Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

APNE AAP WOMEN WORLDWIDE

A world in which no human being is bought or sold

aka Apne Aap   |   New York, NY   |  www.apneaap.org

Mission

Apne Aap International's vision is to create a world in which no woman is bought or sold. Our mission is to end sex-trafficking increase choices for every Last Girl in order to ensure access to their rights, and to deter the purchase of sex through policy and social change.

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

Ms Ruchira Gupta

Executive Director

Tinku Khanna

Main address

F.D.R Station PO Box 1376

New York, NY 10022 USA

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Formerly known as

Apne Aap International

EIN

13-4199270

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Children's Rights (R28)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sex-trafficking & sexual violence have become a worldwide epidemic. The United Nations says human trafficking is the second largest crime in the world. As a result, millions of children are trapped in systems of prostitution in our world today. In India, children born to marginalized nomadic groups are bought and sold on the very bed they are born in. Their mothers, who are often often victims of sex-trafficking themselves, and their fathers, who are victims of debt bondage & labour trafficking, are unable to protect them. Trafficking & prostitution is becoming inter-generational.. Vulnerable populations are easily preyed upon by traffickers. Traffickers have begun to use social media to recruit young people online, through a process known as grooming and then keep them in exploitative situations, through a process known as seasoning. The numbers of the exploited are going up and the ages going down. They are The Last Girls-the most vulnerable of human beings.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

To end sex trafficking of women and children

To support women and children trapped in sexual slavery in India

Population(s) Served
Females
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Budget
$65,000

Education of youth in US school and university campuses on prevention of sexual violence among themselves and The Last Girl in slums and brothels everywhere

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Adolescents (13-19 years)

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our vision is to create a world in which no human being is bought or sold. Our mission is to end sex-trafficking. Our Goal is to increase choices for The Last Girls-the 13-year old in a slum or a brothel and to deter the purchase of sex through legal and social change. We want every Last Girl in school and every woman free. We want every young adult to stand up to traffickers. We want them to know they have a self worth defending. We are inspired by the twin Gandhian principles of : Ahimsa (non-violence) - Resisting violence to the self and to the other. Antodaya (upliftment of the last woman/girl) - Antodaya's last person is the prostituted girl or woman. We want every child is in school and every woman free. We want to f the vulnerability pipeline to become the empowerment pipeline.

Our approach is to help every Last Girl regain control of her destiny. The Last Girl is the most vulnerable of human beings because not only is she a poor, female, teenage, but from a marginalized caste or religion in India, Black or Native American in the US, a refugee in Europe, an ethnic minority in Africa or a caravan migrant or climate victim in Latin America. Additionally, she may be the daughter or sister of a prostituted woman or a victim of child marriage or domestic servitude. She is preyed on by traffickers because she is hungry, homeless, unprotected and un-educated. Our Ten Assets are based on gaining the four most essential rights for at risk and trafficked girls and women: 1) Right to access Justice 2) Right to Education 3) Right to a sustainable and dignified Livelihood 4) Right to safe and independent Housing . We break the cycle of inter-generational prostitution by educating the most vulnerable girls from nomadic groups trapped in inter-generational prostitution and red-light areas. We enroll women to form a Mandala (circle), bring them to our community centre, start a classroom for their children and train them to gain the ten assets of a safe space, education, self-confidence, political knowledge, government IDs, government welfare like food, housing and health care, legal support, savings and loans, income-generating skills and the support of the big Apne Aap Mandala ( friendship circle). Each step reduces their vulnerability and creates an exit pathway out of prostitution.

We have been in operation since 2001. Our work has had on changing the individual lives of 15,000 women and girls trapped in the prostitution system. We have also played a role in changing laws and policies in the USA, India and France. We have had a role in supporting the United Nations in creating a Fund for Survivors and in the passage of the UN Protocol. Based on our track record in impacting individual lives of the most marginalized and vulnerable girls, as well as mentoring more than 200 students to understand and combating human trafficking, we feel we can do more .

We maintain an Asset Holder Database in which we put down the name of each beneficiary. Each asset serves as a progress indicator of the gains that our beneficiaries make. The ten assets are: a safe space, education, self-confidence, political knowledge, government IDs, government welfare like food, housing and health care, legal support, savings and loans, income-generating skills and the support of the big Apne Aap Mandala ( friendship circle). Each Asset addresses a specific vulnerability that traffickers take advantage of-for example a safe space addresses the issue of homeless, education addresses the issue of illiteracy, govt welfare addresses the issue of food, clothing, shelter etc.

Our organization has helped more than 15,000 women and their family members exit systems of prostitution, educated more than a thousand children through school and college, and put over a 100 traffickers in jail. We have also been instrumental in the passage of Section 370 I.P.C India's first anti-trafficking law, as well as the first life imprisonment of a trafficker. Our 10 Asset approach is being replicated and scaled up by others.

Financials

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APNE AAP WOMEN WORLDWIDE

Board of directors
as of 4/30/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ruchira Gupta

President

Term: 2007 -


Board co-chair

Ms Mona Sinha

Ruchira Gupta

Apne Aap International President

Joung Lee

Mona Sinha

Farhad Karim

Francesca Toscano

Roberto Toscano

Ion Rive

Keywords

human trafficking, sex trafficking, sexual slavery, abolition, human rights, children, girls, women's rights