India: Sattaru Umapathi Honored for Efforts To Combat Trafficking In Persons

Posted by Talley Sergent
June 9, 2010
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Every year, the U.S. Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons highlights the efforts of individuals from all over the world who work tirelessly to ensure that every person, no matter one's nation of origin or standing in society, is able to pursue a life of freedom. In the days leading up to the release of the annual Trafficking in Persons Report on June 14, 2010, DipNote will share their stories.About of Author: Talley Sergent is a Public Affairs Officer in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Sattaru Umapathi, the anti-human trafficking officer of the Crime Investigation Department for the state of Andhra Pradesh, has led numerous interstate and intrastate rescue operations across India. Officer Umapathi has played a key role in rescuing victims and arresting traffickers; he has contributed to multiple convictions that have led to sentences ranging from four to 14 years' imprisonment. He also forged partnerships with NGOs across the country and implemented UNODC anti-trafficking protocols in his state police department.

Officer Umapathi has changed the mindset of the state's law enforcement community by teaching officials to stop treating trafficking victims as criminals. He has organized judicial conferences and addressed a colloquium in New Delhi that helped educate the judiciary about the need to treat victims with empathy. Officer Umapathi argued for application of the more stringent sections of Indian law in trafficking cases, such as laws related to minors in prostitution, import of foreign girls, and unlawful compulsory labor. He successfully implemented a rescue protocol that included the payment of $220 as interim relief for trafficking victims. Thanks to Officer Umapathi's dedicated efforts, Andhra Pradesh is becoming a model for other Indian states fighting human trafficking.

Stay up-to-date on the Department's anti-trafficking efforts by following the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons on Facebook and Twitter.



June 11, 2010

Keshav in India writes:

Hats off to the officer.

Hes is a model to the police department.

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June 11, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

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Ram N.
June 12, 2010

Ram M. in India writes:

we have allready expected of this kind of recognition to Sri. UMAPATHI IPS for his great work. HELP is proud to be part of this work given its efforts to get 19 trafficers and customers convicted for 5 to 7 years of rigorous imprisonment for each of them in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. HELP Could achieve this with the continued support and encouragement of Sri. Umapathi and UNODC.

HELP appreciates and congratulates Sri. Umapathi onceagain. at the same time HELP thanks Talley Sergent, Public Affairs Officer in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, for recognising the great achievement of Sri. Umapathi.

HELP apreciates Talley sergent for bringing into focus through this blog about such great efforts as it would inspire many police officers and CSOs to take forward Umapathi's work to ensure the convection of traffickers.

N S.
June 14, 2010

N.S. in India writes:

Dear Sir,

As police hope less fellows are posted in Gopalpuram PS Secundarabad who are very busy for bribes and other illegal sources of income in all possible ways by using the spot of Wokf Board free accommodation [Allah Rakha Sarai just opposite to Secundarabad Railway Station]

Working women and girls are experiencing just nothing but hell at the Reti File Bus Stop areas, because of women traffickers, anti social elements and eve teasing groups. Above said police are totally useless at least to pay a look against the crimes towards ladies at these spots.

At complaints one or two days police are coming to these areas, afterwards no one concentrate. All the suffering public particularly ladies decided to meet the commissioner of police Hyderabad for appropriate action in the interest of public justice.



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