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Projects

Creative educational solutions to crime prevention and criminal practice of trafficking in persons and online sexual exploitation

March – August 2018

An interactive playing card game with messages on organized crime such as trafficking in persons and online sexual exploitation for school students of 13-18 years age group was developed. About 20 playing cards were developed for the card game on trafficking in persons and online sexual exploitation. About 226 students both girls and boys played the final game at 3 schools of urban Dhaka and one school of rural Satkhira district.
To Conduct and Provide ToT to Strengthen Capacity of Instructors of TTC on Skills Training for Potential Migrant Domestic Workers

May 2016 - January 2017

A course outline and contents of the Training of Trainers (ToT) for a 3-days training program for the domestic migrant workers was prepared. Subsequently, 3-days training programmes for 63 TTC Instructors of 14 TTCs in 3 batches at Dhaka were conducted.
Development of Training Modules and Conduct Training on Wildlife and Forest Crime

June - November 2016

To counter organized crime, forest officers, forest guards, associate law enforcement officials and officers were provided capacity building training to prevent and control wildlife and forest crimes. In addition, judiciaries were provided orientation to increase prosecutorial and judicial capacities to address the crime.
Develop a Protocol on Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) and Guideline on National Referral Mechanism (NRM) and Training to the CTC Members

September - November 2015

A Protocol on Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) and National Referral Mechanism were prepared. The Protocol contained information on the structure, mode of operation, location and jurisdiction, role of stakeholders including police department etc. while the National Referral Mechanism focused on the coordination mechanism among the agencies to prevent trafficking, protect victims and their families, rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration.
Training Curriculum Development and Training on Trafficking

May – November 2015

Training Needs Assessment (TNA) was undertaken to develop a chapter focusing on human rights of women labour migrants and trafficking for forced labour. A Training Manual on Human Trafficking including labour trafficking was prepared followed by a Consultation Meeting. Subsequently, 4 batches of trainings were conducted for 100 law enforcement officials from Immigration Department; Airport Armed Police; local police stations adjacent to the airport and Benapole border check point as well as Border Guard Bangladesh.
Training on Human Trafficking for Law Enforcing Officials and Public Prosecutors

October 2014 - August 2015

Fourteen batches of Two-day Training on Anti-Human Trafficking for the Law Enforcing Officials namely Police, Border Guard Bangladesh, Bangladesh Coast Guard and Public Prosecutors were organized and conducted by CWCS in 14 districts namely Barisal, Patuakhali, Jashore, Satkhira, Khulna, Jhenaidah, Rajshahi, Chapai Nawabganj, Joypurhat, Rangpur, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram and Panchagarh districts of Bangladesh. These trainings were organized to enhance capacity in investigation and prosecution of cases against human trafficking in line with the newly enacted comprehensive law on human trafficking 2012 in Bangladesh. A total number of 412 participants attended these 14 training courses that included 247 police officials, 81 BGB officials, 8 Bangladesh Coast Guard officials and 76 Public Prosecutors. The level of participants of law enforcing officials were Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police, Sub-Inspectors of Police, Inspectors of Police and same level from Border Guard Bangladesh and Bangladesh Coast Guard.
Gateway to Employment and Economic Empowerment for Survivors of Trafficking

January 2014 - December 2015

About 40 survivors and potential victims of above the age of 18 years were identified and selected to work at the garment factory at Ashulia in Dhaka; about 20 survivors and potential victims were provided with three months training on tailoring and sewing and were provided with sewing machines at free of cost; about 20 Courtyard meetings with women and girls in remote villages on the issues of trafficking and sexual exploitation were organized which were attended by 619 vulnerable village women in Debhata, Kaliganj, Satkhira Sadar and Kalaroa upazilas attended the courtyard meetings.
Gateway to Employment and Economic Empowerment for Survivors of Trafficking

