India

59 Rescued From Forced Labor In Brick Kiln

On May 29th 2019, JVI and one of its local partners coordinated with police to rescue 59 victims from forced labor slavery from a brick kiln in Sonipat, Haryana (located on the outskirts of Delhi). The victims were trafficked from Jehanabad, Gaya and Murshidabad in Bihar. Those rescued represented 15

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Five Minors Rescued From Sex Trafficking

The Global Slavery Index estimates that 8 million trafficking victims live within India’s borders. The eastern state of Bihar ranks among the highest states for human trafficking.  Bihar is an area where JVI works to bring freedom, justice and restoration to the vulnerable and oppressed. On May 14th 2019, JVI

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29 Rescued From Forced Labor Slavery

On May 9th, 2019, JVI and one of its local partners collaborated with police and local government officials to free 29 victims from forced labor slavery at a brick kiln in northern India.  Among the families rescued were 16 minors (9 boys, 7 girls) who were also forced to work in the brick kiln

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38 Boys Rescued From Labor Trafficking

Aatif* grew up in a small village in West Bengal where he regularly attended school till the 6th grade. At the age of 13 years, Aatif was forced to drop out of school to look for work because neither of his parents were able to earn money. Aatif’s mother contracted

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D.C. Law Firm Assists JVI With Human Trafficking Toolkit

Four lawyers from the D.C. office of law firm Sidley Austin, LLP are providing pro bono services to assist JVI in updating two of its publications. Attorneys Sharon Rose, Christopher Ross, Michael Buschbacher, and Robert Smith will be reviewing JVI’s Human Trafficking Legal Reference Toolkit in preparation for a 2019 edition

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Forced Into Bonded Labor Since Age 10

On February 21, 2019, JVI and one of its local partners collaborated with government authorities to rescue five male victims from bonded labor slavery. One of the victims, Manjeet*, had been separated from his family and forced into bonded labor since age 10. Following the Kosi flood in Bihar in

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15,000 Receive Services In Legal Aid Camps

In 2018, JVI worked with government officials in Bihar, India to organize three legal service aid camps in Gaya, Sitamarhi and Purnea. The purpose of these camps was to bridge the gap of approachability (often associated with government departments) and provide free legal and health services to these communities. Over 15,000

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