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International Conference on Women Trafficking July 27-28, 2017

The Maharashtra State Commission for Women is pleased to host the International Conference on Women Trafficking on July 27-28, 2017 in Mumbai, the conference is held in partnership with International Justice Mission (IJM). This two day gathering will be the first Maharashtra State-organized international conference of its kind, addressing the evolution of trafficking as a result of modernization, migration, and economic growth, and highlighting the need for effective policymaking and law enforcement.  The Commission seeks to bring together stakeholders involved in anti-trafficking initiatives to assess the current situation, discuss issues related to trafficking on a global level and examine best practices to combat this heinous crime.


The goals of this Conference are as follows:

  • To facilitate convergence among participating states/countries to effectively suppress transnational crimes, including cross-border trafficking, through coordination and effective communication.
  • To mobilise stakeholders to address the problem of human trafficking on an international level through the sharing of best practices undertaken by government agencies, policymakers, NGOs and members of civil society.
  • To bring attention to the current trends of oppression and violence against women and to discuss the changing nature of trafficking.
  • To create a common framework for investigation, prosecution of traffickers within the judicial system, successful aftercare for victims, and repatriation.


To meet these goals, the Conference will include sessions on the following topics: the history and evolution of trafficking, the experience of trafficking worldwide, preventing and combatting the trafficking of women, law and policy, and the repatriation, restoration and rehabilitation of trafficking victims.  The Conference will feature international experts and officials who will participate as speakers and panelists.


Our Speakers :

Her Excellency Hajia Samira Bawumia

Second Lady of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

Her Excellency Hajia Samira Bawumia, the Second Lady of Ghana has been a strong voice for women’s rights in the country of Ghana and on multiple international platforms. She has spoken on many women’s issues, particularly encouraging women to participate more in government and governance to ensure that there are laws and other reforms that can get them into various leadership positions in their countries. She has expressed the need to mentor young women and for education to be paramount. She advocates for women’s rights and acknowledges the need to set up structures right from the village, communities, and to the central government level. Samira is a polyglot and speaks five languages; Ewe, Ga, Twi, Fanti and her husband’s native tongue, Mamprusi. The Maharashtra State Commission for Women and IJM India are honoured to welcome her eminent presence to Mumbai, India and look forward to her participation in the conference.




Gary Haugen

Washington, DC, USA

Mr. Gary Haugen is founder and president of International Justice Mission (IJM) - a global human rights agency that protects the poor from violence by partnering with local authorities and law enforcement to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems. The largest organization of its kind, IJM has served thousands of survivors of violence. Mr. Haugen was the Director of the U.N. investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, and has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. He is based in Washington, DC, USA.





Deputado Carlos Bezerra Jr.

San Paulo, Brazil

DeputadoCarlos Bezerra Jr. is a congressman in the Sao Paulo Government in San Paulo, Brazil. He is also the President of the Human Rights Commission. He was instrumental in passing a strong law in Sao Paulo against forced labour. This law was a milestone; it has been replicated in 3 other states. He has participated in international conferences about modern-day slavery and shared about Sao Paulo’s innovative legal framework and tools to combat the issue.






Ms. Archana Kotecha

Hong Kong

Ms. Archana Kotechais a counter-trafficking expert, advocate and a UK qualified barrister. She spent seven years as a corporate lawyer with KPMG and DLA Piper before joining the UN Refugee Agency’s Legal Protection Team in London. She’s currently Head of Legal at Liberty Asia where she has been instrumental in lobbying, advising and shedding light on the reality of human trafficking. She is educating financial institutions, NGOs and everyone around the world about human trafficking and more importantly, what can be done to end it.






Mrs. Sharon Cohn Wu

Washington, DC, USA

Mrs. Sharon Cohn Wu is Senior Vice President of Justice System Transformation at IJM, Washington D.C., Sharon’s work focuses upon developing IJM's strategy to transform public justice systems, so that they sustainably and effectively protect the poor from violence. In her previous role as Senior Vice President of Justice Operations, Sharon was responsible for directing operations in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and Southeast Asia, developing intervention strategies and advocating with local and national authorities. She has provided interviews for The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Fox News, NBC Dateline and BBC World. She testified before a Senate subcommittee on the domestic impact of international sex trafficking and before a House subcommittee on sex trafficking in South Asia. Her direct efforts have resulted in the release of children in the Philippines, Thailand, India, Cote d'Ivoire and Cambodia, and the teams she led have brought rescue to thousands of children, women and men around the world.



