Punishing the anti-social elements by law, is a strong deterrent to the crime of Human Trafficking and unsafe migration. We file suits in the court of law against the traffickers who have subjected these girls to trafficking. Human Trafficking is combated effectively by punishing perpetrators. We prosecute the anti-social elements and obtain their conviction to jail them for Death or 7 to 10 years. Rescued girls are produced in courts as witnesses
Legal support/Legal counseling to the Survivors & Monitoring TIP Cases
Rights Jessore provides legal support to repatriated human trafficking survivors by their own layer of free of cost. In this way human trafficked survivors are getting proper justice from the court without any expenditure on the other hand Rights Jessore undertaken regular individual counseling to the survivors and their family members (where needed) to boost up their psychological strength to take legal actions against the perpetrators through Mock trial, witness statement before the court timing, and post court follow up counseling and the Process of TIP Case monitoring and Advocacy for Ensuring Access to Justice: RJ regularly monitor the progress of the TIP cases. The following steps undertaken during monitoring of the cases:
•Facilitation in preparation of FIR (Rights Jessore is facilitating the victims in preparation of FIR),
•Investigation report of the cases (Rights Jessore submit the fact-finding report to the police during investigation of the cases and make continuous liaison with the police officials about the progress of the investigation report and will also assess where all relevant persons are interviewed appropriately or not)
•Date of hearing (Rights Jessore regularly monitor whether the cases is running as per provisions of law and if found any discrepancies then facilitate with the registrar of the court so that it can run accordingly,
•Statement of survivors and witnesses (Rights Jessore also facilitate survivors and witness to that they can appropriately delivered their statement before the court)
•Presence of the victims and witness during hearing of the cases in the court (Rights Jessore maintain close liaison with the survivors and witness to ensure the presence during hearing),
•Visit concerned police station and court to collect updated information of the cases of Human Trafficking, regular communication with the court registrar to speed up the trial, and regularly update the these case management files.
•At least 215 cases monitored during the past three years.
Mock trail through Video conferencing:
This is a innovative event of Rights Jessore by this event the human trafficked survivors are getting opportunity of mock trails form the foreign country the witness is providing witness through video conferencing. Rights Jessore is the sole organization who starts to provide legal support through video conferencing by this event Rights Jessore is recognized in the country as well as in foreign country.
Organize civil society monitoring to Women & Child Torture Prevention Court
As a part of its regular activities, on 10 January 2018, Civil Society Monitoring Committee (a project supported group) visited Women & Child Torture Prevention Court, Jessore, to observe effectiveness of child friendly prosecution environment. Community leaders are responsive and contributing in implementing National Plan of Action 2015-2017.
Cross Border Collaboration and Networking Meeting on Human Trafficking Issue
Cross border human Trafficking specially women and children trafficking is still on rise though concerted efforts have been made especially government has come up hand holdingly with Non Government Organizations (NGO) in both India and Bangladesh. Bangladesh government and NGOs put in their collective efforts to address the issues and also have some milestone achievements such as enactment of Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act, 2012 and adoption of National Plan of Action (NPA) 2015-17.
On the other hand, the cross border human trafficking issue particularly rescue and repatriation of human trafficking survivors which are guided by the Standard Operational Procedures (SOP) signed between India and Bangladesh. This SOP is created an opportunity to take appropriate action in rescuing and repatriation of the human trafficking survivors. Some of the issues incorporated in the SOP including i.e.. Identification of Victim, Rescue of Victim, Official Documentation, Placement of the victim and information collection, Sharing of Information among the task forces and follow up procedure, Permission to repatriation, Administrative process, Physical Repatriation, Reception of the Women & Child in the country of origin and integration.
Bangladesh government has recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India to limit the cross border human mobility and fight cross border sex trafficking. Under the MoU Bangladesh and Indian government has formed national task force on Rescue, Recovery, Repatriation and Integration (RRRI) of trafficked survivors (RRRI) to implement and monitor the Standard Operational Procedures (SOP). But still found a number of weakness to implement SOP including develop data base system, push back still ongoing, establish case management system in regard to integration etc. Coordination among the both countries RRRI task force is still weak and found lack of communication between the countries.
