All Field Action Projects
Locations: Mumbai, Thane and Bharuch
Sponsor: Sir Dorabji Tata and Allied Trusts, HDFC Ltd., ONGC Ltd., Prayas Income Generation Unit, individuals, and charitable trusts
Prayas is a social work demonstration project of the Center for Criminology and Justice, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, established in 1990. Prayas focus is on service delivery, networking, training, research and documentation, and policy change with respect to the custodial/institutional rights and rehabilitation of socio-economically vulnerable individuals and groups. To this end, permission to visit criminal justice or custodial institutions and interact with persons detained or confined in police stations, prisons and government residential institutions in Maharashtra and Gujarat has been obtained from the Departments of Prisons and Women and Child Development
To contribute knowledge and insight to the current understanding of aspects of CJS policy and process in India- with specific reference to socio-economically vulnerable and excluded communities, groups and individuals who are at greater risk of being criminalised, or exposed to trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
Who does Prayas Reach Out to?
Why does Prayas work with these groups?
To facilitate a process where a person shifts (away) from an environment conducive to crime or sexual exploitation to one that offers stability and safety in following areas:
This is expected to reduce the chances of a person resorting to or being subjected to exploitative behaviour.
What does Prayas do?
Social workers and training instructors visit different settings including prisons, police stations and government run institutions for women. Services such as information and awareness programmes, educative sessions, family support and legal aid are focused upon. This is done with the objective of establishing rapport and to provide information about rehabilitative services.
In order to counter problematic individual and environmental situations, a programme has been designed to replace illegal/inappropriate acquaintances, behaviors, and support systems with those that are socially acceptable. A team comprising of social workers, vocational training instructors, and counselors based in Mumbai and Bharuch operatefrom Development Centres for male (youth) and women.
The plan is implemented on a phase-by-phase basis, as below:
Articles about Prayas
Contact Details:Prayas Production Unit (Income Generation Unit)
Prayas, BDD Chawl between Bldg. No. 15 & 16Buddha Vihar, Near Jambori Maidan,Behind Poddar Hospital,Worli, Mumbai - 18Sadanand Dalvi: 9969769893/94Mahesh Ghosalkar: 9869193321
Maharashtra Women’s Development Centre Room No. 492nd Fl, Guilder Lane Municipal School Mumbai Central, MumbaiTel: 022-23004429/23005329
Youth Development Centre Room No. 61 & 62, 4th Fl, Sadhvi Savitirbai Phule Municipal School, Byculla, Mumbai. Tel: 022-3019583
Gujarat 109, Vadilo Na Ghar 1st Fl, Near Kasak Bharuch Gujarat Tel: 0264-2226618
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