Strengthening Local Organizations and Improving Justice Systems Through Training

JVI partners with local organizations and global stakeholders to bring freedom, justice and restoration to those suffering from human trafficking and other forms of extreme injustice.

JVI fights injustice not only by securing justice for individuals through rescue interventions, but also by strengthening private local organizations to fight injustice and improving public justice systems through human rights training

In July 2019, JVI conducted training sessions in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh and Gaya, Bihar. Over 150 NGO staff and government officials were trained.

In one of the training sessions, JVI educated the staff of Manav Sansadhan Evam Mahila Vikas Sansthan (MSEMVS), a leading anti-human trafficking organization in the region, on legal concepts and investigation methods pertaining to human trafficking. JVI and MSEMVS staff engaged in discussions on various provisions and benefits of Indian laws and procedures concerning trafficking in persons, specifically for commercial sexual exploitation and bonded labour.

Sharing case examples and historical judgements, JVI provided scenarios for participants to enhance their legal knowledge and further demonstrate the appropriate contextual implementation of legal provisions.

Training for MSEVMS staff in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Another training was held on human trafficking with special focus on Bonded Labour, Sex Trafficking and Child Labour for government officials in Gaya, Bihar, a high prevalence area for human trafficking in northern India. The training was attended by 115 local government officials including the District Magistrate, the Senior Superintendent of Police, Additional District Collectors, the District Attorney, Senior Deputy Collectors, and Sub Divisional Magistrates.

Training for government officials in Gaya, Bihar

After sharing about the severity and prevalence of human trafficking in India, JVI addressed the penal provisions of the Bonded Labour Act and provided a synopsis of the revamped scheme of the Ministry of Labour and Employment , “Central Sector Scheme for the Rehabilitation of Bonded Labour – 2016.” The training also covered mandatory procedures under the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act that are to be adhered to during rescue interventions. The personal secretary to the District Magistrate of Gaya expressed his appreciation for the training and requested that JVI conduct additional capacity building sessions for officials on a regular basis.

JVI believes that the work of justice is sustainable only if embraced and led by individuals in local communities where injustice occurs. As JVI continues to provide human rights and legal services training, we are seeing human trafficking and other justice issues addressed in a more holistic way through the combined efforts of local nonprofit organizations working in collaboration with police, prosecutors, and other government officials

Learn more about JVI’s work in India to eradicate human trafficking, empower the urban poor and ensure access to justice.

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