EMPOWER PEOPLE is known for its work to protect, support and organize trafficked women and girls, against the vicious cycle of trafficking having a survivor centric rights based approach with an active engagement of religious/ethnic leaders, community members and other stakeholders.
EMPOWER PEOPLE (EP) started as a movement in 2005 and is now taking the shape of an Organization. It works to support law enforcement agencies and families of victims, in locating missing girls and conducting rescue operations. EP ensures a close follow-up of every rehabilitation process in source areas by forming a diversity group for each individual case to ensure her safety against being trafficked again and to mitigate the social stigma prevailing in the area. This group consists of people with diverse backgrounds from the same society who act as her guardians in the local community. Similarly, for trafficked brides who continue living with their ‘husbands and children in destination areas, village communes are created which are managed and led by survivors themselves. The communes run skilling centers for women, where they gather to mutually learn and associate with each other as trafficking survivors and celebrate their unique individuality.
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The Organization was started in the form of a Movement. In the initial stages, the organization was called Career Development Center (CDC) to impart and spread education as an awareness program among the youth and poor marginalized children. The movement gathered a huge potential of students from schools and colleges who joined CDC as volunteers to help achieve its goal.
A Coordinating Committee was formulated to monitor and scrutinize the path of development in this process of awareness with imparting education as its core issue for a larger participation of the masses. At the outset, the organization confronted many challenges in resource development due to lack of experience. Majority of them were senior students of Schools working as volunteers. The challenges opened up new avenues.
The CDC successfully established an informal centre for primary education with the help of students at Shastri School, Gaya district. A goal was defined where every volunteer would be bestowed with the responsibility to impart education in chain management. The pilot program was initiated at Amas block of Gaya district and the toil of members proved fruitful upon achievement of their motto. Twenty three centres were then formally established at Gaya district of Bihar and Chatra (now in Jharkhand) as a larger project. All centres have been handed over to the youths at the local plane.
The organization moved onward and successfully made its way to Delhi and worked to safeguard the rights of migrant labourers and ensure basic education to their children as their right. In the year 2006, the organization was formally established as EMPOWER PEOPLE, registered under the society registration act 1860. Empower People initiated its journey with a PadaYatra of three hundred kilometers against female foeticide under the premiership of its founder Shafiq ur Rahman Khan from Jind to Hisar in Haryana.