In 2007, a group of human trafficking survivors gathered together for the purpose of creating a unique organization to protect human trafficking survivors, run by survivors. Within one year, these women had selected seven educated board members and drafted a constitution for SASANE.
In March 2008, SASANE was registered as a non-governmental organization in Nepal. The organization has since expanded to two offices and combined guesthouses for international volunteers in both Kathmandu and Pokhara, and has broadened its reach to ten mountain village areas. Today, SASANE provides four key and interrelated programs (Paralegal, Sisterhood of Survivors program (SOS), School Awareness & Community Outreach), in addition to other educational resources intended to empower female human trafficking survivors and girls at risk of being trafficked or re-trafficked. In the future, SASANE hopes to further develop its mountain village programming in order to extend its reach to rural women, as well as open a third office to expand its regional influence in Biratnagar in Morang district.
Today SASANE provides programs and educational resources to empower female human trafficking survivors and girls at risk of being trafficked or re-trafficked. Human trafficking survivors have an immense potential to create social change, and, due to their experiences, play a vital role in eradicating human trafficking in Nepal.
Where each survivor in Nepal is equipped with the self-esteem, skills, and knowledge achieving her dream and potential to become a leader in her chosen field
- To eradicate human trafficking and re-integrate human trafficking survivors into the society as respected members of the society.
- To increase women’s access to justice and achieve systemic change within the legal system.
SASANE’s mission is to end the physical and sexual exploitation of women and girls, ensuring their legal rights, and empowering them to live free and dignified lives by increasing women’s access to justice, concluding in the ultimate goal of ending human trafficking in Nepal and the eventual reintegration of survivors into society and their communities.