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Northern India

In the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the Freedom Fund is investing in a comprehensive intervention, supporting 22 partners to address all forms of bonded labour and trafficking across 27 districts. In this hotspot, bonded labour is especially common in agriculture, brick kilns and stone quarries, the commercial sex industry, and domestic work.

Partners run a range of programs, providing communities with economic alternatives and information about their rights, rescuing victims from exploitative workplaces, and giving legal aid in support of criminal prosecutions of traffickers. Read the Northern India Hotspot 2017 mid-year progress report.

Read the Northern India Hotspot 2016 annual report.

Click here to read more about the Northern India program.

LIVES IMPACTED 140,324
NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIBERATED 10,302
NUMBER OF AT-RISK CHILDREN IN SCHOOL 18,623
COST PER PERSON $45
Total Invested$7.12m

Metric

Total

Lives impacted

Number of active, regular participants of programs supported by the Freedom Fund. Includes members of community vigilance committees, self-help groups, individuals rescued from slavery, and those given educational, psychosocial or income generation services. Excludes those provided with one-time information.

140,324

Total invested

Total funds invested in hotspot programs since the Freedom Fund’s inception.

$7.12m

Cost per person

Average cost of community interventions per active, regular participant. Excludes grants made to partners working indirectly, e.g. at international policy level or for research and evaluation purposes. Excludes grants made for research and evaluation purposes.

$45

Victims liberated

Number of people liberated from any form of slavery, be it through gradual change of circumstance or shorter “rescue event”. The Freedom Fund’s approach is to only support liberations where services for survivor recovery are provided. We formalised this policy with partners in July 2016. Prior to this date a small proportion of reported liberations may not have included follow-up support.

Survivor recovery services are provided (by Freedom Fund partner or other agency) to ensure the individual can resettle with their family or independently, and can access socio-economic and legal assistance to ensure their freedom can be sustained.

10,302

Community freedom groups supported

Number of active, local groups, including community vigilance committees and self-help savings and loans groups, formed or supported by Freedom Fund partners.

1,971

At-risk children in school

Number of previously out-of-school children in slavery-affected communities now attending formal or informal education as a result of Freedom Fund support.

18,623

Graduates of vocational training

Number of slavery survivors or highly vulnerable individuals completing vocational training courses provided or referred by Freedom Fund partners.

3,199

Micro-enterprises started

Number of slavery survivors or highly vulnerable individuals who have started micro-enterprises as a result of Freedom Fund support

8,037

Individuals accessing social & legal services

Number of individuals provided with social and legal services by Freedom Fund partners. These services help slavery survivors recover from mental trauma as well as provide at-risk individuals with legal protection and options for recourse.

18,306

Individuals with new access to gov't services

Number of people supported by our partners who gain new access to government entitlements such as employment rights, school places, pensions, compensation payments, ID cards, and land rights.

20,426

Legal cases assisted

Number of individual legal cases that our partners provide any kind of support to, including advice, testimony, direct litigation, and witness protection.

1,643

Arrests

Number of arrests of traffickers and slaveholders in which one or more Freedom Fund partners played a key supporting role.

215

Convictions

Number of convictions of traffickers and slaveholders in which one or more Freedom Fund partners played a key supporting role.

28

Media stories

Number of media stories about slavery and trafficking that can be attributed to the Freedom Fund or its partners’ efforts to generate attention to the issue.

162

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OUR PARTNERS

Aangan Trust
Access Livelihoods Consulting
Adithi
Bhusura Mahila Vikas Samiti
Centre DIRECT
Childhood Enhancement through Training and Action
Fakirana Sisters’ Society
Guria Swayam Sevi Sansthan
Healing Fields Foundation
Institute for Development Education and Action
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Integrated Development Foundation
Manav Sansadhan Evam Mahila Vikas Sansthan
National Institute for Rural Development, Education, Social Upliftment and Health
Pragati Gramodyog Evam Samaj Kalyan Sansthan
Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre
Regions Beyond Medical Union Society
Rural Organisation for Social Advancement
Tatvasi Samaj Nyas


RESEARCH AND EVALUATION

The following research study has been completed in the Northern India Hotspot program:

The following evaluation is currently underway in the Northern India hotspot program:


SUCCESS STORIES

12 year old Sangeeta* and her four sisters used to work with their parents in a brick kiln. Even though they all worked many hours each day, the brick kiln owner did not pay sufficient wages. When they asked for an increase in their wages, the owner began to physically abuse them. 
One day, an MSEMVS staff member came to their community and explained the project activities in the area.

As a result, Sangeeta’s father joined an MSEMVS community vigilance committee (CVC) and collectively they are pressing for improvements at the kiln. The family enrolled Sangeeta in MSEMVS’ transitional school for out-of-school youth. 
Sangeeta became increasingly aware of the importance of education and helps other students at school. At the school, the students also learn about issues like unsafe migration, human trafficking, debt bondage. Sangeeta is passionate about what she’s been learning and has become an active member of the children’s forum, which meets with village officials to try to improve conditions in the area.

*Name changed to protect identity.