The Republic of Azerbaijan is a transcontinental country in the Caucasus region, situated at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia.
The government of Azerbaijan appointed the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs as a National Coordinator for the fight against trafficking. The National Coordinator is responsible for coordinating all anti-trafficking activities in the country. The government developed a National Referral Mechanism in 2009 and recently adopted the third National Action Plan to Fight Human Trafficking covering the years 2014-2018. The Anti-Trafficking Department in the Ministry of Internal Affairs is a specialized structural body involved in prevention and prosecution of trafficking as well as protection of trafficked people.
In 2013 the Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the anti-trafficking law on the repatriation of foreign victims that allowed for the provision of temporary residence permits to recognized victims of trafficking for up to one year.