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Vithika Yadav: Heading to Free the Slaves
Vithika Yadav, 26, India
Vithika has been working in the field of anti-human trafficking for the last four years. Her interest in development began while working on a project to start historical tourism in small villages in Rajasthan while working for the National Museum in New Delhi. Vithika's growing interest in women's and children's rights led her to STOP (Stop Trafficking and Oppression of Children and Women) where she became a program manager and researcher working on resource mobilization, reporting, documentation, evaluating projects, and organizing international dialogues on the challenges of combating trafficking and HIV/AIDS awareness. Since November 2006, Vithika has been a consultant with UNODC ROSA (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, South Asia Regional Office) working on a project to strengthen law enforcement response to human trafficking in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Bihar, and West Bengal. She has been invited to facilitate workshops at conferences in Sweden, Sri Lanka and India, and has published an article on linkages between trafficking and HIV/AIDS in the May 2006 UNAIDS publication "Combat Law." She has also done need based research in G.B.Road with the sex workers. Vithika received her B.A. and M.A. in history from Lady Shri Ram College, University of New Delhi and is currently doing a postgraduate program in human rights at the Indian Institute of Human Rights in New Delhi.
Vithika's U.S. Host organization will be
Free the Slaves - a non-profit, non-partisan human rights organization dedicated to ending the enslavement of 27 million women, men and children held against their will and forced to work without pay. In addition to empowering former slaves and their communities to assert their human rights, Free the Slaves produces print and visual media to raise awareness about modern slavery around the world; educates policymakers and holds the U.S. Government to its anti-slavery commitments; works to rid slavery from product supply chains; and conducts social science research into the nature and scope of modern slavery and the most effective responses in combating it.
Conducting research on work being done by international organizations to address trafficking
Fundraising and program development: participating in foundation, corporate and government proposal development and preparation; researching potential funding sources
Participating in the review and targeted distribution of a rehabilitation manual for use by grassroots anti-slavery organizations.
Representing Free the Slaves in public education events that focus on their grassroots anti slavery program, development of their support networks, and in the program of citizen advocacy on slavery
Gathering and evaluating information on US government anti-trafficking activities
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