FIELD NOTES

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

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Summer 2021 Updates

Summer Newsletter 2021 After working in Kolkata for 13+ years, we finally have the opportunity to create a space large enough for all of the education, mental health and vocational

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Nepal Update – Nov. 2021

Nepal Update – Nov. 2021 I just returned from several weeks in Nepal, working alongside Anjali Tamang at the new school that she has built – and that HFC is

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Minu in Red Light Resource Center in Kolkata, India

Minu

A Beautiful Soul – Minu Last week we lost one of our own. Our Community Organizer Minu Chetri passed away from tuberculosis.  TB is very common in red light area,

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Spring 2020 at Her Future

COVID-19 Update India is in the midst of a strict, nationwide 40 Day lockdown.  This means you cannot leave your home without police permission, even to buy food.  Our families

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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

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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

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Progress!

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

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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

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Otherizing

Otherizing It troubles me that so many posters and campaigns about sex trafficking in the US depict a slender white girl with long, straight, blonde hair.  The reality is that

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How Not to Portray Trafficking

How Not to Portray Trafficking Each year, we host an art show of photography created in the Vision for Empowerment workshop series, which we have offered to women in Calcutta

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Sarah Symons, Founder & CEO of Her Future Coalition.

Learn to Trust

Learning to Trust Fifteen of us sat in a circle on the cool marble floor, drawing birds and flowers.  The girls ranged in age from Jasminda, a tiny seven-year-old with

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