67 Rescued from Bonded Labor in Brick Kiln

Recently, during the COVID-19 lockdown in India, JVI and one of its local partners secured orders from the National Human Rights Commission directing local authorities in the state of Uttar Pradesh to free bonded laborers trapped in forced labor slavery in a brick kiln.  The local authorities took action, bringing freedom to 67 children, women and men. The victims were transported back to their homes of origin and to aftercare programs where they will receive supportive services from JVI and

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Two Minor Girls Rescued From Sex Trafficking

At the age of 9, Lavina* lost her father to a brain tumor which immediately plunged the family into a deep financial crisis. Her mother worked as a daily wage laborer at a paper bag facility but only earned $4 a …

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15 Boys Rescued From Forced Labor

In April of 2019, an employer promised 10-year-old Dinesh* a job to help him support his family. The employer promised his parents that he would have safe working conditions and good pay. Dinesh moved from Bihar, India to Delhi and began his job of selling water …

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Forced Into Slavery At Only 9 Years Old

India is home to millions of child laborers. Despite efforts by the Indian government and various NGOs tackling this issue, child labor still accounts for nearly 13% of the total workforce in India*. Extreme poverty and a lack of livelihood options make …

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A phone call that led to five months of captivity

Niya* lost her parents when she was only two years old and was raised by her grandmother in her native village in Bihar. When Niya was in the ninth grade, she received a phone call from an unknown number on …

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At a young age, Ali became one of nearly 12 million children in India forced into child labor.

Ali’s father abandoned him when he was just a boy. With his family struggling to survive, Ali left school at age 14 to work in his village. His family’s situation grew dire when floods ravaged their home, causing them to …

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Like many young girls growing up in poor villages in Nepal, Amala was vulnerable to trafficking.

Her family had few economic options. At age 11 she was pulled out of school to contribute to their expenses. She met a man who promised her a job and persuaded her to travel to Kathmandu, Nepal. Instead, she was …

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Renu Devi is proof that change in possible, even after generations of bondage in India.

Renu was 17 when she married and began her life of forced labor. Her husband was part of the Kamiya system—a form of caste-based, generational debt bondage. For four generations his family was enslaved and exploited for agricultural labor, with …

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Justice served for Nepalese survivors.

On November 5th, 2018 a notorious trafficker in Nepal was sentenced to 15 years in jail as a result of a testimony from a survivor who was trafficked by him nearly 10 years ago. Previous attempts had been made to …

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11 Victims Freed and 16 Perpetrators Arrested

On September 13th, 2019 local police authorities coordinated with JVI and one of its local partners to conduct a rescue intervention in Purnea (a district in northeastern Bihar, India) in which 11 female victims of sex trafficking were rescued. Of those …

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Forced Into Slavery At Only 9 Years Old

India is home to millions of child laborers. Despite efforts by the Indian government and various NGOs tackling this issue, child labor still accounts for nearly 13% of the total workforce in India*. Extreme poverty and a lack of livelihood options make

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Justice served for Nepalese survivors.

On November 5th, 2018 a notorious trafficker in Nepal was sentenced to 15 years in jail as a result of a testimony from a survivor who was trafficked by him nearly 10 years ago. Previous attempts had been made to

Read More »

11 Victims Freed and 16 Perpetrators Arrested

On September 13th, 2019 local police authorities coordinated with JVI and one of its local partners to conduct a rescue intervention in Purnea (a district in northeastern Bihar, India) in which 11 female victims of sex trafficking were rescued. Of those

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2019 Summer of Freedom Success!

We did it! Together, with your support and prayers, we met our Summer of Freedom fundraising goal. As a result, two Justice Hubs will be fully funded for one year!   These Justice Hubs will operate in Bihar and West Bengal, India allowing us to go deeper

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2018 Annual Report – A Year of Freedom

We are pleased to share JVI’s 2018 Annual Report.  Thanks to you and the dedicated work of our staff and partners, JVI directly impacted over 20,000 lives and thousands more were indirectly impacted through the ongoing work of our justice

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15 Boys Rescued From Forced Labor Slavery

Mahir*, along with 14 other boys, were trapped in a dilapidated building in southern Delhi where they were forced to live and work in an overcrowded room on the fourth floor  engaged in zari (traditional embroidery work). Mahir, only 14

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