by the General Assembly in 1991 (resolution 46/122), the UN Slavery Fund has awarded more than 8 million USD to over 400 organizations in more than 100 countries, providing rehabilitation and assistance to thousands of individuals whose human rights have been severely violated as a result of contemporary forms of slavery, including:

  • Children in armed conflict
  • Debt bondage
  • Forced and early marriage
  • Forced labour
  • Traditional slavery
  • Trafficking of persons
  • Sale of children
  • Sale of wives
  • Serfdom
  • Sexual slavery
  • Widow inheritance
  • Worst forms of child labour

The Fund receives voluntary contributions from Governments, private or public entities and individuals.

The Fund in 2024

Project Map of the Fund in 2023

In 2024, the UN Slavery Fund awarded 45 annual grants to assist over 10,000 slavery survivors in 35 countries around the world for an amount of USD 1,096,100. This was possible thanks to the generous voluntary contributions of 10 Member States.

Fact Sheet on 2024

List of annual grants 2024

List of contributions 2023

Key documents

Flyer for the UN Slavery Fund (PDF) English | Français | Español

Latest reports


ROAD TO RECOVERY: Improving the response to contemporary forms of slavery for vunerable groups, including displaced persons
21 September 2021

30th Anniversary events
2 June 2021

Webinar to commemorate the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, on “Contemporary Slavery and Racial Discrimination: Civil Society Support to Survivors during the Pandemic”. Flyer,  Summary report and Video
2 December 2020

Contact information

United Nations Voluntary Fund on Contemporary forms of Slavery,
OHCHR-UNOG, 8-14 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneve 10,
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (41) 22 917 9376
Fax: (41) 22 917 9017