Most official rescues in India until the
recent past resulted into the re-trafficking of the rescued
victims. That was because of the absence of any official mechanisms
including policies, protocols, programmes, provisions, budgets,
politico-administrative will, sensitivity, and capacity, on
the part of the state. Prerana devised the concept of professional
and comprehensive follow up of the rescue operations to its
logical end the reintegration of the victims of CSE&T
with oneself and the society coupled with the restoration
of justice to the victims. Prerana intervened at all levels
such as policy making, administrative, legislative, judicial,
and networking. It took up concrete projects at the ground
level by collaborating with the state agencies, widely networked
in South Asia for a better understanding about the family
and social background of the victims, provided material and
non material assistance to the victims including high quality
psycho social counseling, facilitated victim witness protection,
provided legal assistance to the victims, helped property
recovery through the police, and prepared the victims for
a long term rehabilitation programme.
Post Rescue Operation (PRO) refers to the recommended professional
intervention which ideally occurs after victimization. The
PRO begins immediately after rescue of a traffic victim and
continues up to the stage of repatriation and/or social reintegration.
For a PRO program to be effective many services are needed
including but not limited to - legal aid, emergency aid, property
recovery, trainings for internal and external partners, and
livelihood opportunities. A proper post rescue operation is
often what will determine the success of a police investigation,
as well as ultimately led to a prosecution. More important
in many ways is that the post rescue operation works to ensure
that the victims are not victimized a second time within a
system that is meant to bring justice to them. Prerana, has
pioneered a comprehensive PRO in South Asia that is a model
for the world.
PRO Activities: Following is a list of activities that are
conducted and has facilitated with respect to the PRO model
that Prerana uses.
Case Management: Documents
prepared well in advance and discussed with concerned Probation
Officer (PO) for comments and suggestions.
Legal Guidance: Adv. Adenwala
appointed in April, 2008 visits twice a month giving legal
inputs in cases referred directly to Prerana and other cases
where legal queries crop up.
Legal Aid: Case presentations
made before CWC, representations made in higher Courts ensuring
victim witness protection.
Property Recovery: In networking
with police help recover any tangible property left behind
in the brothels.
Counselor appointed in November 2008 visits Govt. Shelter
home twice a week.
Emergency Aid: Provided
as and when required by the Home; e.g. phone, LPG and photographer
bills, goody bags for girls – soap, oil, etc.
To provide platform for interaction and sharing of experiences
that will lead to motivation.
Networking: Involved in
all phases of PRO – with NGOs, the Govt. bodies as well
as the corporate sector.
HIR: Base document in order
to further the Child Welfare Committee’s decision on
custody of victim. Done directly or in networking with NGOs.
Livelihood Options: Through
Pratishtha Training Centre – fashion designing, beauty
care, catering and hospitality services.
SWOT Analysis: Implementation
of minimum standards of institutional care – Add-On
Menu, Recreational Services, Staff Trainings.
Add-On Menu: Committee of
10 volunteer girls prepares 5 – 6 special meals (palak
paneer, gajar halwa, idli sambhar, eyc.) in a month using
items provided by Prerana that supplement the Govt. ration.
Participatory process – girls and Home staff invloved
in the process.
Promoted through formation of a Cultural Committee, celebration
of events every month, counter burnout staff parties, residential
Staff Trainings: At least
one every semester held in the Govt. home premises for the
staff besides other external training sessions. E.g. Life
Skills Education, Crisis Management, workshop on Minimum Standards
of Care and Support Services.
Quarterly Review Meets:
Between Special Home staff and Prerana Team providing services
in the Special Home. Helps review our services and provides
a platform to discuss future interventions with the Home authorities.