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Enabling Bride trafficking survivors in leading the cause of non-violence and subaltern Survivors led rights movement in India.
About This Cause
EMPOWER PEOPLE is known for its work to support and organize trafficked women and girls, against the vicious cycle of trafficking having a survivor-centric rights-based approach with an active engagement of religious/ethnic leaders, community members and other stakeholders. EMPOWER PEOPLE (EP) started as a movement in 2005 and is now taking the shape of an Organization. It works to support law enforcement agencies and families of victims, in locating missing girls and conducting rescue operations. EP ensures a close follow-up of every rehabilitation process in source areas by forming a diversity group for each individual case to ensure her safety against being trafficked again and to mitigate the social stigma prevailing in the area. This group consists of people with diverse backgrounds from the same society who act as her guardians in the local community. Similarly, for trafficked brides who continue living with their ‘husbands and children in destination areas, village communes are created which are managed and led by survivors themselves. The communes run skilling centres for women, where they gather to mutually learn and associate with each other as trafficking survivors and celebrate their unique individuality.