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 2017
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 layout and designing and distributions, colleagues with thematic responsibilities prepare the content. All content goes through an internal and sometimes an external review.
Our e-Bulletin contains information about our and our members work, as well as interviews, analyses and commentaries and a list of resources. The bulletin is sent to a mailing list of over 1000 individuals from our member organisations, partners, allies, international organisations and academia. Anyone who wishes can subscribe here. We also publish a Spanish-language e-bulletin for our members and allies in Latin America.
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 over 100 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, ProQuest, CNKI and ScienceOpen. After bringing out one issue per year for three years, since 2015 we produce two issues per year. In 2017, the eighth issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review explored the role of evidence, research and data in anti-trafficking work. The ninth issue, which will be published in September, will explore the lessons that history might hold for today's anti-trafficking work.