March 2011 - December 2013

Traffic Survivors Foundation was launched on the occasion of 100 years of International Women’s Day 2011 at Centre for Women and Children Studies premise on 10 March 2011. In 2012, about 50 women and girls of Satkhira who were victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation, early marriage, domestic violence and extreme poverty were placed in jobs at garment factory in Ashulia, Dhaka. In 2013, about 60 survivors and potential vitims of trafficking and sexual exploitation were placed in jobs at the Ananta Garment factory at Ashulia in Dhaka. In addition, 60 Awareness Raising Courtyard Meetings with women and girls in remote villages were organized. About 1814 women and girls attended these Awareness Raising Courtyard Meetings.
Integrated Health Service Oriented Referral System for Victims of Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation and those in Vulnerable Situation in Satkhira District, Bangladesh

March 2012 - December 2013

Activities included continuing the provision of integrated health services through the Information Health Booth at Debhata and Kaliganj upazilas as well as the extension of such services to Satkhira Sadar and Kalaroa upazilas; providing healthcare services to 171 victims at Information Health Booth (IHB) through referral system with governement hosptials and NGO facilities till December 2012; establishing a transit shelter facility for victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation; providing transit shelter facilities including food, healthcare services, recreation facilities to 84 victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation; providing counseling services at the Information Health Booth to 168 victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation till 2012; printing and distributing IEC materials namely 10,000 brochures, 10,000 posters, 15,000 hotline health cards, 5,000 folders and 5,000 note pads to promote integrated healthcare services for the victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation and those in vulnerable situation; designing and hosting of 10 billboards in prominent places like market places and bordering areas of the 4 upazilas; organizing 50 community awareness meetings and folk song performances in 20 unions of the 4 upazilas; organizing 70 anti-trafficking and health risks awareness school campaigns with primary, secondary and madrasah students; organizing 50 courtyard meetings with Village Women and Adolescent Girls in remote rural areas; organizing 80 vulnerable women awareness meetings; forming 10 Community Watch Committees (CWCs) in 10 unions of 2 upazilas; organizing 10 motivational workshops in 10 unions of Kalaroa and Satkhira Sadar with CWCs; organizing 50 bi-monthly follow-up meetings to maintain continued liaison with 10 Community Watch Committees; organizing 40 quarterly follow-up meetings to maintain continued liaison with the existing 10 Community Watch Committees at Debhata and Kaliganj upazilas; organizing 4 advocacy meetings with MoHFW representatives at district level; organizing 4 Sensitization and Motivational Workshops with 20 doctors, 16 nurses and 24 community health workers; organizing half-yearly 8 follow-up meetings with 20 doctors, 16 nurses and 24 community health workers of 4 upazilas; coordinating with community clinic staff under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and organizing 16 quarterly awareness raising meetings with women beneficiaries being attended by the community clinics in the 4 upazilas. The project covered 4 upazilas namely Debhata and Kaliganj, Kalaroa and Satkhira Sadar upaizlas of Satkhira district.
Health Service Oriented Referral System for Victims of Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation in Satkhira District, Bangladesh

May 2010 - December 2011

An Information Health Booth and specialized hotline to assist victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation was established at Parulia union; a Baseline Study on health services and delivery system of 10 unions of Debhata and Kaliganj upazilas was conducted; two Experience Sharing Meetings with Key Stakeholders to share the findings of the baseline study at Debhata and Kaligonj upazilas were organized; about 5,000 brochures, 10.000 posters and 10,000 Hotline Health Cards to promote health services for the victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking were printed and widely distributed; Training Manual on Health Risks, Consequence and Health Care of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Women and Adolescent Girls was developed; training to the doctor and nurse based at the Information Booth and 8 project staff on special primary health care for the victims and potential victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking was imparted; 2 Upazila Workshops with 10 doctors and 40 nurses and community health workers were organized; 10 existing Community Watch Committees (CWCs) in 10 unions of 2 upazilas in Satkhira district were re-organized; 10 motivational workshops with CWCs and 50 awareness raising meetings with Community Watch Committees were organized; 100 follow-up meetings of Community Watch Committee (CWC) were organized; 188 Victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation were provided healthcare services at Niramoy Information Health Booth and among them 15 were referred to government hospital in Satkhira district and about 36,160 community people including men, women, adolescents and children made aware about the issues of health risks and consequences of trafficking and sexual exploitation. Geographically the project covered 2 upazilas namely Debhata and Kaliganj of Satkhira district.
Flood in 2011 in Debhata and Kaliganj Upazilas in Satkhira district: Relief and Healthcare Support

