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Anti-Trafficking Review: ONE WEEK EXTENSION on call for papers



The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) has issued a one week extension on its call for submissions for the Anti-Trafficking Review. The Anti-Trafficking Review is a unique new journal promoting a human rights based approach to human trafficking. Academics, practitioners and advocates, working for and with trafficked persons are invited to submit their article proposals before the EXTENDED commissioning deadline: 16 th May 2011.


The first edition will focus on a current and pressing concern in the field of human trafficking: 'Where's the Accountability?'. In view of the growing anti-trafficking industry, the Review will look at the "accountability vaccum" that a has also grown along a larger sector.


This first issue will be guest edited by Dr. Anne Gallagher and co-edited by Caroline Hames from the Global Alliance against Traffic in Women.


CALL FOR PAPERS - Issue 1: Where's the Accountability?

Practitioners, policy makers, advocates and academics working in fields including human trafficking, human rights, monitoring and evaluation, labor rights, victimology, feminism and migrant rights are invited to submit articles exploring the issue of accountability in the implementation of anti-trafficking responses, or initiatives directed at offering protection to victims of extreme exploitation or rights abuses



Since the implementation of the Human Trafficking Protocol in 2003 the UN Office of Drugs and Crime estimates that the numbers of States with dedicated national anti-trafficking legislation has doubled (Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, UNODC, 2009, p. 8); 143 States are now parties to the Protocol.  Alongside governmental policy development in this field civil society has also entered the arena, including celebrities, major media operations, NGOs and often competing inter-governmental organisations.  Consequently the 'anti-trafficking industry' has become big business, as an industry it not only has huge popular public appeal but has also provided a politicized terrain where States have sought power by vying for dominance of international criminal justice frameworks.


The anti-trafficking industry has grown alongside an accountability vacuum, which has meant a growth in opportunities for intervention in this field has not translated into increased opportunities for trafficked or affected persons to voice their views or concerns on the way in which such interventions are implemented.  Further it remains unclear if many of the anti-trafficking initiatives of the previous decade have had an impact on decreasing trafficking and strengthening the rights of trafficked persons.


Through this issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review the questions asked is:


How does the accountability vacuum in the human trafficking arena affect women's ability to realise their rights and entitlements during the migratory process? What does this mean for rights-based approaches to human trafficking? What is the role of anti-trafficking organisations in promoting principles of accountability within this sector?


The review is inviting articles which address:

- Power dynamics between 'protected/vulnerable groups' and decision makers;
- Representation of victims of extreme rights violations;
- Anti-trafficking frameworks which increase trafficked persons' power;
- The role of monitoring and evaluation in achieving accountability in anti-trafficking responses;
- The role of impact evaluations including obstacles or limitations;
- Participatory monitoring and evaluation, what works and what doesn't;
- 'Citizen'-State accountability in situations of non-citizenship;
- Researching accountability in anti-trafficking: key emerging research questions, innovative methodologies, research gaps;
- Trafficked persons' evaluations of protection, prevention or prosecution services accessed;
- Service providers' evaluations of stakeholder responses to trafficking;
- Service providers' strategies to ensure anti-trafficking frameworks are empowering;
- What needs to change in anti-trafficking accountability spaces so that directly affected persons can be meaningfully involved;
- Putting accountability on the agenda of donors, states, stakeholders;
- Accountability reform agendas.


A paragraph outlining the proposed article must be sent to before the EXTENDED commissioning deadline:  16 th May 2011 .  Commissioned articles will need to be completed by 25 July 2011 when they will be considered for publication.

Please see the call for papers, and find further information on the website.