Who We Are
Seven Sisters International is a US non-profit charitable organization concerned with the widespread trafficking of minor girls. We seek to serve the oppressed and powerless in the world. At Seven Sisters Home in Assam we provide rehabilitative care to minor girls suffering from trafficking and abuse. Our goal is to nurture and empower them to become independent and resilient women of courage, enabling them to successfully reintegrate into society and become change agents within their culture.
The founders of Seven Sisters International have extensive experience working in Asia. They first came to India ten years ago when one of them was hired to set up and direct a field office in Kolkata for the International Justice Mission. That work focused on rescuing children from the commercial sex industry. Many girls in the red light district had been trafficked in from remote areas such as Northeast India. Most could not return home and the limited aftercare options posed a serious problem. That experience led them to set up Seven Sisters Home, where quality rehabilitative care is provided to trafficking victims. Since opening in 2013, Seven Sisters Home has received more than fifty girls.
What We Do
With oversight from Seven Sisters International, our twenty two member local staff operates a government registered home for minor girls in the State of Assam. Here, they tend to the physical, emotional, educational, and vocational needs of the children and offer the loving care that each deserves. The girls live together in a safe and cheerful family environment. Girls rescued from distant parts of India and returned to Assam are sent to Seven Sisters Home for care.
When girls arrive at Seven Sisters Home they are given medical and psychological assessments and education evaluations (most have never attended school). Social workers conduct home studies to assess family and community circumstances. Some girls can be returned home but, when this is not possible, they enter into long term care at Seven Sisters. Our school, where we teach in three languages at six levels, is a fully accredited extension of the YWCA English School. We also provide music, art, crafts, and sports to round out our program. When girls reach age eighteen they can shift over to our transition home where they receive job training and learn independent living. We also work hard within the legal system to secure justice for our girls against their abusers.
Where We Work
Our work is based in Northeast India, which includes the “Seven Sister” states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura. This ethnically distinct region borders Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, and China and has many tribal groups and languages. It is known for its unique culture and scenic beauty but also for many problems, including extreme poverty, high unemployment, poor education, organized crime, and anti-government movements. These factors have led to increased instability and a vulnerable population, with the region becoming a major source area for child trafficking. Every year thousands of children are forced into labor as factory workers, domestic servants, beggars, and agricultural workers, and many are sold into the commercial sex industry. Girls from the Northeast are said to be targeted for the sex trade because of their fair skin and desirable features.