October - December 2011

An assessment was conducted in most disaster affected project of Debhata and Kaligonj upazila. The assessment identified 1,200 most vulnerable affected families. Project activities included operating 14 health camps in 13 wards covering 30 villages of 5 unions under two upazilas namely Debhata and Kaliganj; providing medical check-up, free distribution of medicines and follow-up of the patients in 30 villages; distributing safe drinking water, rice, lentils, potatoes, cooking oil, salt, spices, sugar etc. among 1,200 flood affected families and infant milk powder and baby food to 400 selected mothers having children of 1,200 families; distributing bed sheets and mosquito nets in 30 villages; conducting two-day health awareness training for affected families in 14 villages under 7 health camps and conducting two-day health awareness training for affected families in the remaining 16 villages under 7 health camps. Geographically the project covered 30 villages in 4 unions namely Debhata, Kulia, Parulia, Nowapara under Debhata upazila and one union namely Nalta under Kaliganj upazila in Satkhira district.
Motivational Training for Youth Volunteers to Promote Safe Migration and to Combat Human Trafficking

September 2011 - August 2012

Two day long 4 district level Motivational Training with 80 Youth Volunteers (college going students) at 4 districts namely Chapai Nawabgonj, Cox's Bazar, Jessore and Satkhira were organized. National Seminar was organized with participation of 80 trained Youth Volunteers of 4 districts, partner NGOs and higher government officials of concerned ministries and representatives of INGOs. Trained Youth Volunteers conducted awareness campaigns in 160 schools of four districts and 4 8,000 students and 300 teachers were sensitized about safe migration and causes and consequences of human trafficking.
State of Trafficking in Women and Children and their Sexual Exploitation in Bangladesh

March 2007 - August 2008

A research study to explore the existing state of trafficking in women and children and their experience of sexual exploitation and violence in 38 districts of the 6 divisions in Bangladesh as well as in Kolkata, India using both qualitative and quantitative approach was undertaken. About 607 trafficked victim families were interviewed; 173 FGDs were conducted with family members, guardians, law enforcing agencies, government officials, NGO workers, manpower agencies, agents, pimps, traffickers; 400 sex workers were interviewed from 11 brothels throughout Bangladesh; 20 floating sex workers were interviewed from Dhaka city; 43 case studies of trafficked victims were collected from various shelter homes in Bangladesh; 17 case studies of trafficked victims were collected from shelter home in Kolkata; and paper clippings of missing, kidnapped and trafficked children and trafficked women from January 2000 to December 2007 were compiled to assess the media coverage on the issues.
South Asia Network Building against Trafficking to Lobby for Implementation of SAARC Convention

2005 - 2006

A background paper on Status of Implementation of SAARC Convention on Prevention of Trafficking in Persons in Bangladesh was prepared; A one day Stakeholders Consultation at the National Level to develop a 'National Action Plan' and 'Road Map' for effective implementation of SAARC Convention in the country was organized; Committee Against Trafficking (CAT) formulated; 3 Meetings with legislators, policy makers, law enforcement (including police, Judges, lawyers), media, NGOs and INGOs for effective implementation of the SAARC Convention were organized. In addition, 'Country Report' on the success stories and challenges for effective implementation of SAARC Convention in the country was prepared.
Pilot Project on Advocacy to Combat Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Satkhira district

