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Trapped Garment Workers Reach out to Newspaper and 150 are Finally Rescued
Ever since India’s COVID-19 lockdown began, the world has been shaken by the stories of millions of migrant labourers stranded far from their homes and growing desperate without money, food or shelter. In many cases, these workers have been trapped at factories and worksites—as brutal business owners take advantage of the pandemic to extract more and more forced labour.
Forced to make silk saris she could never afford
The work at the silkworm factory was familiar, Chandramma had been making silk saris since she was 8 years old. But this time was different. When IJM found Chandramma, she had been locked away in a tiny, dark cell of the silk factory - her son suffering beside her - for 6 months. "Things got so desperate that I even thought of ending my life."
Government Releases Nearly 1200 Garment Factory Workers Confined during COVID-19
IJM and partners worked with local authorities on a case that brought freedom to nearly 1,200 garment factory workers who were trapped in forced labour during the COVID-19 lockdown. Out of these 1,200 workers, about 700 were teens and young women who had migrated from northern Indian states.
Sixty-Four Children Among Hundreds Brought to Safety at Brick Kiln During Lockdown
Earlier this week, IJM assisted local authorities in rescuing 281 people from bonded labour at a massive brick kiln. This included 64 children of all ages who were forced to mold heavy bricks alongside their parents.
IJM’s May COVID-19 Update
COVID-19 has undeniably shaken our entire global community. Despite the complications caused by restrictions on content and movement, our committed teams all around the world continue to fight for justice and provide support for those who need it most. We’d love to share their work with you, so here’s some highlights!
Urgent Rescue of 360 People Sparks Mass Exodus from Brick Kilns
This week, IJM helped Indian law enforcement rescue 360 people from bonded labour at a notoriously brutal brick kiln—which then led to the release of nearly 7,000 other migrant workers who had been trapped during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“I was very strong and courageous... because I was speaking the truth.”
Sarah’s parents had always taught her to live peacefully with others. So when her partner became violent towards her, she didn’t know where to turn. Thanks to IJM's legal support, Sarah bravely testified in court against her abuser, and he was sentenced. We need your urgent help to protect women #UnsafeinLockdown during the Covid-19 crisis.
Suganya's Journey from Brick Kiln to Nursing Scholarship
Suganya was just a young girl when her parents became trapped in bonded labour at a brick kiln, and she spent years missing them desperately and worrying about their safety. Today, her family is free and thriving—and Suganya is realising her dream of caring for others in her community.
7 Ways Covid-19 Has Affected IJM's Work
The world is changing, but the work of justice is just as important as ever! In the midst of all the changes, we know this for certain: there is still reason to hope and still reason to keep fighting for justice.
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