Women Religious against Human Trafficking

November 25, 2014 by  
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AMRATSecundrabed, November 23, 2014: The 6th Annual meet of AMRAT was held on 7th to 10th nov, 2014 at catholic health association of india (chai), Secundrabad- Andhra Pradesh.

The participants  were 75 from India, Pakistan, Nepal  and Sri Lanka  to belonging 24 congregation. Sr. Sahaya FMM, the president of AMRAT welcomed the participants and the dignitaries. In her message she reiterated that though we belong to different congregations but coming and uniting for the common cause is marvelous. She said” our very vocation is a call for commitment to work in solidarity for the fullness of life to all, specially the vulnerable and trafficked victims (women and Children).

Sr.Jyothi, Bs, the former president and the foundress of AMRAT led the participants in prayer for the victims of Human Trafficking. AMRAT is a member of Talitha Kum (Little Girl, get up), an international network of consecrated life Against Human Trafficking, an initiative of UISG (International Union of Superiors General). Started in 2009, it has 50 women religious congregations from South Asia.

Sr. Rita Mascarenhas FMA gave the glimpse of Amrat through a short video Presentation. Currently there are 50  member congregation under the umbrella of AMRAT. Sr. Jyothi said that we as a strong hold of Religious need to work collectively in empowering these victims who are less advantage in the society. The members of AMRAT constantly felt that there is a conscious awakening in South Asian Countries to the situation of Sexual exploitation of Women and Children for commercial purposes.

Therefore this four days meet was an occasion to sharpen the understanding of the current plight with specific focus on Inter-state and Inter – countries trafficking, the Laws and Legislations on Anti – Trafficking in order to launch concrete programmes, strengthen each ones capabilities and combat the problem by networking at National and International level.

Mr. David Raj, the State Programme coordinator of UNICEF. highlighted on the legal matters on Human Trafficking. He basically focused on the “Rescue and Rehabilitation” of the Child victim.  Through his input session helped the participants to be well updated with current information and knowledge about the laws and legislations as well as the case studies strength their capabilities in handling the cases of the victims, to be effective in networking and collaborating at National and International level.

Mr. Rama Mohan from NATSAP, HELP organization focused on the trafficking in Women and Children, the pre and post rescue work. His main contribution to the participants was on the dimensions, challenges and existing response on Human Trafficking and the role of the NGOs.

Mr. S. Umapathi, IPS (Rt. Inspector General of Police) in  his session. He stressed on the importance of compulsory education of children. He also confirms that this vulnerability takes place due to lack of Education. He also highlighted on the UN Convention which was held on 13th May, 2009.He spoke with convictions and said that everyone has an opportunity to create a positive change and encouraged the sisters to work for change.

Sunitha Krishna, the foundress of “PRAJWAL” foundation. In her talk on staying Alive brought out the UN definition on Human Trafficking, the Act, Mean and Means and purpose of Trafficking and the extent and magnitude of Human Trafficking in India.

Krishnan, who has been working among slum dwellers of the city that now functions as the capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states since 1995, said the trafficked are used for adoption, organ trade, labor, circus, beggary, domestic work, camel jockey and prostitution.

The victim of a gang-rape at the age of 15, Krishnan gave a call to equip oneself to fight these crimes with right skills and strategies. “Break our silence, break our structures, break our culture of tolerance

Sr Jessy Kurian, a lawyer of the Indian Supreme Court explained the legal provisions to combat trafficking and spoke of the implications on legalizing prostitution. “If the prostitution is legalized, trafficking would increase and it would be difficult to fight for the victims, as the traffickers may take legal protection,” As a collective action AMRAT.  The AMRAT sister’s lawyers have drafted the memorandum regarding of non legalization of Prostitution in India and have been signed by all the participants and was sent to the Prime Minister of India, The President, The National Commission for Women, Ministry of Law, Ministry of Women and Children of India.

AMRAT members have  75  successful  case stories of the victims will be documented Sr. Rita Mascarenhas Amrat Secretary said.  The members commit themselves to do the research in collaboration with other NGOs so as to work radically and bring an impact in the lives of the victims.

– Sr. Rita J. Mascarenhas FMA  (Secretary – AMRAT)

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