IOM's emergency Global Assistance Fund (GAF) offers personalized, immediate protection and direct assistance to migrants facing violence, exploitation and abuse, such as victims of forced labor and sexual abuse; unaccompanied children, and victims of trafficking. GAF provides those facing extreme vulnerabilities with broad services including safe accommodation, food & non-food items, psychological support, healthcare, family reunification, safe and dignified return and sustainable reintegration.
Global estimates identify 4.9 million victims of forced labor, 4.8 million victims of sexual exploitation, and 82.4 million people forcibly displaced. 1 in every 5 victims of trafficking are children, and 1 in every 3 women is subjected to violence worldwide. Often countries do not have the capacity to address these migrants' individual needs in some of the most challenging contexts in the world. Our mission is to help vulnerable migrants when local actors can't, to not leave any migrant behind.
IOM has more than 480 offices worldwide with the capacity to identify and assist vulnerable migrants, but GAF is at risk of becoming defunct. This threatens access to life-changing assistance for those with the highest vulnerabilities. Contributing to this project allows GAF to continue to support IOM missions across the world directly protecting and assisting migrants with the direst needs. Individual donations reach individual needs and help us help them where assistance is most needed!
With a core focus on sustainability, GAF addresses the specific needs of each migrant and tailors, with them, individual plans for a holistic recovery. By providing vulnerable migrants with support ranging from emergency housing and food to long-term reintegration assistance (i.e., small business seed funding), GAF helps migrants find pathways to recover from exploitive situations, empowers them to reach self-sufficiency and full potential, and mitigates future risks of trafficking and abuse.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).