SASANE’s Paralegal Training Program continues to be successful in Kathmandu, with our most recent group of women receiving the highest exam pass rate among our paralegal trainees to date. In addition, we have thirty new paralegal trainees ready to begin the program on August 20th. SASANE’s certified paralegals from previous trainees are currently working in police stations around Kathmandu Valley, and many have begun to take on educator roles in SASANE’s continued trainings.
Due to the continued success of this project, SASANE has decided to expand its Paralegal Training Program to Pokhara. Pokhara is one of Nepal's most beautiful cities, popular among tourists for its mountain views and lakeside attractions. Unfortunately, many women in Pokhara live in poverty and are exploited by the sex trafficking industry. SASANE has decided to combat sex trafficking in this area through our paralegal training program. Fifteen new paralegal trainees will be joining our program beginning August 20th, and we hope in the future to be able to fund the program in Pokhara for thirty trainees.
Our work is made possible only through the donations received through GlobalGiving. From these donations, we have been able to provide valuable training and sustainable employment for survivors of human trafficking. In turn, our paralegals are able to help other survivors navigate the legal system, preventing re-victimization and helping these women attain justice. With your help, we hope that we will be able to carry on this successful program and continue expanding it to other major cities throughout Nepal.
Thank you for your continued support.
From February 2012, The 30 human trafficking survivors were given the fifth paralegal training. One month is the theoretical class and the other six month is the practical. In the theoretical class, the legal procedure of the Nepalese law system is dealt with and in the practical class the similar theoretical learned things are applied. The main objective of the paralegal training is to make the victim of the human trafficking able to file complaint against the culprit by themselves. And to also make them aware about the legal procedures as well. Kathmandu District Court is supposed to take the paralegal examination, but due to the political instability the exam was taken only on February' 2013. 30 trafficking survivors who were taking the training took the examination. Due to the delay in the examination, the trainees this time took 12 months of the practical courses. Among 30 examiners, 21 passed the examination and took the paralegal certificate. The paralegals who received the certificate are sent out of the valley for the public service and from this they also earn some money for themselves. This time we have already sent the paralegals to Pokhara. The failed trainees again have to receive the paralegal training in 2013 and take exam in 2014. We congratulate the passed 21 paralegals. This work is possible only through the donation which has been made possible by Global Giving. With this we have been able make the survivors sustained in the society. Till now we have already sustained 130 survivors with the paralegal training. From July 13, we are starting the new paralegal training. As earlier we will provide training to 30 survivors. For this we expect to get as much from you as possible. With your help, we hope that our training will be successful. Thank you
SASANE believes that each survivor can achieve her individual dream and potential through the Paralegal training. The paralegals have been doing a huge labor and supporting the victims who have been filing the cases in 25 police stations. Due to their support the victims have been getting justice fast and without any difficulty. SASANE have been writing a lot of reports from 2012-13 with the help of the paralegals that also in a data based system but this system is not fully completed. From the tentative report SASANE mentions that between April 2012 to January 2013 our paralegals have filed report against 57 missing children and 202 missing women and men and 8 FIRs (first information report) have been filed against human trafficking and 26 are filed against polygamy. We have six cases of rape, 272 of domestic violence and 330 of missing passports. From the statistics we can see that the percent is higher in domestic violence, missing passports and also missing women and men, but the percentage of women filing the cases against this is also found increasing. From this we can say that if a woman is helped by woman in this cases than the confidence of the woman rises and she will be able to report against the ill behavior been shown to her. This is the positive outcome that SASANE paralegals have been able to show. The SASANE paralegals have been persuading other techniques in order to help the women in trouble so that those women feel comfortable enough to come forward and file cases against the torture they have been facing. The new paralegals are also desperately waiting for the paralegal exam to start soon. We have given paralegal training to 180 girls including the recent ones. SASANE's paralegal have faced the real causes are still subordinated and their fundamental rights are violated. They are the persons who need to be reintegrated.They are eager to shun their dark past at the hope of a brighter future. In the upcoming environment they would be an asset for the society rather than a liability. 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. Thank you.
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.
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 Trainingsince 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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