Office of the Victims' Rights Advocate

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    The Secretary-General António Guterres and the Victims' Rights Advocate Jane Connors in the Central African Republic
  • The Online Event "Voices from the Field" held on the 28th of October 2020
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    Christine Besong, Field Victims' Rights Advocate based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

What We Do


The Office of the Victims’ Rights Advocate (OVRA) seeks to put the rights and dignity of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff and related personnel at the forefront of the UN’s prevention and response efforts. We work together with all entities of the UN system so that victims get the assistance and support they need. We also work in collaboration with Government institutions, civil society, and including national and legal and human rights organizations to build networks of support and help ensure that the full effect of local laws, including remedies for victims, are brought to bear.


'This role is to give a voice to the victims', tells Jane Connors

Weaving a Way to Independence

Recent News

Despite pandemic, UN continues to fight "scourge" of sexual exploitation and abuse

21 March 2021 — UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday, released his annual update on how the Organization is working to stamp out the “scourge” of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) through its zero-tolerance policy, which required special measures this year in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sexual abuse a problem for the whole UN system: Victims' Rights Advocate

14 November 2020 — As the UN’s first-ever Victims’ Rights Advocate, Jane Connors has to confront an uncomfortable reality: sexual abuse and exploitation – or SEA for short - carried out by UN personnel.

Restoring dignity to victims of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN personnel

6 July 2020 — Projects supported by a UN trust fund for victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel, are helping victims to regain their dignity, learn new skills, and improve their livelihoods.

More support needed for victims of sexual abuse by UN personnel

13 March 2020 — Although measures to support victims of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) committed by UN personnel are proving effective, there is still room to do more, the senior official leading these efforts told journalists in New York on Friday.