Afro-Descendant is a shortened term to refer to a person of African descent. It refers to a person who is of African descent, but not born or living in an African nation. The term is commonly used for a descendant of an ancestor brought to the Western Hemisphere in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
The term is used by the United Nations in the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action to refer to "... a specific victim group who continue to suffer racial discrimination as the historic legacy of the transatlantic slave trade." Throughout United Nations literature and documents it is used to refer to people of African descent, who are descendants of African slaves and have to a large extent lost their human rights.