One the other hand, institutions in both India and Bangladesh working with the trafficking survivors is lacking adequate institutional capacities to address the mental stresses and social stigma the survivors face afterwards the rescue or repatriation or integration. The NGOs and Government organizations in both Bangladesh and India are often rendering one off services leaving the survivors at the middle of the integration process, further, as one organizations process is not getting connected with other organization’s programs the survivors remain left out. The repatriation process is still taking too long in spite of SOP and RRRI task force initiatives. There is still gap between the both countries RRRI task force as well as NGO coordination who are involved with the process of repatriation.
Considering the above issues, Rights Jessore organized a two-day Cross Border Collaboration and Networking Meeting at Jessore in collaboration with RRRI task force and with the technical and financial assistance of INCIDIN Bangladesh, TDH Netherlands and AWO International.
Objectives of the Meeting:
The main objectives of the collaboration and networking meeting are the following:
•Identifying the gaps and barriers in effective implementation of SOP signed between India and Bangladesh
•Facilitating to expedite the SOP implementation process in both countries
•Formation of cross border network with the organizations working in both India and Bangladesh
•Strengthening liaison and Communication between RRRI Task Force in both India and Bangladesh
•Develop Joint Action Plan in rescuing and repatriation of cross border human trafficking survivors
Total Number of participants: 30
Criteria of Participants:
Sl Ministry/Department/Organizations/Media No. of Participants
1 RRRI Task Force in Bangladesh 03
2 RRRI Task Force in Kolkata 01
3 RRRI Task Force in Delhi 01
4 Representatives of Border Guard Bangladesh 01
5 Representatives of Border Security Force in India 01
6 Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs in Bangladesh 01
7 Higher Police Officials in Bangladesh 01
8 Media Representatives in India 03
9 Media Representatives in Bangladesh 03
10 INGO/NGO Representatives in India 06
11 INGO/NGO Representatives in Bangladesh 06
12 TDH Netherlands 01
13 AWO International 01
14 Representatives from INCIDIN Bangladesh 01
Criteria of Participants:
|Sl||Ministry/Department/Organizations/Media||No. of Participants|
|1||RRRI Task Force in Bangladesh||03|
|2||RRRI Task Force in Kolkata||01|
|3||RRRI Task Force in Delhi||01|
|4||Representatives of Border Guard Bangladesh||01|
|5||Representatives of Border Security Force in India||01|
|6||Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs in Bangladesh||01|
|7||Higher Police Officials in Bangladesh||01|
|8||Media Representatives in India||03|
|9||Media Representatives in Bangladesh||03|
|10||INGO/NGO Representatives in India||06|
|11||INGO/NGO Representatives in Bangladesh||06|
|14||Representatives from INCIDIN Bangladesh||01|
List of Guests/Resource Persons:
•Ministry of Home Affairs
•Ministry of Law and Parliamentary Affairs
•Ministry of Foreign Affairs
•ED, INCIDIN Bangladesh
•Deputy Commission of Jessore
•Superintendent of Police, Jessore
Joint Plan of Actions by Representatives of the Government, News Media and Civil Society Actors of Bangladesh and India to Combat Human trafficking
Cross Border Consultation Organized by Rights Jessore, 23-24 September 2016, Jessore,
The Cross border consultation participants observe that the issue of human trafficking is an integral part of MDG. The conference proposes that the governments of Bangladesh and India together with the civil society actors strengthen cooperation, coordination and capacities. In this regards the participants observed.
Review and Reform of SOP:
1.There is a need of putting greater emphasis on preventive measures by addressing the structural and root causes of trafficking. This would also contribute in sustainable social integration of the survivors (which would also contribute in preventing re-trafficking).
2.There still exists push-back and other informal return/repatriation of the victims organized by the formal institutions even though the SOP has clear directives on human rights-based process ensuring dignity and respect of the survivors.
3.The SOP and MoU have not given due emphasis on Bangladesh being a trafficking destination of Indian citizens. There is a need of addressing this concern as a priority.
4.In the SOP and MoU, there are no clear directives on what would be the status of the children in case of the children who are born at destination while the mother is being trafficked.
5.There are some norms that have evolved over the period (such as the children below the age of five are repatriated with the mother without any further due). However, these are not taken into account by the SOP which has further complicated the repatriation process. The experience of the actors with practical experience of repatriation is now needed to be heard in reviewing the SOP.
6.The MoU identifies the commitments of the state parties to address all forms of human trafficking- this needs to be incorporated in the SOP so that the coverage is expanded to cover men along with women and children in relation to trafficking.