IOM works in partnership with governments, the United Nations, international and non-governmental organizations, the private sector and development partners on all aspects of counter-trafficking responses – prevention, protection, and prosecution.

Since the mid-1990s, IOM Romania and its partners have provided protection and assistance to over 2000 people, including children, who were trafficked and exploited, including for labour, forced begging and sexual exploitation. IOM Romania and its partners work together to provide holistic victim support and protection, including counselling, assistance and referrals, and case management.

IOM Romania has advanced the Romanian anti-trafficking landscape contributing to creation and implementation of key legislation such as Romanian Counter-Trafficking Law 678/2001, referral mechanisms, the establishment of the Agenția Națională Împotriva Traficului de Persoane (ANITP) and frameworks to improve interagency cooperation and capacity build law enforcement and service providers; whilst gradually handing expertise and good practices to authorities through over 20 successful anti-trafficking projects to date. An archive of completed projects is available. 

IOM Romania takes a comprehensive approach to addressing human trafficking. Respect for human rights, the physical, mental and social well-being of the individual and his or her community, and the sustainability of our actions through institutional capacity development and partnerships are at the centre of all of IOM’s counter-trafficking efforts. 

In 2022, IOM Romania established and currently co-leads the Crisis Response Anti Trafficking task force shortly after the start of the full-scale war in Ukraine, with the main objective being the coordination of efforts among a large number of NGOs involved in countering exploitation – including those focused on labour exploitation – of Ukrainian refugees and vulnerable migrants.

In 2023, IOM Romania, with the support of the United States, developed and published the Toolkit for victim-centric best practices on investigations and prosecutions in anti-trafficking action as a result of the LUPTA project.

IOM Romania has also created and release a range of multimedia and information materials, including on recognising legitimate employment.

Safer Employment animations
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Where can I get help?

Emergency services:

Phone: 112 (24 hours, 7 days a week)


ANITP information line:

Phone: +40 21 311 89 82 (Monday to Friday, 0900 to 1700, excluding public holidays)




Ukraine Call Centre:

Phone: 021 3456789 (Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 16:00, excluding public holidays)

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