14to16NovsavethedateOn 14-16 November 2014, Asia Pacific civil society organisations will gather in Bangkok, Thailand, to develop a collective strategy on the priority issues for the Asia Pacific region as part of the Beijing +20 review process. Registration is now open and application forms to attend and to organise workshops at the forum are online. The deadline for applications is Friday 3 October.



More than 100 experts from the fields of anti-trafficking, migration and women’s rights from around the world will come together this month for an international congress to celebrate 20 years of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW).

The International Members’ Congress, taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, brings together members of the Alliance and partners to review successes and setbacks over the last 20 years of anti-trafficking work, and set goals for the future.  Participants will discuss topics including women, migration and work; funding for anti-trafficking work; and accountability in the non-governmental organisation (NGO) sector.

Participants will represent diverse aspects of the alliance, which covers 45 countries, four regions, over 120 member organisations and varying areas of work, including service provision, access to justice and advocacy and for trafficked and migrating women.

At the conference, GAATW will present initial findings from its accountability research, which with 17 member organisations has involved looking at services and programmes from the perspective of trafficking survivors. GAATW will also launch the third issue of its peer-reviewed journal – the first of its kind in the world – which examines funding in anti-trafficking; where the money comes from, who it goes to and what it actually achieves. A copy of the journal will be available on 23 September at www.antitraffickingreview.org

“This International Members’ Congress comes at a very special time in GAATW’s history,” says Bandana Pattanaik, GAATW International Coordinator, “The Alliance was originally founded by a group of women activists to understand the views of trafficked women and challenge existing perceptions of trafficking. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we look forward to welcoming members and partner organisations and reviewing what we have achieved and how we can best respond to the issues faced by migrating and trafficked women in future.”

Visit www.gaatw.org to read updates from the International Members’ Congress.


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A Canadian Senate committee [Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee] today begins three days of legal hearings into the proposed new legislation on criminalising the clients of sex workers, known as C-36 (Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act). There is a lot of concern that the Conservative government is rushing the new law through without adequate consultation – especially with sex workers. GAATW’s submission draws on our previously published research on the consequences of so-called “end demand” approaches (Moving Beyond ‘Supply and Demand’ Catchphrases: Assessing the uses and limitations of demand-based approaches in Anti-Trafficking, 2011)

Click here to read the GAATW Brief to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on Bill C-36: Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.




 Following the Money: Spending on Anti-Trafficking

6:30-8pm, 23 September 2014

Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand, Bangkok

Where does the money for anti-trafficking work come from? Who does it go to? What does it actually achieve?

The new issue of GAATW's insightful journal the Anti-Trafficking Review examines these critical questions about funding for the sector. For the first time, GAATW and journal authors attempt to look at the money spent on anti-trafficking work and reveal what kinds of organisations and work have been supported by anti-trafficking funding, and what work has been sidelined as a result.

Please join us on 23 September and hear from authors featured in the journal.

Published by GAATW, the Anti-Trafficking Review is a rigorously peer-reviewed academic journal that promotes the human rights of trafficked and migrating people.

The journal is an open-source publication with a readership in 78 countries.

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The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women welcomes the appointment of Maria Grazia Giammarinaro as the new Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children.

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro is one of the foremost experts on trafficking. Currently an Italian penal judge, and until recently the OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, she was appointed in recognition of her qualifications and her experience working with a variety of stakeholders on the issue.

Human trafficking is a human rights violation that generates considerable interest from governments, NGOs, media, and other actors. In spite of this good will, too often responses are based on misinformation, politics, or moral positions, and do not respect the agency of people who have been trafficked, and their choices about their work, migration, and lives. In her work at the OSCE, Ms. Giammarinaro included critical issues for trafficked persons of decent working conditions, social inclusion, and the right to effective remedy, amongst other concerns.

GAATW looks forward to working with Ms. Giammarinaro, as we did with her predecessors, most recently Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, to push for an evidence-based approach to anti-trafficking work that is attentive to the full breadth of human rights violations associated with trafficking in persons.

The Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons is one of the special procedures of the Human Rights Council. These are independent human rights experts with mandates to report annually to the Council and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. The appointment of Maria Grazia Giammarinaro as the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons was formally announced at the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council on Friday 27 June 2014.