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Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women

Human Rights
at home, abroad and on the way...

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Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women

Human Rights
at home, abroad and on the way...

Structure

GAATW has a simple structure:

 

GAATW Member Organisations

The Member Organisations (MO) are composed of non-government organisations that fulfill membership conditions and adhere to the Basic Principles of GAATW. Members provide input to the strategic agenda of the Alliance.

As Member Organisations work autonomously, collective action is often around advocacy, information sharing, discussion on issues of common concern, and capacity building initiatives. Priority issues and activities are identified and agreed upon, and are coordinated by the International Secretariat.

Regional Chapters can be formed by Members who wish to coordinate their own regional activities. Currently GAATW has one regional chapter:

GAATW-REDLAC, the GAATW Chapter in Latin-America and the Caribbean, is composed of 10 organisations from Argentina (1), Brazil (2), Chile (1), Colombia (3), Guatemala (1), Peru (1) and Trinidad and Tobago (1).

View the full list of members from Africa, Asia, Europe and The Americas.

 

The GAATW Board of Directors meets once a year and it monitors the implementation of the strategic plan, the functioning of the International Secretariat (IS) in this regard and gives the final approval to the Regional Chapters’ Activity Plans. It nominates new IB members, and an Executive committee (Ex-Co) which directly oversees the daily running of the IS with regard to financial, personnel, and legal matters. Under the Current Statute the composition of the IB members is mandated to reflect representation from different world regions and professional experiences. 

Dr Naruemon Thabchumpon
President
Ajarn Naruemon is Assistant Professor in Politics and Director of the Asian Research Center for Migration at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Politics and Government from Thammasat University and PhD in Politics and International Studies from Leeds University. She has published numerous articles and book chapters, and made numerous conference presentations on politics, development, civil society, human rights, and migration in Thailand and ASEAN.

Bianca Fidone
Member representing Latin American membership
Bianca Fidone is the assistant director of the Corporación Espacios de Mujer, a GAATW member based in Medellín, Colombia. There she works as coordinator of international cooperation projects and thematic research and advises on administrative issues. Before joining CEM, Bianca worked with the Italian Council for Refugees (CIR) in Rome, offering language assistance to applicants for asylum and refugee status. Before that, she worked in the NGO PRODOCS (Rome), gaining significant experience in the administration and management of projects and international cooperation. Bianca has specialised in Human Rights, Gender, Human Trafficking and Migration.

Dr. Lucila Granada
Member representing European membership
Lucila has academic, campaigning and policy expertise centred on the rights of migrant workers and with experience of working with victims of exploitation. Lucila led CLA UK, a coalition of Latin American organisations from the voluntary sector which raises awareness and understanding of the issues facing the Latin American community in the UK and provides a collective voice for the interests of this community. Lucila is now the CEO at Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX). She also holds a PhD on migration, language and ethnic identity.

Komolthip Payakwichian
Member
Ms Komolthip has many years of experience in the banking and private sector in Thailand. She has held executive and managerial positions in both the sectors. Her avid interest in organic farming has led her to experiment with hydroponics farming. Her successful venture in hydroponic farming and hospitality has created employment for people in rural Thailand.

Poonsap Suanmuang Tulaphan
Member and Treasurer
Poonsap is the Director of the Foundation for Labour and Employment Promotion (FLEP) or HomeNet Thailand – an organisation that advocates for the rights and wellbeing of informal workers. Poonsap has over three decades of experience working with women and informal workers in Thailand. She has helped develop women’s potential and improve their economic situations using local knowledge of science and technology as well as community enterprise. Her current work is centred on organizing membership-based organization of informal workers, as well as promoting and advocating for social protection policies and legislation covering informal workers in Thailand.

Dr Ratchada Jayagupta 
Member and Secretary
Ratchada is a Research Fellow on forced migration specializing in anti-human trafficking at the Institute of Asian Studies in Chulalongkorrn University. She is also the Thailand representative to ACWC, ASEAN. ACWC is an intergovernmental body and an integral part of the ASEAN structure. Ratchada was a National Project Coordinator at United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP-Thailand Office). She was also the international program liaison officer for the Southeast Asian Regional School in Forced Migration (SEARSFM), in collaboration with the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), University of Oxford and the IASFM (International Association for the Study of Forced Migration) 8th Conference in January 2003, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

GAATW's International Secretariat is based in Bangkok, Thailand. Its core functions are to service and support the members of the Alliance by: 

  • Making local issues internationally visible and supporting Members in their advocacy efforts;
  • Helping to apply international policies and standards locally;
  • Producing evidence, research and analysis on issues that impact migrant women workers;
  • Facilitating local, regional and international representation of Members at relevant fora;

  • Building, facilitating and maintaining mutual exchanges, communications and learning with and among Alliance members;
  • Collecting, processing, disseminating and making easily accessible to members, essential documents on trafficking, as well as generally relevant information, in support of their activities;
  • Developing and making available information resources on trafficking, gender, globalisation and informal economies, rights-based advocacy, and research methodologies;
  • Facilitating capacity building and organising conceptual clarity sessions for Alliance members as well as non-members upon request.

