Coordination Model Development With Save The Children India

  • Year : 2014 - ONGOING

This programme was initiated based on a research study undertaken in 2013 by Save the Children in India (STCI) and Kamo to explore socio-legal factors that impact the effective prosecution of traffickers. The study found that anti-human trafficking stakeholders were often operating in silos with underdeveloped infrastructure for collaboration, thus limiting the effectiveness of intervention. 

Since 2014, Kamo has been supporting STCI in developing a replicable and more effective coordination model in the Nagpur district of Maharashtra State to enhance collaboration among stakeholders, including law enforcement, the judiciary, public prosecutors, and NGOs. Through this programme, collective and coordinated action has increased through regular capacity-building trainings and facilitated meetings. This is evidenced by concrete responses from the criminal justice system: the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate was designated as a singular court to try human trafficking cases; a red-light area in Nagpur was closed down by law enforcement; and a record number of perpetrators were convicted. 

From 2014 to 2017, STCI acted as a backbone agency in building linkages in concurrence with implementing prosecution-related activities and providing rehabilitation assistance. Since 2017, STCI has gradually stepped back and its role has been taken by a state agency. This programme is currently transitioning to a phase of long-term systemic change so that it can be scaled up to other parts of India.