SASANE (Samrakshak Samuha Nepal)

SASANE is a Nepali NGO established by female survivors of human trafficking on the principle that survivors have great potential to create social change. Staffed primarily by survivors, SASANE works to end the physical and sexual exploitation of women and girls, secure their legal rights, and empower them to live free and dignified lives. We work passionately to ensure that survivors and women still trapped in sexual exploitation can escape abuse, achieve their dreams, and become leaders.
Jul 31, 2014

Our paralegals become assets to society

Remote area education through paralegal
Remote area education through paralegal

Since 2008, Samrakshak Samuha Nepal’s paralegal training program, a complete grassroots effort, has changed the lives of women affected by human trafficking. Founded by survivors for survivors, the paralegal program has helped reintegrate women through giving them the tools they need to succeed and the confidence they need to stand on their own feet and raise their voices. In a society where the inhumane treatment they suffered through caused others to disrespect and outcast them, the paralegal training program has empowered these women through allowing them access to knowledge of the legal system, respectable jobs, and economic sustainability. The program provides training for 30 survivors in Kathmandu Valley and 15 survivors in Pokhara. The training includes 1 month of theoretical training, which includes computer skills and English language training, and then 6 months of practical training working alongside our paralegals in various police stations. Currently, SASANE’s paralegals work in 25 police stations throughout Kathamandu Valley and 6 police stations in Pokhara. Once becoming certified paralegals, survivors become assets to society, combating the cruel yet heavily prevalent industry of human trafficking, one of the most heinous human rights violations known to mankind.  

In February 2014, 27 out of 30 survivors sat for the Kathmandu paralegal exam, and 23 passed. In July 2014, 15 out of 15 survivors sat for the Pokhara paralegal exam, and 9 passed. These empowered girls, along with other paralegals at SASANE, are now teaching. Some teach basic education and awareness classes to women in rural mountain villages, the areas in which traffickers target girls because they tend to be less educated and more impoverished. They are there to offer support to vulnerable, at-risk women and girls, and have become quite close with the communities they work with. Others teach classes in government schools, the schools attended by the majority of Nepal’s impoverished children, to bring awareness of gender based violence and human trafficking dangers. These students are generally in grades 8-10, and they are very receptive to the classes. Our paralegals strive to make the classes more discussion-based so that each student can bring in his or her personal experiences rather than a lecture-style class.  This past year, our paralegals have educated and touched the lives of 210 women in mountain villages and, since the start of the school awareness program, 4,956 students.

Our work to empower and reintegrate survivors, and their work thereafter to fight human trafficking through the use of education and awareness, would not be possible without the support of our donors and partners, and for these contributions, we at SASANE are forever grateful. Though we only train 45 women to become paralegals annually, we receive a flood of applications from survivors, and we would love to train and thereby empower every single woman who wants to make a change in her situation and society. However, without the funding, we are limited in our scope. With your donations and support, we at SASANE hope to expand our program and bring an end to human trafficking, one survivor at a time.  

School awareness program about Human trafficking
School awareness program about Human trafficking
Paralegals hold comic books
Paralegals hold comic books
Paralegals with Paralegal certificates
Paralegals with Paralegal certificates

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May 1, 2014

Empowering Survivors as Paralegals

First class of paralegal training in Pokhara
First class of paralegal training in Pokhara

An amazing grassroots organization in Nepal called Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE) (www.sasane.org.np) is dedicated to empowering women human trafficking survivors by training them to become certified paralegals. SASANE’s paralegals provide access to justice, completely free of charge, for other women who are survivors of trafficking and gender-based violence in 25 police stations across Kathmandu and 6 police stations in Pokhara. SASANE’s paralegals also conduct education and awareness training in remote villages and government schools in Nepal in order to combat human trafficking and gender-based violence at its source. SASANE started the paralegal program in 2008, and to date has trained a total of 175 certified paralegals.

In 2014, SASANE placed 45 paralegal interns in different police stations for the practical course of the paralegal training program. 30 survivors were in the program in Kathmandu and 15 survivors were in the first class of the newly formed Pokhara program. 3 of the 30 girls in the Kathmandu program chose not to sit for the examination on the 15th of February, but of the 27 paralegal interns who took the examination, 23 passed and are now certified paralegals. 20 of these paralegals are working in police stations in the Kathmandu Valley until the end of July. The other 3 paralegals are working in SASANE’s Sisterhood of Survivors program, where they are being trained in the tourism and hospitality industry. The 15 paralegal interns in Pokhara are still awaiting the court to set a date for their examination. In June 2014, SASANE will be providing the paralegal training to a new group of 45 trafficking survivors. Every year, SASANE selects 45 girls and provides them with this training in order to make them economically sustainable. Through this program, survivors receive trauma counseling, while at the same time gaining legal knowledge and justice.

This project has the objective of the survivor helping the survivor. With the help of donors, SASANE can become more sustainable and provide aid to even more survivors, as well as other at-risk women and children. Financial support also gives SASANE and survivors much needed encouragement to continue helping others who have suffered at the hands of traffickers. SASANE needs the support of donors to thrive, succeed, and expand. 

Paralegal interns providing justice
Paralegal interns providing justice
Pokhara paralegal interns
Pokhara paralegal interns
Intern helping survivor to file a complaint
Intern helping survivor to file a complaint
Paralegal interns in Pokhara
Paralegal interns in Pokhara

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Feb 11, 2014

Paralegals provide access to justice.

District Court Pokhara, Nepal
District Court Pokhara, Nepal

An amazing grassroots organization in Nepal called Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE) (www.sasane.org.np). SASANE is an organization dedicated to empowering women human trafficking survivors by training them to become certified paralegals. SASANE’s paralegals provide access to justice, completely free of charge, for other women who are survivors of trafficking and gender based violence in twenty-five police stations across Kathmandu and six police stations in Pokhara.  SASANE’s paralegals also conduct education and awareness training in remote villages and 60 government schools in Nepal to combat human trafficking and gender-based violence at its sources. We have started the paralegal program from the year 2008 and till date, SASANE has in total 175 certified paralegals. They are organizing different awareness campaign through individual, different organizations as well as SASANE based project.

In this 2014 SASANE has placed extra 45 paralegals in different police stations for the practical course of the paralegal training. The paralegals have their exam on the 15th of February which is taken by the court. If they successfully complete the paralegal examination they will be working on the remote areas to provide awareness in anti-trafficking. Again after this we will be providing the paralegal training to another 45 trafficking survivors from June, 2014. Every year we select 45 girls and provide them with the training in order to make them economically sustainable even with or without the availability of the funding. With the activities of ours the survivor gets help as the trauma counseling and she gains the legal knowledge and she will be able to save money. And finally she will be easily getting justice by punishing the culprit.

This project basically has the objective of the survivor helping the survivor. With the little help from the society we can get a big help. With help we are also encouraged. With the encouragement we can help other sisters going through the same difficulty. We expect your support. With your support we can climb a stair and show the society that we can also do things. Catching our hand and taking us ahead is your responsibility.

Police Station of Nepali village
Police Station of Nepali village
SASANE paralegals at Police station
SASANE paralegals at Police station

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