// What is the Daughter Project?
The Daughter Project is a holistic, asset based approach to countering the trafficking and abuse of young girls. We work with local authorities, community based organizations, and volunteers to prevent, intercept, and restore young girls back to their families.
// How did the Daughter Project start?
The project was launched in 2007 in response to the thousands of young Nepali girls being taken across the border into India and sold into slavery each year. Our desire is to prevent this atrocity by working in high risk and transit areas to protect daughters from being taken, abused, and lured away. A three-pronged approach has developed: prevention, intervention, and restoration. We currently work in India, Nepal, Myanmar, and the United States.
// What other organizations are involved?
The initial phase of the project was a collaborative effort between Global Family, CarNet (Nepal), and Viva Network (UK). Currently, we partner with hundreds of community organizations, local authorities, Child Welfare Committees, Social Welfare Councils, and judicial systems.
// Who is really doing the work?
Local partners on the ground who have a desire to protect daughters in their communities are intercepting and rescuing trafficked and abused girls. Our approach is designed to be driven from the 'ground' up, utilizing local assets and personnel. While the majority of our funding stems from North America, it is the community organizers, mothers, and friends who are actively engaged in protecting, caring for, and restoring young girls.
// What happens to rescued girls who are unable to return home?
We do all that we can to restore girls with their families, but that is not always possible. Young daughters who are unable to rejoin their parents are placed in a long-term family care program. Girls sixteen years of age and older are cared for in a group home setting, and tailored care is recommended for those with special needs.