The GAATW International Secretariat (GAATW-IS) will continue to use research, participatory learning, advocacy and communication tools to realise the vision and mission of the Alliance.

GAATW’s research plays a substantial role in shaping and shifting global anti-trafficking discourses. Much of GAATW’s research has been action-oriented, feeding local or international change processes and done in collaboration with Members and allies.

Members’ involvement in research projects will maximise the knowledge and experience within the Alliance and ensure that research activities are relevant. In general, our research prioritises documenting women’s experiences and agency in order to advance global anti-trafficking discourses, strengthens our advocacy messages, creates a sound evidence base with the objective of promoting and protecting the human rights of trafficked persons, and expands knowledge in under-researched areas.

Overall, we seek to destabilise the dominant perception of women as victims in isolated, crime-centred responses to trafficking. Instead, we strive to present a complex picture of empowerment through migration, work, and human rights based approaches.


We are steering a learning initiative with 12 members and partners from five countries in Asia (India, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand and the Philippines), which has a collaborative research focus. While our practitioner members and partners will provide input based on their work experience, the IS will do desk research and prepare three working papers focusing on Reintegration, Access to Justice and Voice and Participation.

Training or capacity building participatory learning initiatives are an integral part of the IS’ work. Our current projects in the Power in Migration and Work, has a strong training component. The newly revived Access to Justice programme also aims to provide some training support to members and partners on how to analyse and document cases. In addition, we are starting a new initiative this year to sensitise media personnel from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka on writing and reporting on issues of trafficking and migration from a feminist perspective.