On the need for counselling and rehabiliting victims of human trafficking: Ranchi-based Asha Kiran “Tribes In Transition-II: Reaffirming Indigenous Identity Through Narrative” (National Conference) – Jharkhand

Plenary Session 5: Human Trafficking in Tribal India: A Focus on Jharkhand

Presented by: Sister Gemma Toppo, Ursuline Convent, Ranchi, Jharkhand

Chaired by: Dr. Ivy Imogene Hansdak, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Sister Gemma Toppo, founder-member of the Ranchi-based NGO, Asha Kiran, Ranchi, and recipient of the Jharkhand Samaan 2015, began the session by reflecting upon her NGO that rescues young girls from the network of human trafficking. The enriching presentation enlightened the audience regarding the varied nuances, purposes and effects of human trafficking. The victims of this human trade suffer life-long impact of marginalization and they require proper counselling and rehabilitation. The talk provided insights into the difference between migration and trafficking, and the way human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Sister Gemma Toppo has been instrumental in the rescue of these girls and their rehabilitation in her NGO. Through her work, she has been able to provide new hope to the survivors of human trade by teaching them various skills so that they could live their lives independently.

(Student Rapporteur: Ms. Rajitha Venugopal)

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Source: Report for the ICSSR-sponsored Two-Day National Conference Tribes In Transition-II: Reaffirming Indigenous Identity Through Narrative organised by The Department of English & Outreach Programme Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi, 27-28 February 2017)

Courtesy Dr. Ivy Hansdak, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia University New Delhi (email 4 October 2017)

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