Strategic Areas of Light House
Light House has been working for trafficking prevention and repatriation of trafficked victims along with the support of rehabilitation and reintegration into their respective families as well as society of the victims. Under the IJLAS [Improved Justice and Legal Aid Services] project with the financial support from UKAid through Community Legal Services (CLS) of Max Well Stamp-PLC, Light House has been working in 54 unions of 9 upazillas under 5 districts of Rajshahi division in Bangladesh covering a total of 1,581,314 populations since January 2013 to March 2017. The overall goal of the project is to improve access to justice and existing legal service procedure through supporting and system strengthening for un-served population including those living in Char (Islands), Haor (Water land) and Adibashi (Aboriginal) concentrated areas in Rajshahi division with the broader objectives are to develop local institutions and groups for gender sensitive mediation and dispute settlement at village court, arbitration council & strengthening collaboration and communication with existing legal service providers through local level awareness and advocacy programs through facilitating service provisions within the scopes of CLS service delivery & capacitate service providers and service seekers to protect human rights and legal rights. The activities of the project are designed and delivered under three major deliverables as follows: 1) Legal Aid Support – Legal Advices, Legal Aid Information, Case Referral and Strengthening Village Court & Arbitration Council; 2) System Strengthening; and 3) Community Mobilization, Awareness & Knowledge Strengthening. The project by now has identified a large group of trafficked victims in India and Nepal and has successfully repatriated various trafficked victims; most of those were exposed to prostitution in India and one of them was under age.