Allegations and disciplinary actions
Image above: SEA awareness workshops at the Integrated Assistance Centre in Maicao, Colombia, are an opportunity to learn in a safe space. © UNHCR/Ruben Salgado Escudero
In 2021, UNHCR received 19 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving its personnel. Additional information on the number of allegations in previous years, their status and the related investigations can be found here.
In 2021, UNHCR has dismissed five personnel on grounds of sexual exploitation and abuse. In one other case, sexual exploitation and abuse was established, and the individual separated prior to completion of the disciplinary process; the individual has been recorded in the UN Clear check database to prevent their re-hire in any UN entity.
In 2020, UNHCR dismissed two personnel on grounds of sexual exploitation and abuse. In two other cases, SEA was established, and the individuals left the organization prior to completion of the disciplinary process; they have both been recorded in the UN Clear check database to prevent their re-hire in any UN entity.
In 2019, one case was substantiated but the disciplinary process was not completed as the contract of the UNHCR personnel expired. This case was registered in the UN Clear check database to avoid this person being rehired in any UN entity. In addition, three members of our workforce left the organization before the allegations were received, and therefore an investigation was not possible. A note has been placed in their personnel file.
In 2021 UNHCR has received 87 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving its implementing partner personnel. Additional information on previous years, the status of various SEA allegations and the investigations involving the personnel or implementing partners can be found here.
Note: these statistics change on a regular basis as the investigative and disciplinary processes continue.