Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
When it launched four years ago, AntiTrafficking Review was the first specialist journal on human trafficking to be found in the literature. Now it is a first-rate journal examining issues of human rights violations and migrant rights. The editorial board reads like a “Who’s Who” in the world of anti-traffiking, migration, anti-slavery studies, and other human rights studies.
The journal’s Focus and Scope section states that they “welcome submissions from a diverse range of actors, including academics, practitioners, trafficked persons and advocates. The Anti-Trafficking Review particularly welcomes contributions from practitioners and those with direct experiences and insights to share…. [It is] aimed at a wide readership. It therefore encourages submissions that are in clear, jargon-free English with appropriate but not excessive citation.” This does makes a difference in the readability of the journal: not only is it freely-accessible in terms of no-fee access, but the material is presented in such a way as to be readable and readily understandable to scholars and laypersons, alike.
The current issue as of this review is Number 6, 2016, guest edited by Anne T. Gallagher. Ms. Gallagher is “a legal practitioner, adviser and independent scholar specialising in criminal justice, human trafficking and migrant smuggling. She is currently an adviser to United Nations, ASEAN and the Australia-Asia Trafficking in Persons Program. Her other roles include Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Presidential Task Force on Trafficking; member of IOM’s Migration Advisory Board; and Academic Adviser at Doughty St Chambers in London.” In other words, an expert in anti-trafficking. The theme of this special issue is Prosecuting Human Trafficking, and Ms. Gallagher’s introductory essay, “The Problems and Prospects of Trafficking Prosecutions: Ending impunity and securing justice” outlines the issues tackled in Volume 6. Other articles in the issue include: “Two Birds with One Stone? Implications of conditional assistance in victim protection and prosecution of traffickers,” “Transaction Costs: Prosecuting child trafficking for illegal adoption in Russia,” “The Prosecution of State-Level Human Trafficking Cases in the United States,” “Trafficking of Women for Sexual Exploitation in Europe: Prosecution, trials and their impact,” “The Prominent Role of National Judges in Interpreting the International Definition of Human Trafficking,” “Investments in Human Trafficking Prosecutions are Indispensable,” “Prioritising Prosecutions is the Wrong Approach,” “The Importance of Strategic, Victim-Centred Human Trafficking Prosecutions,” “Resisting the Carceral: The need to align anti-trafficking efforts with movements for criminal justice reform,” “Not All Prosecutions are Created Equal: Less counting prosecutions, more making prosecutions count,” “Villains and Victims, but No Workers: Why a prosecution-focussed approach to human trafficking fails trafficked persons,” Innocent Traffickers, Guilty Victims: The case for prosecuting so-called ‘bottom girls’ in the United States,” “Human Rights and Economic Opportunity Will End Trafficking,” and “Palermo’s Promise: Victims’ rights and human trafficking.” A number of these articles are responses to this ATR Debate Proposition: ‘Prosecuting trafficking deflects attention from much more important responses and is anyway a waste of time an money.” Geographic areas reported on in these articles include Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Serbia, the Netherlands., Russia, the United States, and other countries. Authors here include academics, government officials, administrators and practitioners associated with global NGO’s, attorneys from around the world, and other stakeholders and advocates against human trafficking.
This scholarly yet practice-based, open access journal compares very favorably to Routledge’s Journal of Human Trafficking, and, of course – it’s free (with no APCs), as compared to a price tag of $447.00 for the Routledge title. AntiTrafficking Review is a title of which you should make your human rights researchers aware. It is indexed in a number of ProQuest resources, including ProQuest Criminal Justice.