The South Asia Network consists of three sub-networks in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. In conjunction with another organization, the India network hosted a National Consultation titled “Developing Human Resources in Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation/Abuse.”
The consultation was held from May 4-6. The objectives of the consultation were to further educate those working in the anti-trafficking movement and related fields in the below areas:
-Educating the general public towards the need to work in this field by using media specifically and effectively.
-Raising professionals like lawyers to effectively deal with cases, doctors/psychiatrists, teachers, child protection officers & trained counselors to ensure total restoration and healing, lobbyists, investigators & informers for the rescue work, and the likes.
-Mobilizing churches to encourage the church congregations to engage in the work, also getting seminary students, teachers & social work students aware on the issue, thereby engaging them in pastoral care & rehabilitation.
-Making churches open, accessible to the rehabilitated children and women along with making the congregations accept these marginalized people and help them rebuild their lives.
Thirty-four individuals participated in the Consultation.