November is Native American Heritage Month in the United States. Honor this month by learning about how human and labor trafficking affects Native American communities, particularly women.
Roma Debabrata officially started STOP in 1998 during the Global March Against Child Labor, but really, STOP's story began six years earlier with the case of Hamida. Hamida was trafficked into India from Bangledesh when she was 10 years old. She was brutally raped by the man who trafficked her and by his friends, many of whom were Delhi policemen. After her rescue, the Judiciary asked Roma if she could help translate for Hamida. She said yes, and her life was never the same after that. Roma found her calling, and she knew that she must dedicate her life to preventing this from happening to other children and to rescue girls who found themselves in this position. Hamida's case dragged out for four years, and while Roma was asked just to translate, she also became very active in helping Hamida return home.
Our mission is to stop trafficking and oppression through education, legal movements and rescuing children and women from various forms of slavery and trafficking. We rescue girls and provide a safe home for them to heal and rehabilitate as well as receive an education and life skills. We provide many opportunities for survivors to realize their potential and to become empowered individuals and agents of change.
Our vision is to see the complete eradication of human trafficking and to stop oppression of children and women. We would like to see a world where there is no slavery and where children and women are empowered and have the rights, freedoms and opportunities that all human beings deserve.