Trust Fund in Support of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
For UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, assistance and support to victims should be at the heart of our response to sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel.
Established in 2016, the Trust Fund in support of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse is already supporting projects to provide specialized services for victims and to strengthen community-based complaint reception networks in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the Central African Republic, funds will help support medical, psychosocial and legal services to victims of sexual exploitation and abuse as part of existing gender-based violence programming in the country. And in Liberia, education and vocational training will be provided for victims who have been marginalized and stigmatized.
So far, some US$ 2 million are available in the Trust Fund from voluntary contributions from 19 countries as well as from payments withheld from civilian, military and police personnel against whom sexual exploitation and abuse allegations have been substantiated, which amount to approximately US$ 317,000.
The 19 Member States that have donated to Trust Fund so far are (in alphabetical order): Albania, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Uganda.