A tool to assess the human rights impact of anti-trafficking laws and policies

Who made The RighT Guide and why?

The RighT Guide, a tool to assess the human rights impact of anti-trafficking policies, was
developed by Aim for Human Rights, together with anti-trafficking, sex workers’ rights and
migrants’ rights organisations in Europe and in other parts of the world. They all shared
a growing concern about negative effects of anti-trafficking interventions on the human
rights of trafficked persons and other people affected by anti-trafficking laws, policies
and practices, like sex workers and migrants. An illustration of these concerns is the 2007
report of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women ‘Collateral Damage: the impact of
anti-trafficking measures on human rights around the world’. The report documents a wide
range of examples of how anti-trafficking policies negatively affect the people they are
supposed to benefit. These concerns, and the need for policies that respect the human
rights of all people affected by trafficking and anti-trafficking policies, gave rise to the
development of this tool.

The aim of the toolkit is to provide NGOs and other civil society organisations with
an instrument they can use to assess the intended and unintended effects of antitrafficking policies on the human rights of the people affected by those policies. The outcomes will provide them with evidence-based information to lobby for more effective measures that combat trafficking and exploitation while respecting and promoting human rights.
The development of this toolkit was a joint project undertaken by Aim for human rights
in the Netherlands, La Strada Czech Republic, La Strada International and SCOT-PEP (UK).
They were assisted by an advisory group consisting of: Victoria Nwogu on behalf of
GAATW (Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women) based in Thailand; Sabine Craenen and
Jan Knockaert from OR.C.A. (Organisation for Clandestine Workers) in Belgium; and Kaoru
Aoyama, Ponponmaru and Yukiko Kaname from SWASH (Sex Work and Sexual Health) in
Japan. Tom Etty contributed his extensive experience as a trade union official with the
Dutch confederation of trade unions, FNV, and the International Labour Organisation.
Many others helped to make the tool, coming from diverse backgrounds: human rights,
sex workers’ rights, migrants’ rights and labour rights. We want to thank them all for
sharing their expertise, enthusiasm and time. Without their input and confidence in the
project, this tool would never have been realised. We made use of the experience of Aim
for human rights in developing human rights impact tools, in particular the Health Rights
of Women Assessment Instrument (HeRWAI), but also of other organisations. We are
particularly indebted to Rights & Democracy, International Centre for Human Rights and
Democratic Development in Canada.
In 2010, the draft tool was tested by several organisations working against trafficking and
in defence of sex workers’ rights and migrants’ rights in Europe, Asia and Latin-America. La
Strada Czech Republic, Solidaritas Perempuan in Indonesia, X:talk in the UK and COSWAS
(Collective Of Sex Workers And Supporters) in Taiwan carried out the full assessment
process. In addition, Pro Tukipiste in Finland and Trajeto in Brazil conducted a threeday workshop to test the short version of the tool. The development and testing of the
tool was financed by the Daphne Programme of the European Union, the Dutch Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, Cordaid and the Maria Stroot Foundation. We want to thank them for
enabling us to undertake this challenge.


Project Website at the European Commission



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