Chief Liborio Pimentel Carabbacan

Manila, Philippines

Police Chief Superintendent Liborio Pimentel Carabbacanis the Chief at the Women and Children Protection Center, Philippine National Police HQ, in Manila Philippines. He has held numerous leadership roles in the Philippine National Police. In 2015, he was designated as Deputy Regional Director for Operations. It was in this position that he oversaw the implementation of Campaign Plan LambatSibat which focused on the reduction of seven focused crimes of Murder, Homicide, Robbery, Theft, Carnapping, Motornapping and Physical Injuries which directly affect the life and security of the citizenry. As proof of his exemplary duty, the PNP conferred him 96 medals and citations. In October, 2016, He was formally designated as Chief of the Women and Children Protection Center. He now leads the office whose primary task is to protect and ensure the welfare of our women and children.




Atty. Janet M. Francisco

Manila, Phillipines

Attorney Janet M. Franciscois the Chief of the Anti-Human Trafficking Division, (AHTRAD) National Bureau of Investigation, (NBI) in Manila, Philippines. She is in charge of the day to day operations of the AHTRAD, to investigate and conduct enforcement actions against human trafficking and illegal recruitment cases. She organizes human trafficking awareness trainings for stakeholders and agents. She liaises with counterparts both local and foreign, stakeholders and NGOs, and responds to their request for assistance. She participates in the enactment of policies, guidelines and laws relating to human trafficking, cyber pornography, victim protection and rehabilitation.





Mr. Menglang Keng

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Mr. MenglangKengis the National Programme Officer of the International Organization for Migration in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He has over 10 years experience in providing technical assistance and guidance to key government institutions and NGO partners to assist vulnerable children and families, including victims of trafficking and vulnerable migrants. This has included drafting and developing policies, implementing capacity building activities, contributing to institutional strengthening and the provision of direct assistance to vulnerable migrants and victims of trafficking.






Mr. Dietmar Roller

Berlin, Germany

Mr. Dietmar Roller is an independent consultant for international NGOs, Mr. Roller is a very known and recognised expert. His expertise, in particular, is approaches in development cooperation and humanitarian aid in the context of extremely serious human rights violations. Mr. Roller is one of the most profiled development experts in the matter of combining human rights and sustainable development.

Dietmar Roller is working on behalf of international organisations for evaluations and assessments in failed states, such as Somalia, North Korea, Congo, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

Mr. Roller teaches development theories to master students of UNISA, South Africa. In addition, European NGOs ask him frequently for advice about conflict minerals and development approaches in extremely difficult situations.



Coronel Maximo Jhonny Aguilera

La Paz, Bolivia

Coronel Maximo Jhonny Aguilera is an attorney and Head of the FELCC of La Paz, Bolivia, Anti-Crime Police Force, Bolivia. Jhonny, a native of La Paz, Bolivia, has his bachelors and masters in law, is a criminal attorney, and has been a part of the Bolivian police force for more than 20 years. Currently, he is head of the Bolivian Anti-Crime Police Force (FELCC) in the La Paz department.

Throughout his career, Jhonny has participated in ample courses, conferences and workshops in the areas of law, investigation of crimes, and public administration, both nationally and internationally. Notably, he has participated in human rights courses with the Red Cross and the United Nations, as well as national courses on sex and violent crimes. Additionally, Jhonny has teaching experience in areas of criminal investigation and other areas. Jhonny has risen through the ranks of the Bolivian force, starting at the bottom of the police ranking system, until today, as the head of the FELCC of La Paz. He has received many honors, including 12 gold badges.


Pol. Lt. Col. Aroon Promphan

Bangkok, Thailand

Pol. Lt. Col. AroonPromphan , is the Deputy Superintendent of theRoyal Thai Police Anti-trafficking in persons division (ATPD), Ministry of Interior, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Inspector Aroon Promphan received his higher education in England and completed his degree in business management and marketing from the American College, London, and his MBA in international business management from Schiller International University in London, UK. He also holds a law degree from Bangkok’s Sripatum University.






Superintendent Grace NjokiNdirango



Superintendent Grace NjokiNdirango, is the Senior Superintendent of Police for the Child Protection Unit Department of Criminal Investigation, Kenya. She leads the specialist Child Protection Unit, which is a joint project of the Kenya National Police and the National Crime Agency of the UK to train and mentor a dedicated team focused child protection investigations.


Dr.PM Nair

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Dr. PM Nair, is a Research Coordinator and Chair Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He has been championing the fight against human trafficking for over 30 years, has written extensively on the issue, and is an expert in the field. He is a retired Special Director General of Police. P.M. Nair also served as a professional investigator and supervisory official of Indian Police Service, Central Bureau of Investigation, Govt. of India.







