Day 1: Maharashtra Government pledges to end trafficking @ICWT2017

The inauguration was followed by a plenary session on, “Trafficking the Reality and Impact of Violence Against Women”. The speakers at the session were, Second Lady of Ghana, Mrs. Hajia Samira Bawumia; Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra, Mr. Sumit Mullick; Secretary, Consular, Passport, Visa and Overseas Indian Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, Mr. Dnyaneshwar Mulay; Retd. Director General of Police, Maharashtra, Mr. Praveen Dixit and Mr. Gary Haugen, CEO, IJM. Mr. Dixit, initiated conversations on taking action through the State Task Force and furthering the work against human trafficking.

In his opening keynote, Mr. Haugen explained how violence like slavery and sex trafficking keeps the poor from thriving in the developing world, but how any broken justice system can be strengthened to protect families in need. The Second Lady of Ghana, Mrs. Bawumia highlighted the need for collaborative processes saying, “Should we give up because of these difficulties? I believe the answer is no. We can only succeed if we work together. No government under the sun can succeed if they work alone. We need to work together. We need to see each other as partners in the fight.”

This was followed by a panel discussion on, “Preventing and Combatting Human Trafficking Crimes”. The discussion was moderated by Ms. Esther Daniel, Director of Structural Transformation Bangalore, IJM and the panelists were, Director General of Police Maharashtra, Mr. Satish Mathur; Commissioner of Police, Rachakonda, Telangana, Mr. Mahesh Bhagwat; Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development, West Bengal, Ms. Rossini Sen; Ms. Archana Kotecha, Head of Legal, Liberty Asia; Sr. Superintendent of Police Child Protection Unit at Department of Criminal Investigation, (Kenya), Ms. Grace Kjoki Ndirango; Dr. Girish Kulkarni, Founder Snehalaya and Mr. Jhonny Aguileira, FELCC of La Pazz, Anti-Crime Police Force.

The sessions resumed after lunch with a panel discussion on, “Sustainable Development and Human Trafficking”. The moderator for the discussion was Mr. Ajoy Varghese, Regional Director, India, IJM and the panelists were, Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Mumbai, Mr. Sanjay Saxena; Mr. Sunil Jacob, Responsible Sourcing Operation, Walmart; Mrs. Grace Pinto, Managing Director, Ryan International Group Institutions; Ms. Aafreen Siddiqui, State Focal Point, Maharashtra, United Nations Development Project; Mr. Dietmar Roller, Development Expert and CEO, IJM Germany; Mr. Menglang Keng, National Programme Officer, International Organisation for Migration.

The day concluded with an award function which recognised the restoration of survivors of trafficking and celebrated the efforts of government representatives and NGOs who had made an impactful contribution to the cause. The awardees are named below:



  • Kolkata – Sadhana (Sex Trafficking)
  • Mumbai – Tavi (Sex Trafficking)
  • Delhi – Bhinder Kaur (Bonded Labour)
  • Chennai – Pachayamma (Bonded Labour)
  • Bangalore – Shivamma (Bonded Labour)



  • Mumbai Police and Social Service Branch
  • Mr. Mahesh Bhagwat, IPS – Commissioner of Police, Rachakonda, Telangana
  • Ms. Roshni Sen – Principal Secretary, Women & Children Development & Social Welfare Department, Government of West Bengal
  • Dr. Prabhu Shankar, IAS – Sub-Collector, Tindivadam District, Tamil Nadu
  • Mr. Soumendu Mukherjee, IPS – Inspector General & Additional Director General of Police, Fire Service, Karnataka
  • Mr. Rajeev Sharma, IPS – Additional General Director of Police, Anti-Human Trafficking, Rajasthan



  • Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, Founder Prajwala
  • Dr. Girish Kulkarni, Founder Snehalaya


They were felicitated by the Chief Guest for the evening, the Governor of Goa, Mrs. Mridula Sinha, in the presence of Minister of Revenue and Public Works, Government of Maharashtra, Mr. Chandrakant Patil.



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