Media and Trafficking in Human Beings Guidelines was authored by the Ethical Journalism Network as part of a project funded by the European Union and implemented by an international consortium led by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). © 2017. Republished with permission. 



  • ILO International Labour Organisation
  • ICAT Inter-Agency Co-ordination Group Against Trafficking
  • MMD Migration and Mobility Dialogue (Africa)
  • OSCE Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • ICMPD International Centre for Migration Policy Development
  • UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • IOM International Organisation for Migration
  • OHCHR Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • IDMC International Displacement Monitoring Centre
  • ICRMW Convention on Protection of Rights of Migrant Workers
  • GMG Global Migration Group
  • GCIM Global Commission on International Migration
  • CERD UN Commission on Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • PICUM Platform International Co-operation on Undocumented Migrants

Some key political initiatives and resources from international agencies which journalists and media should be aware of:

Media Links:

More Examples of Good Coverage:

A Selection of Existing Guidelines:

  • World Health Organization’s (WHO) Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Interviewing Trafficked Women, 2003. Besides background material as a justification for these recommendations, the WHO’s document contains “Ten Guiding Principles to the Ethical and Safe Conduct of Interviews with Women Who Have Been Trafficked”
  • UNICEF Principles and Guidelines on Ethical Reporting on Children. The purpose of this document is to “help media to cover children in an age-appropriate and sensitive manner. The guidelines are meant to support the best intentions of ethical reporters: serving the public interest without compromising the rights of children”
  • The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Trafficking (UN.GIFT) produced astudy aiming to educate journalists and improve the quality of reporting – The Role of the Media in Building Images (2008)
  • A Human Trafficking Manual for Journalists (2008). A manual for journalists developed by Serbian NGO (Astra), to help the Media to address human trafficking; also useful for other countries meeting similar challenges.
  • In 2013, the Union of Russian Journalists (NGO) and the Faculty of Journalism, Moscow State University, supported by the OSCE, published a Russian language handbook for students and post-graduates of Media faculties “СМИ против ТЛ”, 2013
  • Published Migration Reporting Guidelines for journalists and two international reports in 2016 and 2017 on how media report on migration covering 30 countries across the wider Mediterranean region.

Educational resources for children


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