Luxembourg contributes to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons
In the context of the interactive dialogue held on 3 April 2012 under the aegis of the President of the General Assembly and co-organised by UNODC and the Group of Friends for the Fight against Human Trafficking, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas co-chaired a Panel of experts on assistance to the victims of trafficking.
Intervening in a national capacity, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Luxembourg, Mr Olivier Maes underlined the importance of a good coordination of activities of prevention, repression and support to victims. Given that no country is immune to human trafficking, all UN Member States must commit themselves to fighting this crime by ratifying and implementing as a matter of priority the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children. All their attention needs to be given to the measures for the protection of and assistance to victims listed in the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, which was adopted in July 2010.
Mr Maes also announced a new contribution by Luxembourg to the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons of EUR 30,000 (approximately USD 40,000). These funds will support activities to help victims of trafficking to surpass the physical and psychological consequences of the trauma they have suffered.