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India's Proposed Anti-Trafficking Law

Lindsey Malcolm

Reuters published an article last week with the headline Female Slavery Survivors Unite to Back India Anti-Trafficking Law, and it proves how important our position within the anti-trafficking movement truly is.

The law would not only decriminalize the victims of trafficking by preventing imprisonment for those rescued from brothels or other forced labor situations, but it would also give survivors better access to the resources they need to rebuild their lives. Unfortunately, there are millions of trafficking survivors within India’s borders, too many for the government to handle on its own.

 A survivor of slavery who wished to remain anonymous poses for a picture in New Delhi, India March 7, 2018. Picture taken March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

A survivor of slavery who wished to remain anonymous poses for a picture in New Delhi, India March 7, 2018. Picture taken March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

We need shelter, support, education for our children ... not just money,” and
“We are poor so access to justice and rehabilitation is hard.
— Meena, a mother of four and survivor of exploitation

For more than 10 years, International Sanctuary has understood the key to complete restoration is more than money - the whole person must be embraced and restored.

By combining meaningful employment and job training with opportunities for education, healthcare, and community, women and girls in our Sanctuaries have a safe, loving environment where they can rebuild their lives. Hundreds of lives and multiple generations have been transformed through our model, which is why we are reaching for an aggressive goal of 10 Sanctuaries operating around the world by 2020.

International Sanctuary is meeting the survivors of human trafficking where they are, between rescue and the threat of being re-trafficked because there are no other options.

We can present these women with a solution that protects them and their children against future exploitation - but we need you to make these opportunities possible.

International Sanctuary began in Mumbai, India and is now empowering women in Orange County, California; Tijuana, Mexico; and Kampala, Uganda. We know these things to be true:

  • Our model is sustainable, effective, and replicable;
  • Anti-trafficking partners regularly ask us to bring our model to their girls;
  • We cannot grow without financial partners like you.

When you invest in life transformation, you are helping bring an end to human trafficking once and for all.

A Day to Celebrate Women

Lindsey Malcolm


March 8 marks International Women’s Day, a global celebration of women’s social, economic, cultural, and political accomplishments. These achievements range in scale from women leading revolutions to raising the next generation to influencing the nature of the workforce. In our Sanctuaries around the world, we witness and celebrate similar victories every day: women and girls, once exploited, taking charge of their lives and building better, brighter futures for themselves and their families.

The keys to our success are PURPOSE Jewelry, our social enterprise, and people just like you. Young women in our Mumbai, Kampala, and Tijuana Sanctuaries enroll in our program and begin training to become jewelry artisans. As they hone their craft in a safe and loving workplace, they also receive counseling, medical care, and access to educational and mentorship opportunities. In our southern California location, participants also engage in the holistic program, but rather than jewelry-making, they learn how to manage inventory, process orders, computer and financial literacy, and supply chain logistics.

When you purchase with PURPOSE, not only are you receiving a beautiful piece of handcrafted jewelry made by one of our artisans abroad, but you’re also providing opportunities for women in California. A necklace, a ring, a bracelet - each piece brings girls escaping human trafficking employment, empowerment, and one step closer to living in true freedom.

On this International Women’s Day, we encourage you to celebrate these life transformations with us and make more of them possible. Click here to find that perfect accessory and help hundreds of women and girls by ending the cycle of human trafficking around the world.

Wear freedom, wear PURPOSE.