Discover the extent of bonded labor in South Asia
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Volunteers for Social Justice was founded in 1985 by its current General Secretary Jai Singh. Since its formation, the organization has been striving to combat the injustices facing Punjab’s most vulnerable sections of society. We work closely with trade unions and workers’ groups fighting to end inequality in the workplace, as well as with scheduled caste communities and organizations across the country seeking to end caste based discrimination. Our primary focus has been on ending slavery and caste discrimination through recourse to established national laws and international human rights declarations and covenants. By extensively surveying workplaces, we are able to identify those in debt bondage, and we are then to provide legal advice or assistance to those in need. Though our legal team, we work directly with bonded laborers and also raise issues at the state and national levels. Since our inception, we have identified and released over 30,000 bonded laborers (including child bonded laborers) in Punjab and other northern India states, and have monitored and worked to protect the basic human rights/child rights of people from marginalized communities vulnerable to debt bondage.