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SECURING PRAJWALA- AN ANTI-TRAFFICKING INTERVENTION
A unique mission to set up an emergency shelter, a rehabilitation unit for survivors of sex trafficking and secure Prajwala.

SUMMARY

Prajwala, India's preeminent anti-sex trafficking organization, is in crisis and needs your help. Following a series of attacks this year on Prajwala staff and facilities, and fearing similar reprisals, the landlord for Prajwala's Economic rehabilitation Center is forcing them to vacate by September, 2015. Without the economic rehabilitation center, critical rehabilitation services for survivors of sex trafficking will be lost. All efforts to find another suitable rented premises has availed no results as most people are uncomfortable having sex trafficked victims in their neighborhood. Further, the fear of attacks by traffickers has discouraged many others to open their doors for this intervention.

Consequently, Prajwala is forced to find some land to relocate these life-giving interventions. As the other interventions are also going through a similar crises the new campus which will become the base camp for all the Prajwala Interventions which will include Economic Rehabilitation Center, An Emergency Shelter and all other interventions of Prajwala including the Rescue & Restoration Team.

Today the very existence of Prajwala is at stake. To safeguard one of the most powerful movements against sex trafficking and sex crime we need your support. Every bit counts and we appeal each one of you to do what is possible.

BACKGROUND

Every year in India, over 200,000 women and children are inducted into the flesh trade or commercial sexual exploitation. Of these, over one-third are children. Sex trafficking is not only a severe violation of human rights but also results in adverse physical, psychological and moral consequences for the victims. The rescued girls are invariably penniless, mentally broken and suffering from serious or life-threatening illnesses such as HIV/AIDS. The journey of sex trafficking destroys the body, mind and soul of a victim, and for children, these extremely traumatic experiences in their formative years not only stifle their healthy development, but also leave permanent scars in their lives.

India is a transit, destination and supply point for trafficking. The Indian States Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have emerged as the second largest supplier of women and children in the country for the purposes of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation.

PRAJWALA

Under the leadership of Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, Prajwala has worked since 1996 in a holistic approach to undermine the flesh trade. The programs to implement these strategies and interventions are focused on Prevention, Rescue, Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Advocacy.

Since inception, Prajwala has successfully rescued and rehabilitated over 12,000 women and girls from sex slavery. Over 6,500 of the graduates of Prajwala’s rehabilitation program are currently gainfully employed. Through education, over 7,500 children of women in prostitution have been kept out of the sex trade. Prajwala has created award-winning documentaries and a feature film to increase awareness. Prajwala has successfully partnered with law officials, transportation, and politicians to write policy and programs to prevent trafficking and punish traffickers.

In 2010, Prajwala built and owns a large rehabilitation center 65km outside of Hyderabad where up to 600 victims at a time are rehabilitated. Currently, there are also multiple office locations in Hyderabad that Prajwala pays rent for, which are now under severe threat.

CURRENT CHALLENGES

Due to repeated threats and intimidations from traffickers, the landlord of the Economic Rehabilitation Unit is asking Prajwala to vacate the premises by September 2015. This location is a production cum training center for over 100 survivors of trafficking, to date over 630 victims have graduated from the training center.

On average, 60 victims are rescued every month. Since Prajwala’s safe shelter and therapeutic community is located 65 kms away from the city, it is a constant challenge to move victims to a safe space right after a rescue in the middle of the night. More often than not, the victims have to be kept in a police station overnight. For a shaken up and frightened victim, that is not ideal.

The third challenge is the growing hostility in the community where the Head Office is located. The recent #ShameTheRapist Campaign led to vandalism of the Chief Functionary’s vehicle. A hostile ambiance exists all around the place of work for the team.

PROPOSAL

It is proposed to procure two acres of land by the Hyderabad airport and relocate most of Prajwala’s Hyderabad city interventions into one, Prajwala owned campus. This second centralized Prajwala campus will ensure a safe working environment for the staff, no eviction problems in the future, security for victims, and a long-term space for Prajwala’s interventions to successfully grow. It is proposed to build a center to house three major interventions:

  1. Economic Rehabilitation Unit (a production cum training center for 100+ survivors of sex trafficking)
  2. Emergency Shelter (a temporary safe home for 50 rescued victims)
  3. Prajwala Base Camp (Headquarters office for Community Based Prevention Program, Rescue & Restoration Program, Rape Victim's Support Program, Anti-Trafficking Resource Cell and Prevention through Education Program)

BUDGET

With current land rates in Hyderabad, it will cost about 2 crores (20 million rupees or $313,728 USD) for the purchase of the land and another 2 crores for the construction all the above three structures. A total of 4 crores ($627,456 USD) is required to make Prajwala's interventions safe.

Your donations will be processed through Prajwala's U.S. Partner, Ek Disha, a registered 501(c)(3). Ek Disha will send 100% of your donation to Prajwala.

SUMMARY:

Prajwala has received over 50 prestigious awards for its work and has a proven track record as one of the leading forces against sexual exploitation in India and the world. Please contribute what you can to help rebuild the lives of victims now, as your contribution will reverberate far into the future.

*Made a personal donation and want to do more? Join Prajwala's fundraising team! Sign up here.

Crowdera is free, we do not charge any fee Payments are securely made via Paypal

Update #5    Pictures of construction progress and request for final funds!

Due to all of your generous support, 90% of the necessary building funds have been secured and construction has made some great progress! We are so close to completion but still have 10% more to raise, or $148,000. It is urgent as we are out of funds to finish the work and will come to a standstill in the next couple of days. We have a new campaign here on crowdera to complete the mission. Please help! https://crowdera.co/c/dExvU8rh

Thank you!

Update #4    

After we extended our crowdera deadline last week, a complimentary opportunity to raise funds presented itself and we would like to share it with you as a way to continue support. Donations are still needed and very welcome, but for those of you who have already donated and would like to still contribute a few seconds a day, Microsoft's #upgradeyourworld campaign is a great way to help Prajwala win $500,000 to sustain operations and build an economic rehabilitation center and emergency shelter. Each person can vote once per day until voting closes August 23.

Three ways to vote daily:

1. Pasting the following phrase as a comment to this Windows post: http://on.fb.me/1MWqDyO

"I vote for @Prajwala_info to #UpgradeYourWorld as they fight sex trafficking across the globe.”

2. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/upgradeyourworld/ scroll down and write in I vote for "Prajwala_info" (twitter) or "@prajwala" the one with 20k likes is the official page (for facebook) once a day and share

3. You can also tweet: "I #Vote @Prajwala_info to #UpgradeYourWorld"

The organization with the most votes from the public wins! Let's help Prajwala get there!

You all have supported Prajwala so much in the past and we count you as valuable partners in the fight against human trafficking. Thank you.

Update #3    

We are thrilled to announce that we have made some great strides this week. A few large donations have come in, one large personal donation and many as a result of a Sakshi TV spot, which was broadcast on Monday. The video can be watched below. You can find the rest of the links to the full interview in youtube. During and right after this TV spot, over $55,000 USD was donated to Prajwala! We know that we will be able to accomplish big things together and are so thankful for all you have done so far to support our mission and critical cause.

We also decided to extend the deadline for donations for another month. We are just over 40% and look forward to reaching 100% of our goal!

Until next time!