6 trafficking survivors repatriated to Bangladesh

ITANAGAR, Jun 19: The Impulse NGO Network assisted in the safe repatriation of six survivors of trafficking from India to Bangladesh at the Phulbari border in India.
The repatriation took place on 16 June, in the presence of stakeholders from both countries.
The case of the trafficked survivors had been referred to the Impulse NGO Network by Chennai-based Madras Christian Council of Social Service in 2018, after most of them had been in the shelter home for between one and five years.
The Impulse NGO Network, with assistance from their partner in Bangladesh, Building Resources Across Communities (BRAC), assessed the home-study investigation reports on the survivors to ensure if they could be integrated back in their communities in Bangladesh.
BRAC designed a counselling, rehabilitation and reintegration programme for the six survivors in Bangladesh, and, simultaneously, the Border Security Force in India and the Border Guard of Bangladesh were contacted for the legal formalities involved in facilitating the repatriation.
The effectiveness of the repatriation process was a result of the approach of the Impulse NGO Network under the Impulse Model, “a single-window platform and collective leadership for assisting in human trafficking cases, in partnership with civil society organisations, law enforcement agencies, and governments to avoid overlapping of efforts or stagnation of any process by building a bridge between the stakeholders and hastening the process of assisting cases,” said a statement.