November 2007 - March 2009

Baseline Study on Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in four unions namely Parulia, Shakhipur, Nalta and Varashimla of Satkhira district was conducted; One-day Experience Sharing Meeting with Key Stakeholders at Debhata Upazila; One-day Experience Sharing Meeting with Key Stakeholders at Kaligonj Upazila was organized; 4,000 posters and 4,000 booklets to combat trafficking in women and children printed for wide dissemination; Facilitator's handbook to conduct union level motivational workshops has been developed; 10 two-day awareness raising and motivational workshops; 6 courtyard meetings; 16 bazaar meetings; 20 follow-up meetings of Community Watch Committee (CWC) were organized. Moreover, 32 victims of trafficking in women and children rescued and handed over to their family members by Community Watch Committee members.
Advocacy to Combat Gender Violence in Shrimp Cultivation Areas of Satkhira district

March - November 2007

A Consultation Meeting at Satkhira with relevant stakeholders; 10 Focus Group Discussions with the vulnerable women and children separately of the shrimp cultivation areas on the issue of violence and their access to justice; 5 Sensitization Sessions at the 5 police stations with the police, and 5 Sensitization Sessions with the local elected representatives on the issue of violence against women and children were organized.
Promotion of Legal and Social Empowerment of Women through Alternative Dispute Resolution Salish

September - December 2006

A three-day training module on ADR/Salish to train the master trainers (TOT) was developed A Training of Trainers (TOT) for partner NGO staff members was imparted and training sessions conducted by partner NGO was observed.
Community Policing: Empowering Community to Combat Gender Violence

January 2005 - March 2006

Two-day Orientation Sessions on Community Policing with police and members of the community was organized separately, followed by one-day interactive workshop with both police and members of the community to form Community Policing Committee to Combat Gender Violence and formulate the Terms of Reference of these Committee. Two-day Strategic Meeting was organized at Bahadurpur Union of Sharsha Upazila with the members of Community Policing Committees. Twelve follow-up meetings with the Community Policing Committees at Jessore; Two one-day Orientation Sessions on Community Policing with police and members of the community and four follow-up meetings with the Community Policing Committees were organized.
Advocacy for Pro-Women Policing and Access to Justice

July 2003 - June 2004

A Consultation Meeting on Advocacy for Pro-Women Policing and Access to Justice was organized. About 12 Police officials comprising of Inspector General of Police as Guest of Honour, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Deputy Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, Officers-in-Charge and Sub-Inspectors of Police, 8 representatives from non-government organizations. Six half-day Awareness Raising Advocacy Workshops on Gender Violence for Police were also organized. These workshops were attended by Sub-Inspectors, Assistant Sub-Inspectors and Constables from the six police stations namely Dhanmondi, Ramna, Lalbagh, Mohammadpur, Mirpur and Gulshan of Dhaka.
Orientation Sessions on Child Rights for Police Officials

May 2003 - March 2004

Orientation Sessions on Child Rights for Police Officials were organized at 389 police stations of 54 districts of six divisions. A set of five posters were handed over to the police containing messages on child rights issues namely security of children, child labour, violence against children, child trafficking and youth offenders. A Seminar on Sharing Experience: Towards Child Friendly Policing at Rajarbagh Police Line Auditorium was also organized. About 60 police high officials comprising Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan, Additional Inspector General of Police, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Superintendent of Police from different districts and Officers-in-Charge from Dhaka Metropolitan.
Gender Sensitivity Training for Police and Community to Combat Violence against Women

