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WHO WE AREThe International Organization for Migration (IOM) is part of the United Nations System as the leading inter-governmental organization promoting since 1951 humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all, with 175 member states and a presence in over 100 countries. IOM has been active in South-Eastern, Eastern Europe and Central Asia since 1990.
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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
We have added new content on the Regional Office website and YouTube Channel to mark our contribution to the fight against human trafficking, which IOM DG António Vitorino describes as "a global crime that impacts people of all ages, gender and nationalities".
On our YouTube channel and on this website you will find a selection of trafficking-related stories and videos produced by our missions across the region.
Andrey's story tells of his escape from labour exploitation in the Russian Federation, walking home to Belarus through forests. With IOM's help he has started a small market gardening enterprise
Natallia's story is the moving and poignant account of a Belarusian widow who was trafficked into sexual exploitation in Poland. Natallia became an alcoholic and lost her children, but with help form IOM and other organizations she managed to get her life back on track. Now she's a loving mother and farmer.
A PSA from Georgia urges people to Trust Your Gut Feeling if concerned about human trafficking.
IOM Bosnia and Herzegovina has produced an animation to warn of the phenomenon of child begging
A cover article from the prestigious UN Chronicle by RO Vienna specialist Heather Komenda charts the progress made in the fight against human trafficking but notes that much more still needs to be done.
The DDG's message is posted here