GAATW Structure

GAATW has a simple structure:


GAATW Member Organisations

GAATW Member Organisations provide input to the strategic agenda of the Alliance. Member Organisations work on trafficking and other related issues within a human rights framework and are associated with GAATW and like-minded networks and organisations. They meet every three years to review and analyze their work and decide on priorities for the next three years.

The Member Organisations (MO) are groups who fulfil membership conditions and adhere to the Basic Principles of GAATW.

As Member Organisations work autonomously, collective action is often around advocacy, information sharing and discussion on issues of common concern rather than on a specific project. Priority issues and activities are identified and agreed upon, and will be coordinated by the International Secretariat.

Regional Chapters can be formed by Member Organisations in a particular region who wish to coordinate their own regional activities. Currently GAATW has one regional chapter:

  • REDLAC, the GAATW Chapter in Latin-America and the Caribbean, which is composed of 23 organisations from Argentina (1), Bolivia (2), Brazil (9), Colombia (3), Dominican Republic (4), Guatemala (1), Honduras (1), Peru (1) and Suriname (1).

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The Working Groups

The Working Groups are temporary units formed by representatives from GAATW’s Member Organisations, International Board and International Secretariat. Working Groups support GAATW by reviewing and strengthening the organisational structure of the Alliance and its membership. The Working Group members are nominated by the International Board or the International Secretariat or any Member Organisation of the Alliance. Currently, there are no working groups.


The Associates

Associates will function more or less like Working Group Members. Since its inception GAATW has used Working Groups comprising individuals with thematic/technical expertise as temporary units to support the International Secretariat on specific areas of work such as research and advocacy. Associates may be invited to form Working Groups at some point if the need to work together on specific programme areas arises. 

The GAATW International Board (IB) meets once a year and it monitors the implementation of the strategic plan, the functioning of the International Secretariat (IS) in this regard and gives the final approval to the Regional Chapters’ Activity Plans.  It nominates new IB members, and an Executive committee (Ex-Co) which directly oversees the daily running of the IS with regard to financial, personnel and legal matters. Under the Current Statute the composition of the IB members is mandated to reflect representation from different world regions and professional experiences.


  • Manassanun Pongnorrawit - Chairman
  • Thipsuda Taweesaengsuksagul - Vice-Chairman and Treasurer
  • Ratchada Jayagupta - Secretary
  • Evelyn Probst - Board member, Europe
  • Victoria Ijeoma Nwogu - Board member, Africa 
  • Andrea Querol - Board member, The Americas
  • Dr Renu Rajbhadari, Board member, Asia


GAATW's International Secretariat is based in Bangkok, Thailand. Its core functions are to service and support the members of the Alliance by:

  • Making local issues internationally visible, and supporting Members in their advocacy efforts;
  • Helping to apply international policies and standards locally;
  • Producing evidence, research and analysis on issues that impact migrant women workers;
  • Facilitating local, regional and international representation of Members at relevant fora;
  • Building, facilitating and maintaining mutual exchanges, communications and learning with and between Alliance members;
  • Collecting, processing, disseminating and making easily accessible to members, essential documents on trafficking, as well as generally relevant information, in support of their activities;
  • Developing and making available information resources on trafficking, gender, globalisation and informal economies, rights-based advocacy, and research methodologies;
  • Facilitating capacity building and organising conceptual clarity sessions for Alliance members as well as non-members upon request.


International Secretariat Staff 

Bandana Pattanaik
International Coordinator

Bandana is responsible for the overall coordination of the International Secretariat. Bandana has been with GAATW since 1999 doing research, training, and working with self-organised groups. She holds an MA in English Literature as well as an MA in Women’s Studies.Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Apivart (Nong) Chaison
Finance Officer

Nong is from Nakorn Phanom, the Northeastern province in Thailand bordering Laos. She is the Finance Officer and is responsible for GAATW’s financial management. Having started work with GAATW in 1997, she is now the most senior staff member at GAATW-IS. Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Naetima (Mui) Kosolsaksakul

Mui joined the GAATW-IS in 2004 as a part-time consultant in finance and accounting. She is responsible for ensuring that GAATW’s finances are carried out in accordance with international accounting standards.


Mariah Grant
Research Consultant
Mariah started as an intern with GAATW-IS in January 2014. Upon completion of a 4 months interrnship she has now taken up a 5-month short-term research position with GAATW-IS to work with Gemma on the research project.


Alfie Gordo
Communications and Production Officer

Alfie joined the GAATW secretariat in 2005. She is responsible for managing the Secretariat’s information technology including the GAATW website, design and production of print materials, and visual documentation. She is also involved in video advocacy projects that aim to highlight Members’ advocacy efforts on migration and related issues. Alfie’s previous work experiences include her work as program associate for the Asian Women’s Human Rights Council (AWHRC)-Manila and with the Philippine Congress. Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Jasmin Qureshi
Communications Officer (Editing and Media)
Jasmin is responsible for media and press work at GAATW, as well as editing materials such as the Anti-Trafficking Review and online content. Previously she worked as Communications Coordinator for Minority Rights Group International in the UK, where she worked on digital communications and publications. Jasmin also has a background in journalism, having worked for BBC Worldwide, and holds a Masters degree in Journalism. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Gemma Sadler
Research Project Officer
Gemma came to GAATW-IS after several years working in settlement services for asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. Gemma will be co-ordinating GAATW’s participatory research project of anti-trafficking initiatives. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Kate Sheill
International Advocacy Officer

Kate’s work focuses on GAATW’s objectives for the Review Mechanism for the UN Human Trafficking (Palermo) Protocol – as well as other opportunities to advance GAATW’s agenda through international advocacy. She also works on GAATW’s project on participatory monitoring of anti-trafficking initiatives by civil society organisations. Prior to joining GAATW-IS, she was responsible for work on Amnesty International’s sexual rights and identity-based discriminations, working at the London office of the International Secretariat. Kate has Masters degrees in the sociology of gender, sexuality and race and in conservation biology and a Bachelor degree in biology and environmental studies. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


Jebli Shreshta
Programme Officer - Research and Communications  

Jebli has recently joined GAATW-IS as Programme Officer – Research and Communications. She will be responsible for alliance strengthening via online communications with members. She also works on carrying out and coordinating research activities for the IS. She has a Masters Degree in Sociology and in International Peace Studies. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  



Michelle Taguinod
Events Management and Admin Support Officer
Michelle had worked with GAATW-IS during 2006-10 as a programme officer. This year she has been invited back on a 10 months contract to provide support to the IS in events management and administrative matters. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Kim (Mark) Ki-Hwan
Mark is currently a masters student in Development studies at York University, Toronto, Canada. He is doing a research paper on anti-trafficking policies in Thailand and helping us with various research projects.


Alba Villanueva Fernandez
Alba is a a PhD candidate in Social Science at University of Granada in Granada, Spain. Her thesis topic is on “Trafficking, Capabilities and Feminism”. Her task at GAATW- IS includes assistance in any and all capacities on the Participatory Research Project on Anti-Trafficking initiatives including, desk-based research, data analysis, report writing, Spanish language translation, legal analysis of anti-trafficking in persons policies and all other activities needed in order to facilitate the completion of an analytical report for the participatory research project.


Alex Matthews
Alex is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden. She previously worked at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems where she helped implement political participation programs in Asia and coordinated the organization’s gender working group. While at GAATW, Alex will be conducting research for the Participatory Research Project on Anti-Trafficking Initiatives and assisting with preparations for the upcoming International Members Congress.


GAATW International Secretariat

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