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.
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.
As the earlier years, this year we completed the theory classes of the paralegal training. This is our 5th paralegal training for survivor in Kathmandu. This training as the previous years, this training also went well. Despite the training we also provided the psycho-social counseling to the survivor women. This year also there were 30 girls participated in the training. In the theory class, we teach them about the Nepalese Acts, legal procedures, legal help and also the writing skills of complaints, application and FIR. We also focus on making the girls aware about the ways of receiving the legal help when in trouble and also to provide help to others. We are preparing the approval letter s which needs to be given in the 25 police stations, Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur for the practical classes which is starting from the first week of November. The photo of the training is also shown below.
From this year we also started the paralegal training in Pokhara as well. Firstly, we rescued 15 girls and then provided them with the psycho-social counseling. And then we started the theoretical classes from August 20 and is completed in September 20. In the theory class, we teach them about the Nepalese Acts, legal procedures, legal help and also the writing skills of complaints, application and FIR. We also focus on making the girls aware about the ways of receiving the legal help when in trouble and also to provide help to others. We are sending the girls to the 7 police stations in Pokhara for their practical classes from the first week of November.
This training is going good and is required in other cities as well. The number of such victims is increasing and for this the funding is not enough. So we heartily request you to send us funds so that we can take this program in other areas of Nepal as well.
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.
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