Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women

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Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women

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

Events and News

Critical Assessment of the Implementation of Anti-Trafficking Legislation in Bolivia, Colombia and Guatemala

The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) carried out this joint evaluation report in three countries in Latin America and the Caribbean – Bolivia, Guatemala and Colombia - with the aim of encouraging governments to improve the implementation of anti-trafficking laws and policies to better respond to the needs of trafficked persons. The report highlights (1) the existing gaps between what the anti-trafficking legislation states and the actual services provided by government agencies, and (2) concrete recommendations for the three governments to take forward.

This project was developed by Fundación La Paz in Bolivia, Corporación Espacios de Mujer in Colombia and ECPAT in Guatemala with the support from the GAATW International Secretariat and the Peruvian NGO Capital Humano y Social (CHS) Alternativo. 

Balance de la implementación de las políticas anti-trata en Bolivia, Colombia y Guatemala

La Alianza Global contra la Trata de Mujeres (GAATW) ha realizado este balance de las medidas anti trata en Bolivia, Guatemala y Colombia con el objetivo de estimular a los gobiernos a mejorar la implementación y ejecución de las mismas para responder mejor a las necesidades de las personas objeto de trata. El balance señala las diferencias existentes entre lo que dice la legislación anti-trata y los servicios reales que las entidades gubernamentales proporcionan y aporta recomendaciones concretas para que el gobierno pueda reducirlas.

El proyecto ha sido desarrollado por Fundación La Paz en Bolivia, Corporación Espacios de mujer en Colombia y ECPAT en Guatemala con el apoyo del secretariado internacional de GAATW y de la ONG peruana Capital humano y social – Alternativo.

Download the Executive Summary [EN, SP]

No. 7 Special Issue—Trafficking Representations


Guest Editors: Rutvica Andrijasevic and Nicola Mai

Representations of human trafficking, forced labour and ‘modern slavery’ are pervasive within media, policymaking, and humanitarian interventions and campaigns. This issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review explores the ways in which some representations erase the complexity in the life trajectories of people who have experienced trafficking, as well as those who are migrants, women, sex workers and others labelled as victims or ‘at-risk’ of trafficking.

Contributions in this issue examine visual material and narratives through which trafficking and its victims are represented in film, TV, newspapers and public discourse. The articles investigate representations in Australia, Cambodia, Nigeria, Serbia, Denmark, UK, and USA. Ultimately, this special issue highlights the fact that stereotypical trafficking representations conveniently distract the global public from their increasing and shared day-to-day exploitability as workers because of the systematic erosion of labour rights globally. Crucially, the issue also discusses positive alternatives and how to represent trafficking differently.

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No. 6 Special Issue–Prosecuting Human Trafficking


Guest Editor: Anne T Gallagher

Prosecuting human trafficking is widely viewed as one of the main pillars of an effective national response to trafficking. But worldwide, the number of prosecutions for trafficking and related exploitation remains stubbornly low, especially when compared to the generally accepted size of the problem. Very few traffickers are ever brought to justice and the criminal justice system rarely operates to benefit those who have been trafficked.

Issue 6 of the Anti-Trafficking Review analyses human trafficking prosecutions in different regions of the world and from a range of different perspectives. With five themed articles focusing on Russia, the United States, the Balkans and Western Europe, the issue provides important insights into the practical and policy issues surrounding human trafficking prosecutions.

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Briefing Papers: “Towards Greater accountability - Participatory Monitoring of Anti-Trafficking Initiatives”

The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) believes that the impact of anti-trafficking initiatives is best understood from the perspective of trafficked persons themselves. In 2013, 17 GAATW member organisations across Latin America, Europe, and Asia undertook a participatory research project to look at their own assistance work from the perspective of trafficked persons. GAATW members interviewed 121 women, men and girls who lived through trafficking to find out about their experience of assistance interventions and their recovery process after trafficking. The project aimed to make the assistance programmes more responsive to the needs of the clients and to initiate a process of accountability on the part of all anti-trafficking organisations and institutions.

These briefing papers highlight the main findings of what people who have been trafficked say about 3 important themes:

  • Unmet Needs: Emotional support and care after trafficking [English, Spanish]
  • Rebuilding Lives: The need for sustainable livelihoods after trafficking [English, Spanish]
  • Seeking Feedback from Trafficked Persons on Assistance Services: Principles and ethics [English, Spanish]

With translation support from Translators without Borders.

Regional Report: “Towards Greater Accountability - Participatory Monitoring of Anti-Trafficking Initiatives”

The project of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), "Towards greater accountability - Participatory Monitoring of Anti-Trafficking Initiatives”, aims to reaffirm the right of surviving victims to express their voices, by monitoring initiatives that are intended to benefit them.

The research study aimed to identify victims’ perceptions and views of the support services they received, which would be reflected in the respective country reports. The participant organisations in the research had provided some form of assistance to surviving victims that had participated in the study. Seven of the organisations that participated in the research are from Latin America and the Caribbean: The Civil Human Rights Association of United Women Migrants and Refugees in Argentina (AMUMRA) of Argentina; Renacer, Hope Foundation and Space Corporation Foundation Women of Colombia; Ecuador Hope Foundation; Street Brigade Support Women "Elisa Martinez", AC of Mexico and Alternative Forms of Human and Social Capital (CHS Alternativo) of Peru.

Download the Executive Summary in English

Download the full report in Spanish - Testimonios de las Sobrevivientes de Trata de Personas: Brecha entre las necesidades de atención y los servicios recibidos después del rescate

Download the Executive Summary in Spanish

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.