June 2023 is set to mark a significant milestone for the Global Africans Against Slavery (GLAAS), as the organization prepares to select new leadership after almost three years of strategic planning which started on 30th August 2020, 2years after it was first conceptualized in private discussions with Her Excellency Mrs Fatoumatta Tambajang Jallow the former Vice President of The Gambia after the 2018 African Elders and Women Intercultural Dialogue.
GLAAS, a multi-sectoral coalition of relevant stakeholders, has been positioning itself to be at the forefront of the fight against Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants (HTMS). With a vision to eliminate these complex problems by deconstructing their inter-connectedness, GLAAS aims to unify policy efforts with field engagements to effectively combat this menace.
The formation of GLAAS stemmed from the realization that addressing the issue of Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling requires synergizing efforts and bringing together diverse understandings from different nations and communities. By acknowledging the diverse demography of socio-cultural and political realities, GLAAS believes it can forge a path that will demobilize this heinous crime entirely.
Operating on a module of multi-sectoral partnership, GLAAS has invited all identified stakeholders in the fight against Human Trafficking to join the Coalition. The organization recognizes the importance of collaboration and has extended invitations to various groups such as Cultural Leaders, Religious Leaders, Civic Society groups, Travel and Tour agencies, Hospitality Management officials, Road and Sea Transport and Airport officials, Media Practitioners, Creative Artists, Mental Health Experts, Labour Unions, Law Makers, Elected Rural Council members, Political Parties, Ward Chairmen/women, and every concerned citizen in Africa, both at home and in the Diaspora.
GLAAS firmly believes that the battle against Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling must begin at home. To this end, the organization is committed to practical, hands-on engagement in the fight against these crimes. Sensitizing people about the deceptive tactics employed by traffickers to lure innocent victims to destinations where their freedom is inhibited is of paramount importance to GLAAS.
The incorporation of modern ideas to thwart the efforts of traffickers, the creation of an enabling environment that encourages Africans to pursue and live their dreams on the continent, re-indoctrination of survivors, protection of potential victims, and ensuring the legal penalization of the perpetrators are all key aspects of GLAAS’s mission.
As GLAAS approaches the culmination of its three-year strategy planning phase, the organization is preparing to select new leadership to guide its future endeavors. This leadership transition is anticipated to bring fresh perspectives, renewed energy, and enhanced strategies to the fight against Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling. The selection process will involve careful consideration of qualified candidates who embody the core values and mission of GLAAS.
With the leadership selection scheduled for June, GLAAS aims to ensure a seamless transition and continuity in its fight against Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling. The incoming leaders will be entrusted with the responsibility of upholding GLAAS’s commitment to collaboration, practical engagement, and the eradication of human trafficking, migrant smuggling and their accompanying hazards to the society.
GLAAS’s efforts even in its preparatory stage have not gone unnoticed, as they have organised an African Storytelling session on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling which is to be a monthly activity aimed at children from 6 to 12 in collaboration with International African Story Netherlands and Kinara Park Kids USA, the session featured participation of 3 renowned storytellers from Kenya as well ,Ken Nyamweya , Wangs and Mila Zetu
GLAAS with itd global coalition plan that includes Diaspora Africa organisations continues to gain recognition for its significant contributions in addressing the pressing issue of Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling. With the new leadership set to be announced, GLAAS remains steadfast in its determination to build a united front against these crimes, involving all relevant stakeholders in the fight for a safer and more just society for African’s and the world at large.
GLAAS’s three-year strategy planning phase is nearing its end, and the organization is poised to choose new leadership this June. With its multi-sectoral coalition and commitment to practical engagement, GLAAS is expected to make substantial strides in combating Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling .
The incoming leaders will play a crucial role in continuing and leading this important plan, bringing renewed vigor and innovative strategies to the fight against Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling. GLAAS’s dedication to collaboration and its vision of a world free from Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling remains unwavering as it prepares to usher in a new era of leadership.