The paralegals of the sixth paralegal training received their paralegal certicate. In the sixth paralegal training we had 23 survivor girls and women. They sat for the open competition examination on February 7' 2015. The result of the examination was out on February 12' 2015. 16 out of 23 girls passed the examination successfuly and received their legalized certificates. Now they are the certified paralegals. More than half of the certified paralegals have been working in the busy police stations of Kathmandu, Nepal.
We have completed the paralegal training program in Pokhara as well. 15 of the paralegal trainees are placed in six police stations of Pokhara for their practical internship. Combining both the paralegals of Kathmandu and Pokhara, they have filed 5, 018 complaints including the court cases and 578 have gotten justice.
If we get enough funding we are planning to start the paralegal training in Morang as well. As this is also one of the busiest city in Nepal and is near to the Indian border. We hope that we will be able to start the training there soon.
The Practical course for the sixth Paralegal Training Program has started from 18th November 2014. The practical course takes place for six months. The sixth paralegal training program has 25 girls seeking training and finally appearing the paralegal examination on 14th February 2015 (not sure). The theoritical class took place from 11th October 2014 to 18th November 2014. The girls were taught the laws and policies preavlent in our country in order to make them aware about the existing laws and also help themselves and other needy women in problem.
For the practical course of the paralegal training program the girls have been variouse police stations of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur, Nepal. There in the police station they write application and help others doing their work free of cost during their couse period. The theoritical class went very well and the girls attending the training could gain alot of information from their paralegal teachers. The practical is also going good. The monitoring and evaluation reports has given positive remarks of all the girls placed in all the police stations.
The police personnel earlier did not find the idea of girls writing application sitting in the police stations effective and appropriate. Presently, the police request us to send them our girls to write the application. The police motivate our girls to do good and work hard. This way the sixth Paralegal Training has been doing good and we hope that in this examination all the girls taking the training will pass and serve all the women in problem.
Every year more than 20, 000 Nepali girls and women are being trafficked into different part of the world. How can we end physical and sexual exploitation of women and girls, ensure their legal rights, empower them to live free and dignified lives? As a grassroots organization, Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE) has successfully provided paralegal program training to female human trafficking survivors since 2008. 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 legal system continues to discriminate against women, both in their legal code and through unequal enforcement practices. SASANE believes that through raising awareness amongst the public and training law enforcement agencies, we can strengthen the anti-human trafficking movement. As for today, a total of 170 women have received the skills to become certified paralegals through the program provided by SASANE. An amazing example is the courage of one certified paralegal, who is stationed on the cross-border between India and Nepal, rescuing hundreds of victims weekly. Empowered with legal knowledge, the survivors have the opportunity to become life changing assets to society, combating the cruel yet heavily prevalent industry of human trafficking.
In this moment, we are just weeks from starting the annually paralegal program. SASANE will provide training for 30 survivors in Kathmandu and 15 in Pokhara. The program begins with one month of theoretical training, and continues with a practical course during the upcoming six months. The practice will take place in police stations in the regions where 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.
In a perfect world, organizations like SASANE wouldn’t be needed. Yet we all need to make a difference in this society to support human rights and ensure the worth of every life. Because of the gender-discrimination, patriarchal norms, and male-domination within the legal system in Nepal, women are frequently blamed for the crimes against them or ignored altogether by law enforcement agents. The importance of legal education for the female survivors is important. SASANE is needed. In order to bring a new tomorrow and to prevent the girls from being prone to ill behaviors SASANE needs your support so that it can keep on manufacturing the paralegals always.
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.
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.
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