Shakti Vahini, NGO, in association with US Consulate, Kolkata and Bangla Natak, organized a two day conclave on “Working Together to Combat Human Trafficking” in Patna, Bihar on May 12 and 13, 2017. The sixth Annual Anti Trafficking in Persons Conclave held at Hotel Maurya, was attended by more than 200 dignitaries from New Delhi, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Mumbai, Nepal, and delegates from UNICEF and UNODC.

The programme was aimed to harness the intellectual and experiential potential of various Central, state depatrments, agencies, institutions, law enfiorcement and civil society organizations, in combating human trafficking. The partcipating members included representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Social Welfare Department and Transport Department of the Bihar Government. The luminous gathering was highlighted by the appearance of the Hon. Chief Minister of the State who passionately addressed the issue of human trafficking from and within the state, along with the steps taken to decrease the vulnerability of women and children, in exploitative conditions.

The event marked the ceremonial flag off, for initiating the discussion between US and India in addressing the issue of human trafficking through collaboration between different institutions, organizations, law enforcement agencies and civil society organizations. The main objective of the two day conclave was to bring key stakeholders such as NGOs, Government, business community, law enforcement agencies, civil society organizations, legal establishments, together to encourage exchange of information, create stronger networks,, share best practices and increase cooperation in tackling the growing menace of trafficking in persons.

The following report provides a detailed description of the sessions and panel discussions that took place during the two day conclave..