EMPOWER PEOPLE (EP) is a survivor-centered organization working since 2005 to protect trafficked women through a rights-based approach.
EP collaborates with law enforcement, families and local leaders to conduct rescues and locate missing individuals. For rehabilitation, it forms "diversity groups" and "village communes" - community support systems managed by survivors that provide job training.These grassroots protection networks facilitate each case's close follow-up while addressing stigma. EP empowers women through local engagement and a model led by survivors, focusing on safety, rights and social reintegration.
Here's are the details of our ongoing Projects.
PROJECT EASE (Education-Assistance- Social empowerment- Employment)
PROJECT EASE Supported by L'Oreal aims to provide relief and rehabilitation support to trafficking survivors in Assam who were abandoned during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also works to prevent trafficking and empower at-risk women and girls.
The target area in Dubri suffers from frequent flooding which displaces residents every year, denying them steady access to education and livelihoods. This has made the population highly vulnerable to trafficking.
To prevent trafficking, the project engages at-risk community members, especially girls, in vocational training and education programs.
For rehabilitation, support includes counseling, legal aid, vocational skills training, and help with economic empowerment through entrepreneurship. A survivors' collective offers solidarity and social reintegration.
The project also works to curb re-trafficking and reintegrate survivors back into their communities through empowerment and addressing stigma. Legal and material assistance is given based on needs.
Project SEAL- (Social Integration, Entrepreneurship, Assistance, Leadership)
Project SEAL Supported by Kingdom of Netherland works with bride trafficking survivors in Yamunagar district of Haryana. It aims to empower survivors by promoting social integration, entrepreneurship, assistance, and leadership building.
The project identifies and engages survivors of bride trafficking to reclaim their agency. It does so through educational and vocational training programs as well as community engagement activities.
The goal is to ensure survivors can reclaim their voice and independence. Survivors are also encouraged and supported to take on community leadership roles.
An independent, survivor-led community-based organization is established to facilitate the project. It puts in place an effective mechanism for survivors to lead proactive awareness and empowerment campaigns.
By enabling entrepreneurship and engaging survivors in their community, Project SEAL aims to provide long-term socio-economic security and assimilation. The initiative works to empower survivors to achieve social change against all forms of violence against women.
Rise- Rebuilding Independence and social enterprise for bride trafficking survivors.
Project Rise Supported by Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd India, establishes a social enterprise to rebuild independence for bride trafficking survivors through entrepreneurship and community support.
The initiative provides survivors with training, mentorship and resources to start their own women-led canvas bag businesses. This enables sustainable income generation for economic empowerment and reduced vulnerability.
By producing and selling bags to partner companies, Project Rise fosters a market for the survivor entrepreneurs. It also raises awareness about bride trafficking and the importance of empowering survivors.
Additionally, the project cultivates a nurturing environment through networking opportunities between survivors and mentors. This communal support offers personal and professional growth.
Ultimately, Project Rise aims to equip bride trafficking survivors with the tools to successfully run their small businesses and reclaim independence. The social enterprise model simultaneously addresses human trafficking while promoting gender equality and social responsibility.
National Resource Centre for Bride Trafficking (Transit Cum training in Delhi)
The Centre is located in Delhi and aims to combat bride trafficking across state borders in India. It recognizes that women are trafficked from states like Assam to regions with disparate sex ratios like Haryana, UP and Rajasthan. Due to the inter-state nature of trafficking, the Centre focuses on extensive networking and coordination with NGOs and organizations working to prevent trafficking and restore missing persons. This allows for improved tracking of women transported across IndiaIn addition to engaging anti-trafficking groups, the Centre collaborates with faith-based and caste organizations for coordinated rescue and prevention efforts.
It also establishes an accessible helpline to inform stakeholders of legal updates and changes in intervention strategies. By bringing diverse actors together and facilitating information-sharing, the National Resource Centre works to disrupt bride trafficking networks that span multiple states. It plays a crucial role in supporting organizations on the ground and helping track missing trafficking victims