International Secretariat Staff  

Bandana Pattanaik
International Coordinator
Bandana is responsible for the overall coordination of the International Secretariat. Bandana has been with GAATW since 1999 doing research, training, and working with self-organised groups. She holds an MA in English Literature as well as an MA in Women’s Studies.
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Apivart (Nong) Chaison
Finance and Admin Manager
Nong is from Nakorn Phanom, the Northeastern province in Thailand bordering Laos. Having started work with GAATW in 1997, she is now the most senior staff member at GAATW-IS. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, ThailandShe is responsible for overall functions in finance and administration unit, donor reporting and communicating with local authorities in Thailand with regards to tax and governance mattersEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Srishty Anand
Programme Officer Voice and Participation
Srishty joined GAATW in May 2022 and is responsible for a new initiative to explore how civil society organisations incorporate the voices and views of migrant and trafficked women into their work. She holds an MPhil and MA in Sociology from the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. In the past, she has worked as a senior researcher and knowledge specialist with International Center for Research on Women and Oxfam India. She specialises in qualitative research methods and frameworks across the thematic areas of women's economic empowerment, sustainable finance, and ESG. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Maya Linstrum-Newman
Advocacy, Policy and Media Lead 

Maya joined GAATW in May 2022 and is responsible for GAATW's advocacy work at the international and national level. She is a qualified lawyer and practised criminal law in the UK before transitioning to policy and advocacy roles within human rights organisations. Maya has worked on national and international advocacy strategies on a range of human rights issues in Europe, Africa and Asia, including the abolition of the death penalty, stronger protections for trafficked persons, and accountability for survivors of torture. She holds a law degree and an LLM in public international law, both from the London School of Economics. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Alfie Gordo
Programme Coordinator 
Alfie rejoined GAATW-IS in January 2023. She first joined the team in 2005 and served in different roles until December 2019. Alfie is from the Philippines and holds a degree in Environmental Planning from Miriam College. Her work has mainly focused on working with Filipina women survivors of war crimes, and with self-organised groups of women migrant workers in the Asia region. She also has some consultancy experience in grant management for a feminist fund. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Vivian Cartagena
Programme Officer Alliance Strengthening

Vivian joined GAATW in February 2023 and will be responsible for strengthening the Secretariat's engagement with Alliance members and ensuring that members' contexts and priorities are reflected in the Secretatiat's work. She is a Political Scientist and has previously worked with an Ecuadorian human rights organisation focused on advocating and research on regularisation processes for migrants. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Orathai Meesin
Administrative Assistant

Orathai joined GAATW in October 2022. She is responsible for administration work and logistical support. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics Education from Chiang Rai Rajabhat University, Thailand. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wachira (Noon) Chairattham
Accounts and Grants Management Officer

Wachira joined GAATW finance team in March 2023. Noon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Major of Accounting from Rajamangala University of Technology Borpitpimuk Jakrawad Campus, ThailandShe is responsible for updating the accounting software for any vouchers, reconciliation of account codes. and monitoring cash advances. She is from Nontaburi, Thailand. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

Michelle Soe Moe
Program Officer Communications
Michelle joined GAATW in June 2023 and she is responsible for reviewing and implementing GAATW's communication plans. She has a Bachelor's degree in International Studies and a Master's degree in Human Rights and Democratisation, both of which are from Mahidol University in Thailand. Michelle has experience working in the fields of refugee and LGBTIQ+ rights. Her work mainly focused on initiating and strengthening partnerships, communications and advocacy. Most recently, she managed projects on the issue surrounding LGBTIQ+ forced displacement. She is from Bangkok, Thailand. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Borislav (Bobby) Gerasimov
Editor, Anti-Trafficking Review (part-time)
Borislav joined GAATW in 2016 and is currently responsible for the editorial and managerial work of Anti-Trafficking Review. He holds a degree in English Philology from Sofia University and has previously worked at GAATW's members in Bulgaria and the Netherlands,. He has also volunteered for organisations supporting Roma youth, LGBTI people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and sex workers. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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