Dr. Sunitha Krishnan

Bangalore, Karnataka

Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, is a rare breed of individual who has committed her life as a fulltime volunteer in Prajwala. A mental health professional, she has done extensive research and is essentially a field practitioner. She has been instrumental in rescuing thousands of women and children from sex slavery and restoring dignity to them. Sunitha Krishnan is making it possible for India's government and citizens organizations to manage jointly a range of protective and rehabilitative services for women and children who have been trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation. For her humanitarian efforts she has been recognized world-wide with numerous awards and accolades. Government of India honored her with the fourth highest civilian honor "Padmashree" in the year 2016.




Dr. Irudaya Rajan

Bangalore, Karnataka

Dr. Irudaya Rajan, is a professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Kerala, India. Currently, he is the President of the Association of Gerontology (AGI) as well as Kerala Economic Association (KEA). He has published extensively in national and international journals on social, economic, health and demographic facets of aging. Professor Rajan has been involved in several projects on aging funded by the United Nations (UN), United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), the World Bank, International Labour Organization (ILO), HelpAge International, South Asian Network of Economic Institutes, Indo-Dutch Program on Alternatives in Development, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and International Development Research Centre. He has also undertaken considerable research on migration and is the editor the annual series, India Migration Report as well as editor-in-chief of the journal Migration and Development.



Conference Scedule :




08:30 am to 10:00 am


10:00am to 11:15 am


Inaugural Session



  1. Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra
  2. Mrs. Pankaja Munde, Hon’ble Minister of Women and Child Development, Government of Maharashtra
  3. Mr. Akshay Kumar, Actor/Producer
  4. Mrs. Vijaya Rahatkar, Hon’ble Chairperson, Maharashtra State Commission for Women
  5. Mrs. Vidya Thakur, Hon’ble Minister of State, Women and Child Development, Government of Maharashtra
  6. Her Excellency Hajia Samira Bawumia, Second Lady of Ghana
  7. Mr. Sajan Pillai, CEO, USD Global
  8. Mr. Gary Haugen, Chief Executive Officer, International Justice Mission

11:15am to 12:00pm

Government Perspective on Combatting Trafficking

  1. Mr. Dnyaneshwar Mulay, Secretary, Consular, Passport, Visa and Overseas Indian Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs
  2. Mr.Sumit Mullick, Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


Trafficking: The Reality and Impactof Violence Against Women

  1. Her Excellency Hajia Samira Bawumia, Second Lady of Ghana
  2. Mr. Gary Haugen, Chief Executive Officer, International Justice Mission
  3. Mr. Uday Nirgudkar, Zee TV

1:00pm to 2:00 pm

Lunch Break

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm



Preventing and Combatting Human Trafficking Crimes



Ms. Esther Daniel





Inauguration and remarks

Mr. Praveen Singh Pardeshi, Principal Secretary to Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra


Mr. Satish Mathur, Director General of Police, Maharashtra


Mr. Mahesh Bhagwat, Commissioner of Police, Telangana



Ms. Roshni Sen, Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development, West Bengal

Hong Kong


Ms. Archana Kotecha, Head of Legal, Liberty Asia


Ms. Grace Njoki Ndirango, Sr. Superintendent of Police, Child Protection Unit at Department of Criminal Investigation


Dr. Girish Kulkarni, Founder, Snehalaya


Mr. Jhonny Aguileira, FELCC of La Pazz,

Anti-Crime Police Force

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Tea Break

3:30 pm to 4:30pm







Sustainable Development and Human Trafficking




Mr. Ajoy Varghese Regional Director




Mr. Datta Padsalgikar, Commissioner of Police, Mumbai


Mr. Sunil Jacob, Responsible Sourcing Operations, Walmart


Mrs. Grace Pinto, Managing Director, Ryan International Group of Institutions


Ms. Aafreen Siddiqui, State Focal Point, UNDP, Maharashtra


Mr. Dietmar Roller, Development Expert


Mr. Menglang Keng, National Programme Officer, International Organisation for Migration

4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Free time for Delegates

6:30 pm

Delegates reassemble in the ballroom





7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Award Function & Felicitation


Celebrating Freedom and Justice for Women















Ms.Mridula Sinha, Hon’ble Governor of Goa,

Mr. Chandrakant Patil, Hon’ble Revenue Minister and Public Works, Government of Maharashtra

Ms. Kiran Maheshwari, Hon’ble Higher Technical and Sanskrit Education, Science & Technology Department, Minister, Government of Rajasthan, Ms. Anita Bhadel, Hon’ble Women and Child Development Minister, Government of Rajasthan

  • National anthem
  • Felicitation of Mrs. Mridula Sinha, Hon’ble Governor of Goa
  • Cultural program
  • Felicitation of Hon’ble Ministers, Ms. Kiran Maheshwari, Hon’ble Higher Technical and Sanskrit Education, Science & Technology Department, Minister, Government of Rajasthan

And Ms. Anita Bhadel, Hon’ble Women and Child Development Minister, Government of Rajasthan

  • Speech byMrs. Vijaya Rahatkar, Hon’ble Chairperson, Maharashtra State Commission for Women, Government of Maharashtra
  • Felicitation by the Hon’ble Governor of Goa, Mrs. Mridula Sinha of:

I) Survivors of Trafficking

II)  Public Justice System Champions

III) NGOS working in the field of anti-trafficking

and giving away of 2 e-rickshaws to 2 survivors.

