COVID-19 Rapid Response
The Indian government is facing an extraordinary challenge to protect over a billion densely packed people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdown in India has already disproportionately hurt marginalized communities due to loss of livelihood and lack of food, shelter, health, and other basic needs.
JVI and it’s partners in India are working together to respond to the crisis, particularly as it pertains to the human trafficking survivors we serve and working to protect others who are vulnerable. Our team is continuing to work on human trafficking cases remotely, conducting trainings with our partners online, and working with both partners and local government officials to coordinate emergency provisions for thousands of human trafficking survivors who are facing very difficult economic times.
Our team conducted an assessment of 3000+ survivors from 880 families in Northern India. We found that families were at risk of severe malnutrition as they had no food grains. We immediately began visiting villages distributing food rations, sanitizer, soap and masks.
In addition, we are coordinating with local government officials to ensure all survivors can access the announced government benefits. These benefits can take time. In the meantime, we will continue to serve these survivors to ensure they have adequate provisions.