Accomplishments

  • Africa
    • South Africa
      CATW officially established a regional office in South Africa (CATW-SA) headed by Noziziwe Madlala-Routledge in 2011. Nozizwe is an activist and former member of parliament. CATW-SA developed a petition to raise awareness of trafficking during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Price recipient was the first person to endo...
    • Ghana
      As a result of an investigation by Enslavement Prevention Alliance -West Africa (EPA-WA), 15 children were rescued in July 2008 from an Imam in Bimbilla, Ghana. The Imam trafficked boys for forced begging and farm labor and sexually abused the girl victims under the guise of providing them with an Islamic education. EPA-WA also organized victim pro...
    • Mali
      In 2005, CATW Africa organized two major projects. The first was a training on the trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and children for journalists from eight regions of Mali. Since mainly the trafficking of children is a topic known to the public, the workshop publicized the fact that women are also trafficked for sexual exploitation in l...
  • Asia
    • Filipino Courts Sentence U.S. Marine to 12 Years
      Over a year after 26-year-old Jennifer Laude, a prostituted transgender Filipina, was found strangled, a U.S. Marine was found guilty of homicide convicted of homicide. Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was sentenced to 12 years in prison by a Filipino high court and will serve his sentence in the Philippines. Our regional partner, the Coa...
    • In the Philippines, First Response is Critical for Protecting Women and Girls
      In Aftermath of Typhoons Yolanda and Ruby, CATW-AP Acts as First Responder to Prevent Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Exploitation in the Philippines A little over a year after Super Typhoon Yolanda (also known as Haiyan) devastated the Philippines killing more than 6,000 and displacing an estimated 4 million people, the islands faced another n...
    • Asia
      CATW-Asia Pacific (CATW-AP) conducts original camps designed to create gender equality. The camps focus on gender equality as a necessary part of development. The camps address sexual exploitation by preventing young men from becoming buyers of commercial sex or future perpetrators of violence. The camps empower young women by making them aware of ...
    • Russia
      CATW partnered with MiraMed Institute and the Angel Coalition in Moscow to carry out a campaign designed to raise awareness about human trafficking, enlist long-term support and commitment from local governmental and public institutions to sustain prevention of trafficking programs in the area, promote a different view of women in society, and publ...
    • First Ever Regional Meeting of Survivors
      The first-ever Regional Meeting of Survivors was organized by CATW-AP in New Delhi, India on April 2-5, 2011.  With four survivor leaders attending from the Philippines, they were able to share model strategies from our project which will be emulated by survivors and advocates in India, Nepal, Taiwan and South Korea. 
    • Kuwait
      The Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) in collaboration with CATW organized the first ever consultation on the sexual exploitation, prostitution, and trafficking of women and girls in the Middle East with a focus on Iraq in December 2007 in Kuwait. Long-term CATW affiliate Rachel Eapen Paul, Program Manager for NCA’s Capacity Building, Democracy and Human ...
    • South Korea
      On September 6, 2006 the Center for Women’s Human Rights, an NGO based in Seoul, South Korea held a groundbreaking conference titled “The Links Between Prostitution and Trafficking: Focusing in Women’s Human Rights and the Issue of Demand.” This conference brought together hundreds of women’s rights leaders, scholars, politicians, and activists. Th...
    • India
      In 2005-2006 CATW first partnered with Apne Aap to address the demand for commercial sex. This project was organized to help educate authorities, especially the police and the judiciary in addressing trafficking by focusing on the demand for commercial sex and appropriate protection and assistance for victims. Three trainings were carried out for l...
    • Indonesia
      In July-August, 2002, the Center for Women Studies (Pusat Studi Wanita/PSW) of the State Institute of Islamic Studies (Institut Agama Islam Negeri/IAIN) sponsored a five-week course on Islam, Gender and Reproductive Rights. Organized by Siti Ruhaini Dzuhayatin, Director of the Center for Women’s Studies, and CATW’s representative in Indonesia, this...
