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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The Home page of The Anti-Trafficking Review (ATR) states that the journal “promotes a human rights based approach to anti-trafficking… explor[ing] trafficking in its broader context including gender analyses and intersections with labour and migrant rights.”
Each issue of the journal explores different emerging themes in human trafficking. The first issue, of June 2012, titled Where’s the Accountability, discusses “how the ‘accountability vacuum’ affects the ability of migrants to realise their rights and entitlements; what this means for rights-based approaches to human trafficking; and the role that anti-trafficking organisations could play in promoting greater accountability.” Articles in that issue included, “Measuring the Success of Counter-Trafficking Interventions in the Criminal Justice Sector: Who decides—and how?,” “Accountable to Whom? Accountable for What? Understanding anti-child trafficking discourse and policy in southern Benin,” and “A lie more disastrous than the truth: Asylum and the identification of trafficked women in the UK.”
Articles in the second issue, of September 2013, titled Human Rights at the Border, include, “In the Eyes of the Beholder: Border enforcement, suspect travellers and trafficking victims,” “Immigration Policy Reform in the United States: Reframing the enforcement discourse to fight human trafficking and promote shared prosperity,” and “From the Horn of Africa to the Middle East: Human trafficking of Eritrean asylum seekers across borders.”
The journal’s editorial board is an impressive international one, and the editors are affiliated with the publishing body, the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), an “Alliance of more than 100 non-governmental organisations from Africa, Asia, Europe, LAC and North America… [that] collects and disseminates information, and advocates on behalf of the Alliance at regional and international levels.” Authors include scholars, professionals, government officials, and other experts working in the fields of human rights and human trafficking.
Each issue of the journal includes a Debates section in which multiple views of a controversial subject are presented, and some issues include book reviews. ATR is indexed in Ulrich’s, the Directory of Open Access Journals, eGranary, e-journals.org, and several ProQuest and EBSCOhost databases.
Only two issues have been published thus far, but this looks to become an important title among human rights journals, and is strongly recommended for libraries serving human rights researchers and activists.