3.2.1Empower is a registered 501c3 that educates and empowers young female survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in India, while also raising awareness of the dangers of local trafficking in the United States.
Over a course of a 6 month program, 3.2.1Empower teaches young survivors an internationally recognized physical fitness certification course with the aim of contributing to their own personal physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. After helping these survivors gain employable skills well-suited for India's $1.7 billion health and wellness industry, 3.2.1Empower funds their training apprenticeships - during which they work with fellow residents, staff, and other local organizations - as well as facilitates their move into their transitional home and helps them find work in neighbouring gyms.
Over the past few years, 3.2.1Empower has completed a pilot project with Prerana, a Mumbai-based NGO. Prerana, which aims to end intergenerational prostitution, conducts essential work by providing a safe environment as well as educational and health-based support for survivors. Since the initiation of the partnership between 3.2.1Empower and Prerana, ten survivors have graduated from the 3.2.1Empower fitness program with a group aerobic certificate. In addition, a designated gym, supplied with strength training equipment, has been established in Prerana's Naunihal Girls' Shelter in Mumbai. A graduate of the program will also soon be undertaking employment at a local gym.
3.2.1Empower's primary focus is on providing employment opportunities and healing for the girls in India; however, the organization also works closely in Orange County, California with the Human Trafficking task force and with Vanguard University's Global Center for Women and Justice in order to raise awareness of local human trafficking issues and to offer similar fitness and employment education in local safe houses.