Rehabilitation of a girl or woman, who has been rescued from prostitution where she had been trafficked, comprises of her being freed from that situation and assisted by State agencies and NGOs in rehabilitation. Rehabilitation, here, is understood as a process which leads the survivor to gain control over her life back, has options of not only survival, but life with dignity, choices and options and most importantly, protection from abuse, violence and exploitation. For most girls, the process entails her going back to her family and community if the situation at home is found conducive to her protection. Therefore, in the process of her going back home, she is assisted by several agencies who are, in that period, legally responsible for her and hence, there comes an element of custodial care, which means that her movement is determined by legal and judicial processes. This creates further trauma to the victims, who experience such processes as imposition and punishment, rather than assistance. NGOs who are facilitators of this process comprise of a diverse range of organisations, either in cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Goa, Kolkata, Dhaka or Kathmandu, or organisations in rural areas, could be NGOs with considerable institutional capacity and structure or be community based organisations. Few of the organisations have trained therapists, some of them recruit trained counsellors but many of the organisations may not have trained counsellors to work with survivors.
GD Sanjog invites applications from individuals/organizations for a project on psychosocial programme ‘Building standards and continuity of care and healing for trafficked survivors’. The project has dual mandates: (a) build capacities of counsellors/ social workers/ front line caregivers (henceforth referred to as ‘the participants of the programme) who facilitate rehabilitation processes with trafficked survivors (b) build a resource on ‘how to build continuity in care and healing processes in a case management programme with trafficked survivors, implemented by different agencies, at different points in the continuum.
Concretely, the consultant party would be entrusted with the following tasks:
(a) Implementing trainings and other activities that would build capacities of the participants of the programme, on the one hand, and
(b) Conduct an action research – the report of which would define the process of collaboration between the agencies who work with the trafficked victim in different points in the continuum (destination points: city/ place where the victim was rescued from; transit points: city/ place where the victims may halt in transit for few days or months in the process of return; source points: villages/ towns/ cities: where the victims is to return, to her family).
(c) Build resource materials (tool kits) for participants (social workers and organisations of the programme for sustainability of this project) – which can be used with other stakeholders in the region.
Our organization supports other organizations in Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bangladesh and Andhra Pradesh who implement case management programmes for rehabilitation of girls and young women rescued from prostitution. The organizations have expressed the need for support to enhance their capacities in emotional and mental support to rescued victims. During its interventions, experienced that most of the time the girl has to go through the trauma again during her reintegration process in source areas due to lack of continuity in terms of information flow and imparting psychosocial support to the survivors between organizations at destination and source points. Further, the organizations and CBOs working in the source areas do not have capacities, resources or knowledge on ‘how to assist trafficked survivors in their return to their families and communities’.
The above mentioned factors create roadblocks in proper rehabilitation of the survivor. The survivor has to go through the trauma time and again at different points after rescue. It may delay the healing process of the survivor and can also develop a feeling of dejection from the rehabilitation process. This not only hampers the best interest of the victim but also increase the chances of girl getting re-trafficked.
(a) Capacity building of participants in the programme on ‘care and support to girls and women who are working towards their rehabilitation’
(b) Facilitating collaboration between destination, transit and source NGOs to maintain continuity of the process of healing and assistance to survivors
(c) Process documentation/ action research to extract learning from the programme to advocate for changes in systems that currently hinder processes of healing and continuity in care.
Expected Outcomes –
• Capacity building of participants of the programme in working with, and assistance to survivors, in their process of rehabilitation.
• Integration of learning from the programme in their participating organisations, policy impact within those organisations. Sustainability of training impact on the organisations.
• Resources for sharing with other stakeholders (State, NGOs, donors, social workers) for sensitization and policy impact (reports, modules, manuals, kits etc)
Participants for the programme may comprise of organisations who are partners of an ongoing project on child trafficking cofunded by the European Commission. Participants may also come from other organisations that are not directly supported by this project but have significantly large case management programmes with girls and women (trafficked and rescued from prostitution). Final participants will be based on responses from organisations invited for the programme by the consultant organisation.
The process for granting the programme will involve the following steps:
1. Interested individuals/organizations may apply for this proposed programme with their profiles and proposals by 5th June 2010 to: Lisha@sudeshkumar.net
2. We will seek two interactions with applicants – personal and telephonic – to be conducted in the second week of June 2010.
3. Shortlisted applicants would then be invited to submit proposals based upon the brief, along with budgets by 3rd week of June.
4. We will revert back with responses by 4th week of June
5. The project is estimated to begin by July 2010 and end in June 2012