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 individuals were served between the three camps. There were 14 government departments (Labor, Education, Rural Development, Health, Social Welfare, Land Revenue, Housing, Women and Child Development, District Child Protection Unit, Police, Childline 1098, Food and Civil Supplies, Petroleum and Natural Gas) available in their own stalls to provide immediate services such as registering and filling out application forms for various benefits and entitlements.
A few of highlights from JVI staff included:
- Successful submission of applications for 179 families, covering 540 individuals, to receive various government social welfare benefits, back wages, land pattas, school admission and gas cylinders.
- Distribution of 60 release certificates to rescued bonded labor survivors.
- Assisted 100 + labor trafficking survivors, who had lost assets in a flood, with applications for various benefits.
Learn more about JVI’s work in India to eradicate human trafficking, empower the urban poor and ensure access to justice.