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.
Dec 12, 2012

Paralegals Developing Public Relation

Paralegal providing legal help
Paralegal providing legal help

Paralegal trainees from SASANE have been working in 25 Police Stations within Kathmandu valley. 30 Paralegals are providing their “Legal Aid” to victims specially women in nineteen Police Stations of Kathmandu, three Police Stations of Bhaktapur, and three Police Stations of Lalitpur. As we know that these paralegals were once victims of human trafficking themselves, we believe that they can handle this work flawlessly.

Paralegals, who are working on helping the victims have the records on a paper sheet at first and they again have it entered in computer. They are also using their skill which they learned in SASANE in a special computer class guided by a volunteer of SASANE, Trudi. The data entered in computer are being compiled in a data base system. They also are checking up the succession of the case directly that they provided help to. Senior paralegals are supervising the junior one and they also make sure whether the assignment they are given is being accomplished accordingly. They help them and work as a monitor in order to bring good result and maintain good public relation.

They are being persuaded for their further helpful work and have been receiving lots of positive responses from public, locals, police officials, law enforcement agencies and most of all they are praised by victims for their virtuous job.

In addition, these paralegals are also working on an informal education program in which they take part on their holidays or when they have leisure time. They especially focus on women for this program. These areas in which paralegals are working are included as vulnerable for human trafficking. This program has benefited 130 women from remote areas of Nuwakot making them able to recognize letters as well as making them able to read sentences which they were never able to have any idea of. And they are acknowledged with the concept of human trafficking along with awareness.

With these kinds of help and support from the public to the paralegals and SASANE’s work we are planning to extend the program in which along with courage and enthusiasm we need financial help. Believing in us, we hope to get some help from you which counts a lot and from which we can help the society get the way from dark to light.

                                                                                                                             Thanking- you

Paralegal help victim
Paralegal help victim
Paralegals learning database on Computer
Paralegals learning database on Computer
Paralegals educating  village women
Paralegals educating village women
Village women  trying to write
Village women trying to write

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Sep 17, 2012

Paralegal Training Empowering Women

A paralegal is an individual qualified through education or experience licensed to provide legal services to the general public in areas authorized by the district court in Nepal. SASANE has been providing Paralegal Training
since 2008 successfully.

Through this training, SASANE wants to meet these goals

-  To eradicate Human Trafficking and reiterate human trafficking survivors in the society as respected members,

-  To increase women’s access to justice and achieve system change within legal system.

This year SASANE again provided paralegal training to thirty survivors making successful five years. These thirty trainee are now engaged in twenty-five police stations within Kathmandu valley.

They are now having their six months of practical courses. They are learning as well as having experiences of their theory courses in a practical way. As a paralegal, they’ve supported many of the victims visiting them for help. They are forward in legal help for victims suffering or are in danger of Human Trafficking. Along with this help to victims, paralegals are developing their personality to deal with law enforcement agencies and staffs.

They are trained to collect and process reports that are being forwarded by victims. They counsel and provide the legal help through complain, application and First Information Report (jaheri). The reports being collected by paralegals from different police stations are addressed by paralegals and have it entered in computer on data base. This entry is changed into report and shared with law enforcement agency, universities, community, non-governmental organization, civil society and students.

This job of providing Paralegal Training to Human Trafficking survivors that SASANE has been performing for the benevolent purpose of society and its members, this job requires help from others as well, as this is the matter that everyone in the world should care. Your small help costs us more and we believe that you are eager to help us as well.


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Jun 29, 2012

SASANE Postcard: Project Site Visit

Staff of SASANE
Staff of SASANE

Shari Davis & Ellen Currin are InTheField Travelers with GlobalGiving who are visiting our partners’ projects throughout Nepal. Their “Postcard” from their most recent visit in Nepal:

Sitting down with Shyam Pokharel, director of SASANE, he spoke of the various challenges to the organization’s work of empowering women. Shyam explained the successes of one of their projects: they have provided paralegal training to survivors of sexual exploitation and those seeking to escape it. According to Shyam, a total of 120 women have gone through the training, which involves one month of classroom and 6 months of practical work.  One challenging aspect of the program is that the women must have completed high school to enter into the training, since it is required for them to take their certification exam. Shyam explained that there is a lack of funding to help the girls complete high school, which acts as a barrier.  The staff in the office was quiet, but they showed me various posters on the walls speaking of gender equality, trafficking laws, and signs of domestic abuse.

After a brief visit with Shyam and his staff, I visited three police stations where the women had just been set up to complete their practical training. At the first police station, I met two women of SASANE, who were seated outside of the building. According to a member of Shyam’s staff, these two women had only started working in the police station the day before. We went into the Women and Children’s building and the SASANE women were introduced to the officers there. They then resumed their position outside near the entrance, to help women file the complicated application forms to file a police report.

At the second police station, we saw a woman from SASANE sitting at a desk next to a female police officer. The woman showed me an application form for a police report, which she had helped a citizen to fill out. I was told the female police officer acts as a mentor to aid in the paralegal work done by the worker of SASANE. While the third police station did not have anyone from SASANE there, we were showed another completed application, filled out to help a citizen file a police report. These one-on-one sessions by the women of SASANE help local Nepali women to navigate the complicated legal system and feel more comfortable telling their stories and filing a police report. 

 

Poster about domestic violence on the office wall
Poster about domestic violence on the office wall
Paralegal training at the police station
Paralegal training at the police station

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