The OSCE plays an active role in the fight against trafficking in human beings (THB). All participating States have agreed on numerous political commitments that confirm their primary responsibility for addressing THB. The States have tasked the OSCE institutions, structures and field operations to assist in the implementation of those commitments.
The Office of the Special Representative closely co-operates, in a co-ordinating role, with relevant OSCE institutions, structures and field operations mandated to combat trafficking. One of its goals is to avoid duplication, ensure complementarity and coherence, and, as appropriate, to seek to develop an integrated approach in preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in the OSCE region.
Since its establishment, the Office of the Special Representative has actively pursued such co-operation and co-ordination. The Office relies on existing expertise in the Organization, and consults closely with all relevant OSCE bodies, including the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the structures of the Secretariat such as the Office of the Co-ordinator of Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA), the Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU), and the Senior Gender Adviser, as well as the extensive network of OSCE anti-trafficking focal points in field operations.