First Look: Supporting Survivors of Trafficking in India
March 21, 2021
GFEMS is funding International Justice Mission (IJM) to strengthen systems that protect victims of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and sustain their freedom in Maharashtra, India. In this project, the IJM team is working towards strengthening the institutions in place for the care and protection of CSEC victims across 10 districts in Maharashtra. GFEMS has partnered with Athena-Itad to review the intervention, with an objective to measure its progress towards a sustainable model for the reduction of modern slavery.
IJM aims to strengthen the institutions that bolster and facilitate protection and rehabilitation services for CSEC victims in order to prompt redressal and reintegration outcomes for CSEC victims in Maharashtra. This is a systems-focused intervention being implemented in four administrative divisions (Pune, Aurangabad, Amravati, and Nashik regions), which cover 10 districts of Maharashtra. The intervention is planned to be implemented in 3 phases in the selected districts in order to build capacity among the primary government institutions mandated to care for CSEC victims. Using a multi-pronged approach, the intervention focuses on 3 major aspects – upgrading Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) to a child-friendly model, strengthening Legal Aid Clinics (LACs), and supporting a Survivor Care Centre (SCC).
This ‘First Look’ case study focuses on the first aspect– a child-friendly CWC model. Building on the successful establishment of this model in CWCs in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Sangli, the IJM team is now planning to take this model to 10 other districts (Satara, Solapur, Kolhapur, Amaravati, Beed, Latur, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Jalna, and Nashik) with the GFEMS grant.