September 2000 - August 2002

A Consultation Meeting with police officials and NGOs working on human rights was organized at CWCS. About 12 high police officials from different Departments of the police and representatives of the grassroots level organizations (NGOs) of Jessore and Rajshahi attended the participatory Consultation Meeting. Trainer’s Manual, Facilitator’s Handbook, Handouts and Workbooks were developed to conduct the training programs. Leaflet on the Role of Police to Combat VAW and booklet on relevant laws relating to VAW were also developed. Twelve five-day Gender Sensitivity Training for Police and Community to Combat Violence Against Women were conducted in Jessore and Rajshahi districts of Bangladesh. Police personnel comprising of Inspector, Sub-Inspector, Assistant Sub-Inspector and Constables as well as members of the community such as lawyers, teachers, doctors, government officials, Union Parishad Chairmen and members, journalists, imams (religious leader), businessmen, students, cultural activists, housewife, NGO and social workers had attended the above training programs.
Pilot Project for Police Training and Community Sensitization Program on Women and Child Rights

August 1998 – May 2000

The Centre organized four five-day extensive programmes covering eleven thanas of Bogra and subsequently two one-day Fact-finding Meetings to assess impact of the sensitization programme. CWCS also organized ten Awareness Raising Workshops with Police on Women and Children rights in Dhaka, of them, eight workshops were held at the different police stations in Dhaka and the rest two were held at the Detective Training School (DTS) of CID, Dhaka. Furthermore, three five-day sensitization programmes were organized in three districts, namely Mymensingh, Gaibandha and Jessore.
Counter Trafficking School Campaign among School Children in Dhaka

December 2003 - August 2004

Two half-day Orientation Session on Child Trafficking for Police Officials was organized by at Ramna and Dhanmondi Police Station of Dhaka Metropolitan, The Orientation Sessions was attended by 47 participants comprising of Sub-Inspectors, Assistant-Sub Inspectors and Constables. Counter Trafficking School Campaigns at 20 School of Ramna and Dhanmondi Police stations to aware the school children about the various issues related child trafficking such as definition, causes, mechanisms, consequences, and strategies to combat trafficking were also organized.
Advocacy to Combat Trafficking in Women and Children in the Northern Region of Bangladesh

September 2000 - August 2003

This is a 3-year project on Advocacy to Combat Trafficking in Women and Children in the Northern Region of Bangladesh. The main activities of this project over the project period - 1. Training on Research for Advocacy to Combat Trafficking in Women and Children 2. District Level Awareness Raising Advocacy Workshops 3. Thana Level Awareness Raising Advocacy Workshops 4. Motivational Training of Youths for Advocacy to Combat Trafficking in Women and Children in the Northern Region 5. Conference on Grassroots Level Counter Trafficking Initiatives: Northern Region, Bangladesh 6. Village Level Awareness Raising Advocacy Workshops to Combat Trafficking in Women and Children in the Northern Region of Bangladesh 7. Motivational Training for Adolescents to Campaign for Combating Trafficking in Women and Children 8. Socio-Economic Benefit Packages for Adolescent Campaigners Team
Forging Partnership to Combat Trafficking in Women and Children

August 2001 - July 2002

Two regional workshops were organized in Jessore and Rangpur which were attended by representatives from the government agencies, law enforcing agencies, local elected representatives, professionals, community leaders, human rights activists and NGO representatives. Two-day International Seminar on Strategizing to Combat Trafficking in Women and Children was also organized on 15-16 February 2002 with participants and experts from home and abroad.
Advocacy Program to Combat Trafficking in Women and Children

March 1997 – February 1998

The project was implemented at the local, national and regional level. Traffic Watch Bangladesh (TWB) – a network of national and grassroots level organizations to combat trafficking in women and children at the national level was launched. Campaigns and advocacy programs to combat trafficking with local government agencies, NGOs, community leaders, police, journalists, teachers, doctors, lawyers, parents, guardians, adolescents, children and particularly with the community people at the grassroots level were undertaken in partnership with the TWB network members. throughout Bangladesh, especially in the traffic prone areas of the bordering districts namely Jessore, Satkhira, Rajshahi, Chapai Nawabganj, Comilla and Dinajpur.