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Anti Human Trafficking

We use theatre to empower marginalized, uneducated and poor communities with improved awareness, knowledge and life skills to reduce their vulnerability to trafficking. We use theatre as a tool for researching with community factors leading to proliferation of this heinous crime.

  • 1 Awareness campaign
  • 2 Concentration Activity
  • 3 Observation activity
  • 4 Theatre games to improve flexibility with CRG staff
Our Work
• Street theatre based awareness campaigns have been undertaken at West Bengal, Goa, Bihar, Jharkhand, Sikkim and Rajasthan to build awareness on ramifications of trafficking, ways and means used by traffickers and mobilise community to be proactive in protecting women and children.

• We build and strengthen community based networks by involving new actors in the fight against trafficking like village women and youth, grassroots health workers, and local governing bodies. We sensitise the targeted partners on the issue and use theatre to mobilize their involvement and build their communication, advocacy and leadership skills.

• We have worked towards capacity building and training of police officials to stop Human Trafficking by strengthening law enforcements. A total of 81 workshops using theatre based methodology have been undertaken to strengthen prevention, investigation and prosecution process. Besides improving awareness on different dimensions of trafficking, laws for prosecution and conviction of crime, rescue and post rescue procedures, the workshops also sensitize the officials on human rights perspectives, gender issues and mental health aspects of survivors were held in 2006 covering 126 police stations across 11 districts of West Bengal and Kolkata. 23 workshops with supporting officials were held across 11 districts of West Bengal in the second phase in 2007. In 2008, 23 workshops were held across 16 districts of West Bengal covering 660 policemen.

• Theatre is used as a tool for research as it helps overcome barriers that inhibit open and free discussion on matters related to trafficking.


 Awards and recognitions

UNODC has documented our campaign & training methodologies as best practices in ‘Compendium of Best Practices on AHT by NGOs’
click here to view the compendium

UNFPA-LAADLI Media Award for Gender Sensitivity 2007, for best Community Theatre Project in Eastern India. 

Project Details

Project

Location and Duration

Client

Methodology

Social Communication and capacity building for prevention of child labour

8 GPs of Udaipur and Dungarpur of Rajasthan, April,2012-October,2012

UNICEF

Social communication and capacity Building of NGO workers for prevention of Child labour.

Global Fund To Combat Trafficking in Person

West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar
 March 2010,September 2011

US Department of State to moniter and Comabat TIP

Research, Communication Capacity Building and Theater workshops, Awareness campaigns, and Mobilization and networking of multiple stakeholders involved with the prevention of trafficking

Empowering and Capacity building of Police officers to stop Human Trafficking by strengthening law enforcement

All police stations across West Bengal
2006-08

UNODC

Sensitization and Awareness workshops with police officials

Researching emerging vulnerabilities leading to proliferation of human trafficking

Eastern Himalayas & Goa
2005-06

Unifem

Area wise mapping using theatre based research to understand factors leading to increased vulnerability of women and children to trafficking. 

Reducing vulnerability to sex tourism, trafficking and Violence against Women

11 Taluks in Goa
2005-06

Unifem

Research, Communication Capacity Building and Theater workshops, Awareness campaigns, and Mobilization and networking of multiple stakeholders involved with the prevention of trafficking.

Prevention of violence against women and children in Murshidabad

Murshidabad, West Bengal, which is a transit point for trafficking across the India Bangladesh border
2005

Dept. of Women and Child Development, GOI

Awareness campaign and Participatory theatre based research on trafficking routes, tactics and trends

Stories from the field

 Key projects

Social Communication and capacity building for prevention of child labour-

Communication intervention was undertaken in Udaipur and Dungarpur of Rajasthan to mobilize community led action for preventing child labour.

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Protecting Children from Trafficking in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar

The project was undertaken in 8 districts in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar. The project aimed to evolve a community based child centered approach for preventing Child Trafficking for labour, debt, bondage etc. through empowering vulnerable children and their communities with improved knowledge on human rights, legal right, child rights and capacity building at grassroots level.

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Capacity building of multiple stakeholders in reducing vulnerability to sex tourism, trafficking and Violence against Women, Goa, 2005-2006

An innovative research conducted using street theatre shows provided new insights into causes and consequences of human trafficking, sex tourism and paedophilia at Goa. Awareness campaigns were conducted across 11 Talukas. Workshops were held with different stakeholders like NGOs, police, health workers, staff at rescue shelters and homes, college students, FBOs and community based organisations to build their communication and mobilisation skills for fostering a community based safety net for protecting the vulnerable.  The programme led to mobilisation of youths for providing leadership in stopping trafficking, strengthening of legal aid facilities and improved networking with victim management services.

Awareness Campaign on prevention of violence against women and children, Murshidabad, 2005

Trafficking routes, tactics and trends were researched as part of an awareness campaign on vulnerabilities of women and children in the extremely vulnerable source and transit district of Murshidabad in India Bangladesh border.

Researching emerging vulnerabilities leading to proliferation of human trafficking, Eastern Himalayas & Goa, 2005-2006

Theatre was innovatively used to understand push and pull factors leading to increased vulnerability of women and children to trafficking.  The research led to area wise mapping of diverse factors ranging from disruptions in tea economy to increasing lure for materialistic and westernised lifestyle.

Research Reports
Description
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Research Report-Goa
Report on Research on Causes and Consequences of Trafficking in Women and Children using Theatre based Techniques November 2005- January 2006
Report on Training of Police Officials for Empowering and Capacity Building on Anti Human Trafficking August – December, 2008
UNODC Police training Phase II Report Training of Police Officers for Empowering and Capacity Building on Anti Human trafficking


http://www.unodc.org/southasia/en/frontpage/2012/july/bringing-the-curtain-down-on-human-trafficking.html




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