Recently, a new anti-trafficking bill has been drafted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. Apne Aap has helped rounds of consultation and has come up with recommendations which have been shared with the government. Apne Aap has continued to mentor and monitor members of community based groups in the red light areas and slums of India, who are at risk to human trafficking, to become self-sufficient though access to education and dignified livelihoods, while advocating for change in Indian law. At field locations in Delhi, Bihar and Kolkata, Apne Aap's educational programs and skill building initiatives have continued. In Bihar, the organization offered after school coaching classes, as well as therapeutic dance sessions, for 100 girls residing in Kasturba Gandi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV). Adult Literacy Classes were provided for women at Uttari Rampur, Bihar.
Apne Aap has also been supporting women and girls in Delhi by offering livelihood training in sewing, tailoring and appliqué classes. Not only are the women in these programs given access to formal and non-formal education, they are also developing leadership skills, which are vital for gaining a voice in their communities. Apne Aap has also devoted time and resources to increasing the effectiveness of its open mic sessions, which are designed to encourage victims to share their acts of boldness to empower themselves and their peers. Over 200 women & girls of prostitution spoke Apne Aap's open mic sessions this year.
Apne Aap continues to prioritize legal protection for at-risk women. They continue to work with 3000 women and girls in Self Empowerment Groups. Nearly 75 traffickers have been arrested and charged. Over 300 women in Kolkata and 150 women in Bihar have been provided with legal training on Constitutional Rights and Entitlements.
Apne Aap has selected two Government-run schools near the squatter settlements of three Nomadic groups, Perna, Singhi, and Sapera, suffering from inter-generational prostitution in the Najafgargh district. It has signed an agreement with the Delhi Government to build the capacity of these two schools by enrolling girls and keeping them from dropping out.
Apne Aap is mainstreaming 136 daughters of survivors of prostitution and at-risk women through placing them in residential schools.