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.


This year we are conducting a research project to document if and how sex workers organising helps to prevent and address abuses in the sex industry, including trafficking. The research covers seven countries across the world (Canada, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, India, Thailand and New Zealand with at least one sex workers rights organisation in each country. We hope that ultimately, state authorities and NGOs will recognise sex workers organisations as legitimate anti-trafficking stakeholders and provide them with support, including financial, for anti-trafficking work.