Saturday, June 13, 2009

UNESCO's Trafficking Statistics Project

The UNESCO TRAFFICKING STATISTICS PROJECT is a first step toward clarifying what we know, what we think we know, and what we don't know about trafficking in human beings.

As part of its mandate to strengthen research, UNESCO is conducting a literature review and meta-analysis of existing statements on trafficking. UNESCO is tracing the origin of numbers cited by various sources, attempting to ascertain the methodology by which these numbers were calculated, and evaluating their validity. The aim is to clarify the bases on which estimates of the numbers of trafficked persons are derived, and to separate trafficking myths from trafficking realities.


David Feingold, Ph.D. said...

Thank you for drawing attention to the UNESCO Trafficking Statistics Project. This is a sub-project of the UNESCO Trafficking Project, developed and run by the Culture Sector (NOT Social Science), UNESCO, Bangkok, and covers the Greater Mekong Sub-Region. UNESCO is on the Management Board of the UN Inter-Agency Trafficking Project (UNIAP). UNESCO has two mandates in the field of counter-trafficking: we are the lead agency for research, and we have a special mandate for minorities. Minorities are disproportionately represented among traffficking victims in this region. UNESCO is the ONLY international organization producing culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention materials in minority languages. Our work has received generous support fom the ADB and the U.K. Government, among others.

On anothe topic, as an American at UNESCO, I too think both the U.S. and UNESCO would benefit from support of Associate Experts.

David A. Feingold, International Coordinator HIV/AIDS & Trafficking Projects, Regional Office for Culture, UNESCO, Bangkok

John Daly said...

I stand corrected.

Thank you for the information, and for the endorsement of a U.S. participation in the Associate Experts program of UNESCO.