Introduction

Alliance Against Trafficking in Women and Children in Nepal (AATWIN), a national level network of non- governmental organizations, was formally formed on 6 June 1997, to strengthen the campaign against human trafficking and for human rights; focused on women’s and children’s human rights.

AATWIN has adopted the Human Rights-Based Approach in all its endeavors. It has been focusing, since its establishment, on policy changes to tackle human trafficking at the local, national, and international levels. It has undertaken tireless efforts to bring conceptual clarity on issues of human trafficking not only amongst its member organizations but also in wider populations. AATWIN recognizes that human trafficking is a global phenomenon, and strongly believes that national laws, policies, regulations, and functional service guidelines including campaigns should reflect international standards and practices. AATWIN aims to mobilize campaigns by joining hands together with as many as possible local, national and international organizations to fight against the issues pertaining to human trafficking.

Vision

AATWIN envisions a just and equitable society free of human trafficking.

Mission

To strengthen the movement against human trafficking, and the efforts to reduce and prevent it through empowering organizations promoting women’s and children’s human rights across the country as well as expanding co-ordination with like-minded international networks and institutions.

Goal

Reduce human trafficking through policy change and mobilize awareness campaign against human trafficking.

Major Objectives

  • To influence and support law- and policy-makers to formulate, amend and implement laws and policies against human trafficking;
  • To generate evidence on human trafficking to inform right holders and stakeholders;
  • To strengthen the network and capacities of the civil society organizations working against human trafficking and on human rights, particularly women’s and children’s rights;
  • To develop AATWIN as a national level Resource Center against human trafficking; and
  • To build capabilities of AATWIN members and staff on the ever-changing scenarios of human trafficking.

AATWIN’s Endorsement

  • AATWINacceptsthedefinition‘Traffickingin Persons’ as the act of transporting and transferring of persons from one place
    to another by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, the abuse of power or of a position
    of vulnerability or giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation amounting to violation of human rights. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
  • The underlying causes of human trafficking are the socio-economic and gender inequalities, patriarchal and conservative social structures, lack of political commitment, weakness of legal implementation, the inadequacy of legal instruments and mechanism, open-border with India, and unsafe migration.
  • Trafficking of women and children is not a stand-alone issue; it is interrelated and intersectional thus an important national agenda.
  • Human trafficking is the gross violation of human rights, which can only be abolished by transforming the existing exploitative and discriminatory structural fabric of our society.