Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women

Human Rights
at home, abroad and on the way...


Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women

Human Rights
at home, abroad and on the way...

Events and News


This was raised by one of our member organizations in Argentina, in order to address the recently passed EU Return Directive that imposes excessive detention periods and 5-year re-entry bans for undocumented migrants throughout the European Union. Many of our member organizations are mobilizing around this recent Directive.

The Directive puts trafficked persons at risk of being deported without proper investigation into their situations, and lengthy re-entry bans will increase the vulnerability of women seeking to migrate again as they have to seek illegal routes.

We are currently planning a regional and global strategy which will be launched in August.

Join Us!

If you only take two steps to start recognising the rights of trafficked and migrant women, make sure you:

1. Sign the online petition
2. Find out more about protecting human rights for trafficked persons

If you want to get a little more invovled, then take another step:
3. Hold a campaign event - like a panel discussion - in your community to raise awareness about trafficking in your country and discuss the 'Recognise Rights' recommendations, or
4. Lobby your government to provide human rights protection (ask us how!), or
5. Encourage friends, family, colleagues, neighbours to sign the petition

2008 Activities

Campaign Launch
UN.GIFT Vienna Forum
13-15 February 2008

Collateral Damage & Campaign presentation
Freedom Network 2008 Conference
23-24 April 2008
Georgia, USA

Collateral Damage recommendations linked to GAATW advocacy action
UN General Assembly thematic debate on human trafficking
3 June 2008
New York, USA

Collateral Damage & Campaign presentation
"First" Latin American Congress on trafficking
4-5 June 2008
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Side event (tentative)
UNODC Conference of State Parties
6-17 October 2008
Vienna, Austria

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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.