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Accountability - Projects in 2017

Critical assessment of the implementation of Anti-Trafficking legislation in Bolivia, Colombia and Guatemala, part II


Duration: January - June 2017

Location: Bolivia, Colombia and Guatemala

Beneficiaries: Trafficked persons, NGOs service providers, government agencies 

What is this project about?

GAATW and its members have questioned whether anti-trafficking initiatives are truly able to protect and promote the rights of victims: the report ‘Collateral Damage’ demonstrates the systematic failure of anti-trafficking measures to protect the human rights of trafficked persons. At the same time, the report ‘Feeling Good about Feeling Bad’ stresses the need to monitor and evaluate initiatives against trafficking and include the participation of key stakeholders, so that there is mutual accountability. In this respect, it is crucial to correctly assess the anti-trafficking initiatives implemented by governmental institutions.

To this end, in 2016 an assessment was carried out in Bolivia, Colombia and Guatemala on the specific responsibilities of public institutions to assist and protect victims and prosecute traffickers, which allows for the identification of the main successes and gaps in the implementation of anti-trafficking legislation in the three countries.The assessment was conducted by Fundación La Paz in Bolivia, Corporación Espacios de Mujer in Colombia and ECPAT in Guatemala, with the support of the International Secretariat of GAATW and Capital humano y social - Alternativo, a Peruvian NGO with experience in this kind of assessments since 2009 (see a brief overview of the project here). 

It is necessary to carry out and publish this kind of assessment identifying the work done from the governmental bodies and documenting the existing situation. An annual report will allow to identify the steps back and forward in the implementation of the law and plan an advocacy and monitoring strategy in accordance with to the documented situation. 

What are we going to do? 

Through the three local organisations in Bolivia, Colombia and Guatemala, GAATW will carry out an assessment of anti-trafficking legislation to identify the existing gaps between what the legislation states and the actual services provided.

The information gathered during the assessment will be analysed in order to better understand the reasons for this gap and to be able to provide clear recommendations to the government for reducing it. To analyse the information, findings and recommendation from the 2016 reports will be used in order to compare the situation and identify the progress or lack thereof in the implementation of anti-trafficking legislation. 

The findings and recommendations from this project will be shared with the three governments and other anti-trafficking stakeholders with the aim of upholding the rights of trafficked persons through efficient delivery of services and assistance programmes. 

Project partners: CHS-Peru, Espacios de Mujeres - Colombia, Fundacion La Paz, Bolivia and ECPAT Guatemala.

Funding Support: Oak Foundation and Bread for the World

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Strategic Thematic Direction

During 2011-13, through our Power in Migration and Work thematic programme, we engaged more directly with the migrant rights and labour rights movements. During 2014-2016 our work will build on the work of previous years; we will continue to push for a human rights based approach in anti-trafficking policies and practices.  We will also deepen our engagement with the issue of migration and labour.

The three thematic strategic issues outlined below are continuations of our work during 2011-13.

ACCOUNTABILITY Increasing the accountability of all anti-trafficking stakeholders involved in the design or implementation of anti-trafficking responses, towards the persons whose human rights they purport to protect.

ACCESS TO JUSTICE Broadening spaces for trafficked persons and migrant workers to practice their human rights by improving access to justice and combating all forms of discrimination that impact women’s ability to exercise their human rights as they relate to trafficking.

POWER IN MIGRATION AND WORK Centring an analysis of women’s power in their labour and migration to better assess migration and labour policies’ impact on women, and to work towards labour and migration processes that reflect migrants’ needs, aspirations and capabilities.