ACHIEVEMENTS

End-to-end Casework

  • Rescued 4,753 victims of trafficking from destination points across India
  • Supported 3,257 survivors through an intensive aftercare program
  • Ensured access to fair compensation and justice for our survivors
  • Aided in the arrest of 1150 accused, handled 437 prosecution cases, secured 126 convictions thus disrupting the criminal network
  • Trained 44,200+ frontline professionals including officials from the judiciary, law enforcement agencies, the Department of Woman and Child Development (DWCD), and civil society members
  • Established a pioneering and exclusive Skill Training Program for survivors of human trafficking and vulnerable girls
  • Facilitated successful repatriation of trafficked survivors
  • Created a unique Case Management and internal data analysis system to record all aspects of casework to achieve evidence based analysis
  • Built strategic multidisciplinary partnerships with stakeholders operating at different levels to achieve the above results


Casework Driven Systemic Change

Through years of casework at the grassroots, we have established credibility and close relations with the State as a pioneering organisation in the fight against this horrific crime. We support the State and add momentum through collective action to tackle human trafficking by undertaking the following initiatives:

  • Organising District Convergence Meetings and consultations to tackle the issue of human trafficking at the district level
  • Developed and disseminated Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), protocols, training modules and policy recommendations for use as a best practice.

    • SOP for first responders to combat cross-border human trafficking along Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bangladesh border along with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
    • SOP for Child Friendly Courts in partnership with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)
    • SOP on Inter Jurisdictional transfer of evidence in trafficking cases through video conferencing with the Indian judiciary and other stakeholders
    • SOP/guidelines on Shelter Homes with the Department of Women and Child Development, Govt. of Karnataka
    • SOP on Human Trafficking in partnership with the Department of Women and Child Development, Govt. of Karnataka

  • Membership to Central and State committees and pan-India partnerships to tackle human trafficking and for juvenile justice
    • Central Drafting Committee on the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, and the Model Rules: Based on the central version of Juvenile Justice Model Rules
    • Karnataka State High Power Committee on Anti-Human Trafficking
    • Delhi Commission for Women Expert Committee on Rehabilitation of victims of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation
    • Honourable Committee on the implementation of Juvenile Justice Act at Calcutta High Court, West Bengal
    • Maharashtra State Drafting Committee of the Juvenile Justice Rules
    • Karnataka State Core Committee on the Human Trafficking Standard Operating Procedures
    • Advisory Group of Professionals/Experts dealing with the issue for developing Standard Operating Procedures on the Prevention of Drug and Substance Abuse amongst Children
    • Anti-Trafficking and Missing Children’s Cell, Karnataka
    • Karnataka State Core Committee on the Human Trafficking Standard Operating Procedures
    • Association with NCPCR in multiple projects related to anti-human trafficking, child labour and child protection
  • Pioneered path breaking measures in the area of prosecution and rehabilitation of survivors
    • Child Friendly Courts (designed and implemented South India’s first Child Friendly Court in Hyderabad)
    • Video conferencing for witness testimonies during trials and institutionalising repatriation of foreign nationals to their country of origin
    • The Foundation Course, a specially designed programme that helps build aptitude and abilities of survivors of trafficking to prepare them for skill training programmes. The course was launched at a special event hosted at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on International Women’s Day in 2018 by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind

Evidence Based Impact Measure

  • Promoting Gender Equality at the Workplace:

    A path-breaking project carried out for the British High Commission, Foreign Commonwealth Office, and global textile giant Marks & Spencer (M&S), aimed at facilitating and promoting an abuse and harassment-free work environment in the manufacturing supply chain of the garment industry in India.

    A central aspect of our role in this unique assignment was to also carry out meticulous interventions in two factories on prevention of sexual harassment in the M&S supply chain. The interventions used creative forms keeping the needs of the workers in mind. These included street theatre, art installations, comic books, workshops and training sessions. This project has positively impacted the lives of over 2000 factory workers in India.

  • The Border Study:

    An exclusive research program on cross-border trafficking and safety along the Indo-Bangladesh border. The objectives of the study included measuring the prevalence of cross-border trafficking and mapping awareness levels and incidences of crime in vulnerable pockets in the area.

  • Child Marriage vis-à-vis Human Trafficking:

    This study was commissioned by the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) to carry out research on child marriage and its relationship with human trafficking. This was accomplished by identifying datasets where the linkage has been established, understanding causes and effects of child marriage and sex trafficking, which include social and historical factors, and analysing the current legal framework with regard to both the phenomena and recommendations on tackling the problem in Maharashtra.

  • WMS Judgement Trend Analysis:

    WMS analysed judgements received in 52 cases handled by the organisation between 2017 and 2019. The overall conviction rate stood at 30.8% with 73 accused convicted. The conviction in trafficking cases under the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, 1986 was 35.7% while the national average according to the National Crime Records Bureau[1] during the same period was 25%. The study also reported that the average time taken for the progression of the cases being followed up by WMS was 4 years, 4 months and 24 days (Median: 4 years, 3 months and 28 days). According to a study conducted by Daksh[2], the average number of days taken for a criminal case to progress in India is 2184 days or 6 years.

Reports

SOP to Counter Cross Border Trafficking in Persons: India - Bangladesh

 

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SOP on Inter Jurisdictional Transfer of Evidence in Trafficking Crimes Through: Video Conferencing

 

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Whitepaper on District Convergence Consultation for Purba Medinipur

 

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