  • Cultural program

Felicitation of Mr. ChandrakantPatil, Hon’ble Minister of Revenue and Public Works, Government of Maharashtra

  • Speech by Mr. Chandrakant Patil, Hon’ble Minister of Revenue and Public Works, Government of Maharashtra
  • Address by the Hon’ble Chief Guest, Hon’ble Governor of Goa, Mrs. Mridula Sinha
  • National anthem
  • Dinner







9:30 am to 10:30 am




Government Perspective on the Rule of Law and Criminal Justice in Ending

Human Trafficking

  1. Mr. Vinod Tawde, Hon’ble Minister Education Minister, Government of Maharashtra
  2. Mr. Praveen Dixit: DGP, Maharashtra


Rule of Law and Criminal Justice in Ending Trafficking


  1. Ms. Sharon Cohn Wu, Senior Vice President, International Justice Mission
  2. Lt. Col AroonPromphan – Anti-Trafficking In Persons Division, Thailand
  3. Ms. Roshan Dalvi, Hon’ble Retired Judge, Bombay High Court



10:30 am to 11:30 am



Ending Impunity for Trafficking Crimes




Hon’ble Judge Swati Chauhan




Inauguration and remarks

Mr. Praveen Dixit: Rtd DGP, Maharashtra

Mr. N. J Jamadar, Secretary of Law and Judiciary, Government of Maharashtra


Dr. P.M. Nair IPS, Rtd DGP, NDRF, Government of India and 


Mr. V. V. Laxminarayana, Addl. Director General of Police, Planning and Coordinating, Maharashtra


Mr. Sanjay Macwan, Regional Director, IJM


Ms. Janet Francisco, Chief of National Bureau of Investigation, Anti-Human Trafficking Division


Mr. Irudaya Rajan, Centre for Development Studies

11:30 am to 11:45 am

Tea Break



11:45pm to 1:00 pm

Plenary Session

Restoring Freedom and Empowering Victims of Human Trafficking.




  1. Mr.Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar, Hon’ble Minister for Labour, Government of Maharashtra
  2. Ms. Vinita Ved Singal, Secretary, Women and Child Development, Maharashtra
  3. Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, Chief Functionary, Prajwala
  4. Ms. Sadhna, Survivour of Trafficking
  5. Ms. Shivamma, Survivour of Trafficking
  6. Dr.Prabhu Shankar, IAS, Tamil Nadu


1:00 pm to 2:00 pm



2:00 pm to 3:00 pm



Cyber -Trafficking:

The Evolution of Human Trafficking




Mr. Brijesh Singh – Secretary, Information and Public Relations,Government of Maharashtra






Mr. Rajnish Seth, Secretary, Home Department


Mr. Vijaykumar Gautam, Secretary, Information Technology Government of Maharashtra


Sajan Pillai, CEO UST Global


Mr. Muktesh Chander, IPS, DG Goa Police


Officer Liborio Carabbacan, Chief of the  Women and Children Protection Centre, Philippine National Police

3:00pm to 3:30pm

Tea Break



3:30 pm to 4:30 pm


The Role of Media in the Fight Against Trafficking.



Ms. Ambika Pandit, Times of India


Mr. RK Radhakrishnan, Associate Editor Frontline Magazine


Ms. Nita Bhalla, Reuters


Mr. Rajkumar Santoshi, Film Director


Mr. Nitesh Tiwari, Film Director


Nidhi Kamdar , OSD to Maharashtra Chief Minister’s office


Nidhi Kamdar , OSD to Maharashtra Chief Minister’s office


4:30 pm to 5:00 pm


Closing Session


Commitment to End Trafficking of Women.


  1. Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Government of India
  2. Mr. Hansraj Ahir, Hon’ble Minister of State, Home Affairs
  3. Mr. Sudhir Mungantiwar, Hon’ble Finance Minister, Government of Maharashtra
  4. Mrs. Vijaya Rahatkar, Hon’ble Chairperson, Maharashtra State Commission for Women
  5. Mr. Sanjay Macwan , Regional Director, International Justice Mission


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