Putting Justice First: Legal Strategies To Combat Human Trafficking In India

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:00 PM
Author: Thomson Reuters Foundation and The Freedom Fund
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The Thomson Reuters Foundation and The Freedom Fund partnered to produce Putting Justice First. The comprehensive report is the first of its kind and addresses several legal challenges faced by victims of human trafficking in India. Based on in-depth research gathered from NGOs, lawyers, prosecutors and survivors of trafficking, the report demonstrates the importance of legal access and law enforcement in the fight to combat modern slavery. It also offers practical recommendations to improve the way victims of human trafficking seek justice in the legal system across India.

The key recommendations include; training paralegals, establishing legal hubs in vulnerable communities, and sharing information and data among key players. By enhancing the rule of law and making better use of existing legal instruments, we can protect victims and significantly enhance the risks and costs to perpetrators responsible for horrendous crimes. Implementing these strategies will result in a big measurable impact in the fight against slavery.

While prosecutions alone will not bring an end to trafficking, there is immense potential to use legal strategies to deliver justice to victims, deter potential perpetrators and put traffickers out of business. The Thomson Reuters Foundation and Freedom Fund aim to identify funding partners who can help implement and scale the strategies set out in the report throughout 2015. Please submit expressions of partnership interest to jessica.perrin@thomsonreuters.com

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