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Mobile App Launched to Trace Missing Children

Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) in collaboration with Capgemini announced the launch of a mobile application ‘ReUnite’to report, search and identify missing and abandoned children on the streets. The app was launched by child rights activist and Noble Peace Laureate Mr. KailashSatyarthi and Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Mr Suresh Prabhu. ReUnite is a multi-user platform which can be used by both citizens and also by parents of missing children. Citizens can upload the image of any vulnerable child who is suspected to be missing.

Whereas, parents will be able to report about their missing child by uploading detailed information like name, last geo-location, address, contact information, etc., along with their images. Based on the technology of facial recognition, ReUnite uses advanced algorithm and analytics to process the image of a child and match it with the already existing database of missing children. The app will connect to government databases of missing children to find a probable match. It will also alert the user in case of a match, allowing him/her to see the whereabouts of the child.

India Action Week Against Child Labour

Bachpan Bachao Andolan(BBA) partnered with State governments, district administrations and local organisationsto rescue child labourers across the country during India Action Week Against Child Labour. It was organized to rescue the victims of child labourers on a large scale through simultaneous raids in different states.The major achievements of the event are:
• 20 states were followed-up for organizing Action Week
• 13 states notified, covering 226 districts
• 789 children were rescued
• Three training programmes on JJ Act, CLPRA and ITPA were organized in two states which was participated by 240 members of law enforcement agencies.

•11 awareness rallies held across three states.
• 31 FIR lodged
• 40 joint meeting of civil society organisations held at state and district levels
• IEC material distributed in district labour offices of 11 states .
• 3 States (Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) to continue the Action Week for two more months.

Nikki Haley Visits Mukti Ashram

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, visited Mukti Ashram, BBA’s short-term rehabilitation centre for rescued boys in New Delhi and met Nobel Peace Laureate MrKailashSatyarthi. She interacted with the children rescued from the situations of child labour and exploitation. The main highlights of the visit are:
• Issues related to children, human rights and security matters discussed.
• The Ambassador reiterated America's commitment to ending child trafficking.
• MrSatyarthi urged the Ambassador to form an international response mechanism under the aegis of the United Nations to address the issue.