The Untouchables

Caste and Human Trafficking Caste discrimination affects an estimated 260 million people worldwide, the vast majority of whom live in South Asia. Within the caste system, the Dalits or untouchables are believed to be inherently impure, such that it is unacceptable to be in close physical proximity with them. Touching anything they may have touched … Read more

The Role of Tech in Human Trafficking

The Role of Tech in Human Trafficking by Her Future Research Fellow Richa Gupta That technology has made our lives infinitely easier and miles more convenient is an indisputable fact; but with the good must come the bad—with the benefits must come the darkness. Technology is increasingly being employed and abused for the purposes of … Read more

Child Marriage in India

Child Marriage in India – Another Form of Human Trafficking. by Her Future Research Fellow Richa Gupta, Stanford University According to Girls Not Brides, India has the highest number of child brides in the world. The legal age for marriage is 18 for women and 21 for men—so child marriage occurs when people below these … Read more

Pain Won’t Be Her Only Story

Pain Won’t Be Her Only Story By Sarah Annay, Her Future Communications Director and creator of Vision for Empowerment workshops. We first started offering Vision for Empowerment workshops in 2015.  What started as an employment exploration project has turned into something even more empowering—a workshop that gives young women and girls a voice in Kolkata, through … Read more

The Physical and Psychological Consequences of Human Trafficking

Blurred image of girls to represent human trafficking

The Physical and Psychological Consequences of Human Trafficking by Her Future Research Fellow Richa Gupta India is a beautiful country, boasting incredible diversity, natural landscapes, monuments, and colors. But with all this beauty and goodness comes the inevitable bad—and one such issue is the scourge of human trafficking. The United Nations has defined human trafficking … Read more


Progress! In the anti-trafficking field, we have a lot to celebrate.  When I first got involved in this issue 15 years ago, public awareness as well as government response were low to non-existent.  When I first told my friends I was starting an agency to fight human trafficking, most didn’t know what those words meant. “You … Read more

Why India and Nepal

Why India and Nepal? The latest report from the UN estimates that there are  over 40 million slaves in the world today.  40% of the world’s slavery is concentrated in South Asia.  This same region has the highest rates of child labor, child marriage and other severe problems affecting women and girls.   Why India?  India is caught between the developed and … Read more