  • Europe
    • Italy/Nigeria
      IROKO carries out training programs for social workers and members of NGOs, working with victims of trafficking or managing shelters. IROKO assists trafficking survivors with their own independent commercial activities and continues to provide housing facilities, economic assistance and psychological and medical support to victims of traf...
    • Albania
      CATW’s European Representative Malka Marcovich and our Albanian partner the Women’s Media Group launched the Southern Mediterranean Anti-Sex Tourism Campaign. The campaign "No to Sex Tourism, Yes to Cultural Tourism" focuses on the encroaching sex tourism in the country, promotes awareness of women's rights, and advocates against initiatives t...
    • Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Moldova, Russia, and Serbia
      CATW participated in a three day consultation to train NGOs from Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Moldova, Russia, and Serbia to launch projects to prevent trafficking by addressing the links between prostitution and trafficking and the demand for sexual exploitation ...
    • Balkans
      Sponsored by a joint CATW European Women’s Lobby (EWL) project, in conjunction with the Centre for Women War Victims –ROSA, the Women’s Room – Centre for Sexual Rights, and the Centre for Women’s Studies in Zagreb organized an international conference “Preventing Trafficking in Conflict and Post Conflict Situations: Who Is Responsible” in ...
    • Mediterranean Network Against Trafficking in Women (MNATW)
      The Mediterranean Network Against Trafficking in Women was established and launched in 2010 by CATW, the Forum des Femmes de La Méditerranée, and Femmes Solidaires. The Network includes representation of all 14 countries of the Mediterranean region and was officially launched on November 25th, 2010 in Marseille France on the Internation...
    • Sweden
      In 2008, CATW together with Swedish police officers and prosecutors were invited by the Glasgow City Council to carry out a two-day training session on the Swedish approach to prostitution and trafficking in human beings for Members of Scottish Parliament (MSP’s), Glasgow City Council members, Strathclyde police and members of police agen...
    • Norway
      The Women’s Front of Norway has worked against prostitution for 30 years. The Women’s Front meets with parliamentarians and trade unionists advocating against prostitution and demanding social services and job training for survivors of prostitution and trafficking. As a result of this pressure, a law criminalizing the purchase of a sexual a...
    • Iceland
      In 2009, Iceland became the third Nordic country to pass legislation against the buying of sexual activities. Those caught paying for prostituted sex could face a fine or up to one year in prison. If the victim is under the age of 18, the buyer risks up to two years in prison.Almost one year after, Skotturnar (an umbrella organization o...
    • Bulgaria and Romania
      In 2007-2008, CATW carried out The Challenge Project in Bulgaria and Romania to contest the trend in legislative proposals and programs to legalize and decriminalize the sex industry and the prostitution sector. This prevention project used various means to raise awareness in public contexts, such as media and civic forums, about the cons...
    • Ireland
      In 2007 the government of Ireland announced a number of actions to prevent and combat human trafficking, including the introduction of a Human Trafficking Criminal Law Bill and the development of national anti-trafficking action plan. The Immigration Council of Ireland (ICI) invited CATW to be a keynote speaker to a roundtable discussion ...
    • Germany
      In January 2006 CATW launched the extraordinarily successful international campaign titled “Buying Sex is Not a Sport” to protest Germany’s promotion of prostitution during the World Cup Games in June/July 2006. Malka Marcovich coordinated the campaign which included an online petition in five languages which was ultimately signed by more t...
    • Finland
      The League of Finnish Feminists organized a forum in September 2005 to promote the National Action Plan Against Trafficking in Human Beings as Finland prepared for its publication and a proposed law against the demand criminalizing the buyers of sex. This law was due to come up for a parliamentary vote in 2006. The forum was titled “Towar...
    • Moldova
      In 2005, CATW’s partner project in Moldova was implemented by the Association for Women in Contemporary Society. The Association had long worked in rescuing Moldovan and other victims of trafficking from the jails of the United Arab Emirates. The Association produced public information materials warning about the consequences of trafficki...
