The first responders are the people who identify, support, counsel and seek justice for victims of trafficking, & challenge the impunity of traffickers
Guwahati: July 30 is recognised as World Day against Trafficking in Persons and Impulse NGO is doing its part in being 'Committed to the Cause -- Working on the Frontline to End Human Trafficking' (this year's theme) by organising a fundraising campaign.
The campaign focuses on the first responders to human trafficking. These are the people who work in different sectors - identifying, supporting, counseling and seeking justice for victims of trafficking, and challenging the impunity of the traffickers.
Impulse’s work against trafficking is now well known in India. Meet Ella Sangma, who had been trafficked at the age of 11 and forced to work before she was eventually freed in a police raid. Now, she has turned her life around, one thread at a time after joining the fight against trafficking at Impulse NGO Network. One can check her “never back down spirit” story in the video provided by Our Better World (OBW). Her story is that of thousands in India who are trafficked every year.
OBW is a digital storytelling initiative of the Singapore International Foundation, which leverages the power of digital media to connect communities and inspire collective actions. OBW is also supporting Impulse NGO Network's cause to save 8 million globally who live in slavery in India on any given day.
Additionally, the pandemic and the floods have affected the livelihood of many communities in the north-eastern regions of India. The lack of livelihood is one of the key vulnerability triggers that organised crime groups target traffic and then exploit women and children. To address challenges, Impulse NGO Network sister concern Impulse Empower artisans from Impulse Social Enterprises (a cooperative of over 7000 women artisans from vulnerable communities) are producing face masks. These are for essential workers and vulnerable people groups from the textile woven during the lockdown.
This thus provides a critical livelihood to women artisans and their families. This will also mitigate the impact of the lockdown on the rural economy and addresses one of the key push-pull factors for human trafficking i.e. lack of livelihood options in source areas.
Impulse’s team of facilitators and supervisors under Impulse Social Enterprises, in each north-eastern states, have been working passionately and relentlessly with the weavers, in the eight northeastern states for years.