In 1982 SLARTC was created as a non-profit
organization with the basic objective of providing legal aid
and assistance to socio-economically disadvantage people in
Since its inception SLARTC has been one of
India's strongest and most vocal advocates for human rights.
Based in Kolkata, India, SLARTC is active in the Eastern and
North Eastern parts of India in addition to Bangladesh,
Nepal and Pakistan.
From providing legal aid to the poor, to
advancing awareness building programs in the areas of
women's rights and the prevention of child labor and sexual
exploitations, to HIV/AIDS care and protection issues,
SLARTC has become a preeminent force in the area of human
rights in South Asia.
Particular attention is given to the areas
of child labor, prostitution and trafficking, which captures
staggering numbers of children. India reportedly has the
world's largest concentration of child prostitutes,
accounting for one in every four of the global number.
SLARTC has responded by being an instrumental catalyst for
legal change, awareness and representation of victims.
SLARTC takes up cases in the courts of law
on different human rights violations and makes
representation to appropriate authorities for redress of
grievances. SLARTC is supported by volunteers of nearly 200
lawyers from various legal areas that willingly offer their
services on a pro bono basis. Legal services are
provided free of cost for those who need it.
In light of the challenges facing not only
India, but the global community, SLARTC focuses extensively
in the area of socio-legal education. SLARTC has organized
Socio-Legal Training Courses for grassroots level social
workers, and also Women's Development Courses for women
social workers associated with voluntary organizations.
organizes educational programs with human rights lawyers,
and INGO's like UNICEF, UNHCR, ILO, SCF
and government officials. SLARTC's educational programs are
regularly attended by leading practitioners from many
countries throughout Asia.
an impressive research and documentation data base on
socio-legal issues that is used extensively by its
practicing lawyers and staff. SLARTC also publishes a
variety of reports, research and case studies (most recently
The Report of Child Labour in West Bengal/ Spring, 2003),
that are regularly quoted and used as references by both the
media and the judicial courts.
is committed in its quest to provide policy makers, the
media, and the general public with the most accurate and
timely figures. As the issues of child labour, sexual
slavery and exploitation threatens more and more women and
children, SLARTC has established itself at the forefront of
the fight for social justice within India and its
Employing a staff of
visionaries, and supported by scores of committed
volunteers, SLARTC will continue to provide legal
representation for exploited victims.
will also continue to fight for stronger legislation to
protect the human rights of women and children, and to be an
ongoing educational resource for grassroots leaders, public
policy decision makers and administrators.