International Standard and Guidance for Human Trafficking Administrative Data (ICS-TIP)

As more governments take action against trafficking in persons, there has been a call to improve data collection and analysis, recognising its essential role in contributing to an evidence-based response.  When administrative data can be harnessed in a safe, effective and standardized way from a variety of sources, there is great potential to expand the evidence base for counter-trafficking interventions - particularly if those sources have more access to the communities affected and more experience and knowledge about the nature of the crime.  

In this aim, IOM and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have developed the International Classification Standard for administrative data on Trafficking in Persons (ICS-TIP), working in consultation with governments, academics and NGO partners. The aim of the ICS-TIP is to facilitate the production and dissemination of high-quality administrative data on trafficking in persons. The ICS-TIP conceptualizes the characteristics of the individuals, events and organizations involved in a trafficking in persons case, with a view to producing easily aggregated statistics for a range of government uses and for sharing and reporting at the national, regional and international levels.  

The working version of the ICS-TIP is available here.  

Guidelines for the practical use of the ICS-TIP, including recommendations on the collection, governance, sharing and reporting of administrative data on trafficking in persons, are included in the companion manual.  

The Guidelines are available here

If you have any feedback or want to share your experience, please write to: