School for Justice
To empower girls and help them become Change Agents who fight impunity and change the system from within, we educate girls in our School for Justice.
School for Justice is an award-winning program for survivors of sexual exploitation who have the chance to become change agents. They want to end the sexual exploitation of children by becoming empowered and playing an active role in the fight. The School for Justice facilitates this path by building their confidence and knowledge.
The students become human rights professionals such as lawyers, paralegals, public prosecutors, journalists, counsellors and policewomen, so they can change the system from within. This program has received international recognition and was mentioned in a UN report ‘as an innovative model of social inclusion’.
School for Justice countries
Free a Girl runs its School for Justice programs in India, Nepal and Brazil.
Quotes SFJ students
‘I want to become the best lawyer.’ Renuka, a student at the School for Justice Nepal, says: ‘Free a Girl helped me and I was able to go back to school. I am also staying at the School for Justice Shelter. I heard about the School for Justice and now want to continue my education without any suffering. I want to assist survivors of human trafficking. I will educate the general public about sexual exploitation and human trafficking, and the legal consequences for criminals. I want to become the best lawyer there is.’
‘I want to make the world a better place’ – Gloria, Student at the School for Justice Brazil: ‘The School for Justice Brazil is a great opportunity and it will be really important for my personal development. Thanks to Free a Girl, I’ve already started several courses. Now I want to help make this world a better place. Becoming a lawyer or social worker will be the way to do this.’
‘I want to study law so I can become a lawyer to help speak out for girls like me’- Misa, School for Justice India: ‘It was hard for girls like me to dream. I had no dream when I left school. But now I’ve got the chance to dream again, thanks to the School for Justice India.’
Free a Girl is keen to give the survivors a new start, so they can get on with their lives. This ranges from providing healthcare to returning to education, helping with housing, starting a company, and providing restorative justice. The fund kickstarts their future and restores their dignity. The girls shouldn’t have to wait for legal redress or compensation to continue with their lives. We want to change survivors’ lives by making their dreams come true. This ‘dream fund’ will be piloted in the USA and, if successful, rolled out to other countries.