MSEMVS aims to empower vulnerable communities, with a strong focus on anti-trafficking and the eradication of child labour. In its work with the Freedom Fund, MSEMVS focus on a cluster of villages in Uttar Pradesh which have been severely affected by bonded labour and trafficking. Their goal is to ensure that all enslaved victims are freed, that slaveholders are prosecuted and that communities are equipped to remain slave free.
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The National Institute for Rural Development, Education, Social Upliftment and Health (NIRDESH) will use this grant to enhance multi-stakeholder capacity for the reduction of modern slavery, with a focus on human trafficking, in the East Champaran district of Bihar. This will include the creation of community vigilance committees, ensuring the reintegration of large numbers of rescued children with their families, and strengthening the official responses of government.
National Institute for Rural Development, Education, Social Upliftment and Health (NIRDESH) will work in 32 villages of one district of Bihar. It will equip Community Vigilance Committees to independently provide support for the liberation and recovery of members of their community and neighbouring communities, including filing legal cases.
NIRDESH will also conduct life skills classes in government schools, supporting students to be aware of the risks of slavery and trafficking, as well as enabling teachers to reduce risky migration among their students. NIRDESH will carry out a market feasibility study about income generation opportunities within the local market, and assess the interests of high risk families within CVCs. Adolescents will be enrolled in vocational training and then linked to local jobs or helped to start their own micro businesses with the aim of reducing the need for migration and increasing their family’s resilience against slavery and trafficking. NIRDESH will coordinate rescue, reintegration and help with recovery for slavery survivors. They will provide home verification and follow up support for children reintegrated into their home communities. NIRDESH’s legal consultant will provide legal support to children and their families. NIRDESH will train officials at different levels to address slavery and trafficking in their working area and hold them accountable for effective actions.
NIRDESH’s 2018-2019 project will seek to achieve a rapid reduction in human trafficking, unsafe migration and child labour. It will establish effective community safety mechanisms and improved systems for identification, arrest, prosecution and conviction of traffickers, as well as strengthened Dhawa Dal committees to lead an effective community response for liberations and comprehensive rehabilitation. NIRDESH will also continue to provide shelter services to liberated children and assist with reintegrating them into their families and communities. Adolescents will receive livelihoods training, and 2000 students and 170 teachers in government-run schools will be sensitised on trafficking, bonded labour and child labour. At government level, NIRDESH will continue to network with block and district-level systems to seek their engagement and active support in project activities and sensitise stakeholders on child protection and safer migration issues.