Coordinated almost entirely by survivors themselves, this project provides paralegal training and stipends for human trafficking survivors to pursue higher education and internship opportunities.
An estimated 5,000 to 12,000 Nepali women and girls are trafficked abroad every year, while an estimated 25,000-50,000 are trapped in Kathmandu's internal sex industry. Thousands of other women, including minors, rely on sex work to finance their educations. A growing number of victims have education but are unable to develop careers due to their dire economic situations; so, they are forced into sexual exploitation. This project benefits countless victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation.
SASANE empowers human trafficking survivors and women seeking to escape sexual exploitation by training them to become certified paralegals, providing these women with economic independence and the ability to assist other survivors. Stipends will provide survivors with the opportunity to pursue higher education and internships, which will enable survivors, especially vulnerable minors, to resist re-trafficking and sexual exploitation.
SASANE has provided paralegal training to 130 human trafficking survivors. SASANE's paralegals are located in 25 police stations across the Kathmandu Valley, providing compassion to victims and access to justice.
Funds raised through globalgiving will support and expand SASANE's paralegal training across Nepal, and provide stipends for survivors to pursue higher education or partake in internships, which will empower these women to find employment opportunities.
"The only way for me and for other survivors to achieve dignity and freedom is through learning our rights and gaining marketable skills." - Indira Gurung, SASANE President and Certified Paralegal
Total Funding Received to Date: $5,480
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $19,520
Total Funding Goal: $25,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).