It starts with being safe. Then the journey to wholeness can start.
Protecting each client can involve helping a woman or child secure identity cards and birth certificates, pursue legal action, testify in a court case, understand his or her rights, or provide other support to help them protect themselves.
Hagar works with governments and partner organizations to ensure the protection of the women and children in our care and trains police and civil society in how to respond.
It’s complicated, time-consuming and sometimes dangerous work. But protection services are a vital part of Hagar’s support for women and children.
Because that’s what it takes to restore broken lives to wholeness.
Going after perpetuators and bringing them to justice is a long and painful process. But Hagar does whatever
it takes to secure justice for our clients. This is why more
funding is needed for our Legal and Protection team. So we can support more
clients in their pursuit for justice. You can help now by giving online.http://www.hagarinternational.org/usa/donate/
TIPCAP – Afghanistan
Hagar’s Trafficking in Persons Capacity-building in Afghanistan Project (TIPCAP) leads a coalition of Government, United Nations and local and international partners to develop a framework for the protection and recovery of survivors of abuse in Afghanistan.
TIPCAP helps to raise the standard of care for victims of trafficking and other human rights abuses by examining case studies, identifying gaps in services and addressing key learning needs.
Over the past two years, Hagar has led coalition meetings and conducted human trafficking trainings for lawyers, judges, police, and service providers. Topics have ranged from debating the definition of trafficking in Afghanistan to clarifying misconceptions about trafficking and the importance of protection, prosecution and policy.
There is still much work to be done.
Each day in Afghanistan, boys are bought and sold by powerful men in the age old tradition of ‘bacha bazi’ – or boy’s play. Boys are also held as slaves, forced to work in mines and brick kilns, or sent across the Tajik border to undertake hard and unsafe labour with little food and no wages, only to be dumped back across the Afghan border once again, half dead and unable to work effectively.
Girls are bought and sold from one man to another, throughout Afghanistan, and across the borders into Pakistan and Iran, for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Women are also sold every day in another ancient tradition called “baad” where they are given to an enemy family to satisfy an ongoing feud.
Through TIPCAP, Hagar works with the necessary local and international actors to address the issue of protection in Afghanistan so that individuals might begin their journeys towards recovery and wholeness.