IJM speaks at Delhi Government’s State Conference on Rehabilitation

IJM Delhi was invited to be part of two different panels at the State Conference on 'Rehabilitation and Combating Trafficking of Women and Children in Delhi’, organised by the Delhi government’s Department of Women and Child Development and UN Women. Melita Fernandes and Tina Kuriakose represented IJM and presented on Legal Framework and Practical Measures in Human Trafficking Investigations, and Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Rehabilitation and Reintegration, respectively.

The event, conducted on May 8th, saw representation from various Central government ministries, Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Delhi, Child Welfare Committee, Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights, International Agencies, academia and civil society.

As part of two panels, IJM spoke on the right of victims from the time of rescue through holistic rehabilitation till the prosecution of the offenders. Melita spoke on the importance of investigation of human trafficking as an organised crime, witness protection, among other practical measures for convictions in human trafficking cases. She also spoke on the need for institutionalised trainings by government agencies and the impact of convergence among various government bodies for prosecution. Tina presented on IJM’s work on holistic care of victims needs across bonded labour and sex trafficking, starting from the day of rescue to their restoration and integration into families and communities. Tina also presented on the use of trauma informed care, needs assessment and various other aspects of the aftercare programme. The need for government ownership in rehabilitation was emphasized and the presentation ended with a video of a bonded labour survivor Renu Devi, who today is an elected community leader, free to make daily and long-term choices for her family.

IJM Delhi is now looking forward to engaging with newly connected government agencies on the issue of bonded labour.

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