Objective of the programme

The International Organization for Migration’s Protection Division is providing support to front-line counter-trafficking organizations to strengthen their Victim Case Management Systems (VCMS) and data management capacity. This work is undertaken with the high-level objective of improving the production of standardized, quality data on human trafficking to provide evidence for policy and programme design. This support includes the provision of a digital information management toolkit and data standards and tailored capacity-building resources.


Leaving no one behind

Timely, accurate, disaggregated data and evidence are fundamental requirements to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda’s transformative promise of leaving no one behind. Data and evidence delivered timely and appropriately disaggregated are particularly important for vulnerable people to ensure their safety and protection. IOM’s VCMS works to operationalize this promise by means of standardizing data and evidence in the field of counter-trafficking, actively supporting the realization of several SDGs, including most prominently SDG 8.7. ‘End Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Child Labour’.

Human Trafficking Case Data Standards, Toolkit and Guidance (HTCDS)

A core challenge in addressing human trafficking is how to mobilize evidence and data to inform and reinforce targeted interventions. Most information that does exist originates from identified cases of trafficking, particularly testimony from victims. However, case data are often disconnected, inaccessible and limited in scope, leading to fragmented knowledge. Consequently, valuable data that could contribute to building the evidence-base for more effective policies and programs to combat human trafficking is rarely drawn upon. IOM’s Human Trafficking Case Data Standards, Toolkit and Guidance (HTCDS) is a global format and common approach to collecting and recording case data related to human trafficking. The standard will enable organizations around the world to easily build information management systems to collect and potentially share information related to human trafficking cases in a consistent way. The HTCDS is intended to be a reference for organizations handling cases related to human trafficking, technology service providers and independent software vendors (ISVs).
This initiative was funded by a grant from the United States Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and through the generous support of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS). The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State or GFEMS.