CSJ has a two-pronged strategy to achieve our vision:
CSJ supports individuals who have been sexually harmed so they can pursue justice that meets their needs. We provide legal and psychosocial support to survivors during criminal proceedings.
Legal support. CSJ provides victim lawyers, either directly or through pro bono networks, to assist public prosecutors in sexual harm cases. Lawyers oppose bail, prepare survivors to share their story in court and advocate for swift proceedings and rightful convictions.
Emotional support. CSJ social workers walk with children and their families through the criminal justice process. We provide support at police stations, hospitals, Child Welfare Committee and in the courts. We keep the child and family updated on their case, and inform and advise the court and Child Welfare Committee about the family’s situation so they make choices in the child’s best interest.
Connect with support services. CSJ social workers identify needs arising from abuse—safety, medical care, mental health, education and financial needs—and either meet those needs or connect clients with service providers who can meet their needs.
2. System Change
CSJ seeks ways to empower victims to come forward about sexual harm and collaborates with stakeholders to advocate for restorative justice solutions that repair harm in law and practice.
Research. CSJ applies its casework experience towards research that advocates for justice systems that repair harm arising from sexual abuse.
Direct services. CSJ establishes pilot projects within the justice system to demonstrate how restorative justice can work in the Indian context.
Advocacy. CSJ raises awareness about restorative justice and advocates for its incorporation into India’s justice system in law and practice.