All of the above roles depend on a diverse range of communication with our networks. The primary goal of GAATW’s communications work is to promote global representation and equal access to relevant information and knowledge that is essential in strengthening the Alliance. As the International Secretariat of a diverse network, GAATW engages across many communication styles, cultures and media to share and exchange information between Member Organisations.
GAATW’s communication services will continue to reflect the needs of the Alliance, in order to provide clear and timely responses in the anti-trafficking discourse. GAATW-IS aims to provide effective communication services through publications, online resources, and multi-media projects to carry forward the voices and knowledge of members, partners and affected groups at local, regional, and international levels.
ACTIVITIES IN 2015
As the Secretariat of a global alliance, communication is at the core of all our work. We regularly share relevant information with our members and encourage member-to-member communications. Most of our projects are documented in high-quality publications. While some colleagues take responsibility for the technical aspect of publications, such as lay out and designing and distributions, colleagues with thematic responsibilities prepare the content. All content goes through an internal and sometimes an external review.
Since 2012, we have been publishing a peer-reviewed academic journal called the Anti-Trafficking Review. The journal promotes a human rights based approach to anti-trafficking. A peer-reviewed, open access publication with a readership in 78 countries, the Review offers an outlet and space for dialogue between academics, practitioners, trafficked persons and advocates seeking to communicate new ideas and findings to those working for and with trafficked persons. The journal is abstracted/indexed in: Cross Ref, Ulrich’s, Ebsco Host, Directory of Open Access Journals, Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, World Cat, eGranary, e-journals.org, and ProQuest. After bringing out one issue per year for three years, from 2015 we are going to produce two issues per year. The fourth issue focusing on the 15 years of the UN Trafficking Protocol is scheduled to be launched in April at the UN Crime Congress in Doha, Qatar. The fifth issue with a focus on Forced Labour will be launched in September.
This year we are going to make our monthly e-bulletin a comprehensive quarterly bulletin. While sharing of relevant information will be done all through the year, the comprehensive quarterly bulletin will be launched in June.