    • Republic of Georgia
      CATW’s partner, the Center for Foreign Citizens and Migrants Rights and Security (FCRS), organized courses on migrating abroad for potential migrants from Georgia. This course provided information on the realities and risks of the trafficking and migration experience. The course educated individuals about the perils of the journey, offeri...
    • Estonia, Latviaia, and Lithuania
      CATW carried out the two-year project on “The Baltic Network to Challenge the Legalization and Decriminalization of Prostitution Industries and Focus on the Demand.” This project strengthened information, research and advocacy networks in these three Baltic countries, conducted media campaigns and trainings, and educated law enforcement, ...
    • Spain
      In 2004, forty speakers and 325 participants attended the Congress on “The Cities and Prostitution.” The conference was organized by Asuncion Miura, Director of the Equal Opportunity Commission of the Municipality of Madrid, and member of CATW’s international Board of Directors. It was opened by Ana Botella, Deputy Mayor of Madrid. Among ...
  • Latin_America_and_the_Caribbean
    • CATW-LAC Selected as Dining for Women's 2016 June Featured Program Grantee
      We are thrilled to announce that the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women - Latin America and the Caribbean (CATW-LAC) has been selected as the June 2016 Featured Program for Dining for Women. The grant will support CATW-LAC's Legal Assistance and Representation Program through its Red Alert System. This work is critical, as it provides acce...
    • Partner Spotlight: CATW-LAC's Red Alert System
      Imagine your 24-year old daughter leaving home for the gym one morning, an ordinary act on an ordinary day. Only that day, she does not come back home. Despite your frantic attempts at finding her, an entire year passes. You receive a call that the man you believe was involved in the disappearance of your daughter was arrested and is in f...
  • North_America
    • CATW Led National Public Radio Seminars for Journalists
      WBUR, Boston’s National Public Radio (NPR) News Station, received a grant from the U.S. State Department to host journalists’ visits to the United States and to acquaint journalists with U.S. organizations working to combat trafficking and sexual exploitation. As part of the program, WBUR organized several seminars focused on media covera...
    • Canada
      Canada’s laws on prostitution were under legal review in 2010. CATW released a press statement standing in opposition to the Ontario Superior Court’s decision which voiced Canada’s anti-prostitution law. “This decision is certain to put even more girls and women at risk for sex trafficking. IT is premised on false notions and is seriously...
    • Brussels, Belgium
      In October 2005 as part of the joint project on sex trafficking and prostitution, CATW and the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) organized a press conference at the European Parliament titled “Who Speaks for Women in Prostitution”. The aim of this press conference was to amplify the voices of survivors of prostitution and what they had to say ...
    • Chicago Conference on the Demand
      Represented by Dorchen Leidholdt, Meredith McGowan and Barbara Kryszko, CATW participated in the landmark Demand Dynamics Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on October 16-17, 2003. The conference gathered together advocates, experts, and key government officials, to confront and eradicate the demand for women and children in prostitution th...
    • Vancouver
      In response to a proposal to create sex industry tolerance zones, launched by some Vancouver city council members with the alleged support of the mayor, the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter organized a press conference and Public Forum on Ending Prostitution to speak out against the proposal on October 10, 2003.  Speakers ...
  • Oceania
    • Australia
      As part of the global 16 days of Activism to End Violence Against Women in December 2010, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia (CATWA) held an event at the University of Melbourne to launch the report Not Just Harmless Fun: The Strip Club Industry in Victoria. The event featured Guardian columnist Julie Bindel via Skype, and Dr. M...
  • South_America
    • Latin America and the Caribbean
      The Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School awarded human rights activist Teresa Ulloa Ziaurriz, Regional Director of CATW-Latin America and the Caribbean (CATW-LAC) as the 2011 recipient of the Gleitsman International Activist Award. Teresa was honored for her work fighting human trafficking and violence against women for ...