Project information

Seek Justice Bangalore 2011

Seek Justice Bangalore 2011 will help bring freedom to 200 men, women and children trapped in bonded slavery in Bangalore, India and provide them with high quality aftercare to help them rebuild their lives. In addition, perpetrators will be prosecuted to ensure justice for victims.

November 2010 - October 2011

Charity information: International Justice Mission UK

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  • Need


    The global problem of modern day slavery: An estimated 27 million people are caught up in contemporary forms of slavery (National Georgraphic).
    Approximately two-thirds of today’s slaves are in South Asia. Human Rights Watch estimates that in India alone there are as many as 15 million children in bonded slavery. There is a great need for the rescue and care of victims.
    Bonded labour is illegal in India yet it continues, often due to a broken public justice system which needs to be fixed.


    Working through IJM investigators, lawyers and social workers - in collaboration with authorities - IJM provides an effective way of tackling slavery, helping to empower local public justice systems over the long term and in the short term bringing freedom and quality aftercare to its victims. Since 2007 the organisation has been bringing this hope to Bangalore and based on IJM’s experience in other areas, IJM Bangalore will continue to bring freedom and aftercare to many slaves over the year.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The public justice system will secure justice for victims of bonded labour crimes.


    » Cases prepared for legal process: IJM generates, investigates and reviews bonded labour cases.
    » Cases presented to government for granting of release certificates: IJM prepares cases and assists in rescue and granting of release certificates.
    » Cases prosecuted or followed up on at court: IJM submits criminal cases to the public justice, advise/pursue legal process, and ensures prosecution.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the successful rescue of up to 200 bonded labour victims, the granting of 100 Release Certificates, and successful prosecutions.

    Aim 2

    The public justice system and civil society will successfully rehabilitate bonded labour victims.


    » IJM bonded labour clients receive government benefits and services: IJM assesses victims' needs and applies for government provision and support.
    » IJM bonded labour clients are successfully reintegrated into society: IJM conducts Freedom Training, visits victims and helps them find employment.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the successful rehabilitation of bonded labour victims through completion of Freedom Training, social care treatment plans and through finding jobs.

    Aim 3

    Government officials will know how to conduct bonded labour operations.


    » Training provided to government officials and police, if necessary: IJM conducts training seminars on BLA elements, and criminal and legal procedure.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the attendance of government officials and police at training seminars on BLA elements, criminal procedure, and other relevant legal issues.

  • Impact


    IJM-facilitated rescues will result in immediate change for hundreds of victims and IJM’s rehabilitation program will bring lasting change to the victims and their families as they will be reintegrated into society and will learn to live in sustainable economic self-sufficiency. Through IJM aftercare, released victims and their families will find hope for a better future. Subsequent generations of children who would have been born into slavery will instead be born free.


    Without a Memorandum of Understanding there is no guarantee against registration being denied. In response IJM continues to build relationships with high level officials.
    Perpetrators may threaten IJM staff. To ensure safety IJM has high security standards and procedures in place to ensure emergency evacuations and repatriation plans are possible.
    Perpetrators may use influence to pressure district government officials not to prosecute. In response IJM advocates at higher government levels.


    The project will be monitored primarily through department-specific Monthly Reports that are submitted to IJM headquarters. Each department will be responsible for contributing relevant information to these reports. IJM is therefore able to provide stories and figures to donors on a regular basis.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Casework Contribution to the work of IJM Bangalore.
  • Background


    In Bangalore, India victims of bonded labour are often members of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST), many of whom were formerly known as “untouchables.” They are predominantly poor, uneducated, illiterate, and ignorant of their fundamental legal rights. Due to their low social standing, they are often disregarded and abused when they approach the public justice system on their own.


    Through this casework project, IJM will contribute to the eradication of bonded labour in the Project Area by providing direct relief for 200 bonded labourers and their dependants. IJM-facilitated rescues will immediately change the victims' lives by rescuing them from bondage. IJM’s rehabilitation program will bring lasting change to the victims and their families as they will be reintegrated into society and will learn to live in sustainable economic self-sufficiency.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since December 2006, IJM has been contributing to the eradication of bonded labour in the Bangalore Project Area using a casework model focusing exclusively on bonded labour cases involving violent injustice. IJM's casework focuses on victim relief, perpetrator accountability and victim rehabilitation ensuring a holistic solution. Since its inception, IJM has worked with local authorities to assist 202 individuals in leaving facilities where bonded labour was present.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    James Ewins, Field Office Director

    James Ewins is a British lawyer currently leading the entire IJM Bangalore team of 21 staff and 7 interns, who bring tangible justice and change.