Manohar Waghela, Chief Operation Officer
Manohar has been a part of the prevention of human trafficking movement since 2005. Having worked extensively in this area for organisations like International Justice Mission, Oasis India and Justice & Care. Manohar started off as an investigator and then moved up the ladder to an intelligence officer and now manages and coordinates all rescue operations for Transforming Lives Foundation. Manohar has also been closely associated with Child Line in Lucknow and Kolkata.
He has so far investigated in over 350 cases of human trafficking, participated in 96 rescue operations having rescued 323 women and children.
Ranjeet Chouguley, Chairman
Ranjeet Chouguley is a Mumbai based Advocate who advises on human rights and humanitarian law. He consults and serves as a subject matter expert on issues related to Child sexual exploitation (CSE). He co- founded Justice & Care and SACMEP, he is currently the Chairman of TLF. In addition, he serves as a consulting counsel for contracting backed by development funds issued by multilateral funding agencies, his primary geographical focus for this is the Middle East and Africa.
Mr. Chouguley received his LLB. degree with academic distinction from the University of Nagpur Law School in 2005. Ranjeet received a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Crime and Justice wherein he specialized in comparative criminal law, humanitarian law, human rights law, transnational crimes and transitional justice from the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, Turin Italy. In addition to his interest in the field of law, Mr. Chouguley also holds a Masters in Economics.
Today, Mr. Chouguley serves on the Advisory Board of Several Organizations. He has been a part of Transforming Lives Foundation from its inception; he primarily renders advice to the board on statutory and regulatory issues.
Awantika Wankhede, Director – Finance
Awantika serves as both general and special counsel to non-profits, advising them on corporate, tax and transactional matters, such as: regulation of private foundations, supporting organizations and donor-advised funds; Corporate philanthropy and social enterprise Scholarships; Public policy development, advocacy, lobbying and political campaign activity; Regulation of trade associations; Strategic alliances, joint ventures, taxable subsidiaries and non-profit/for-profit combinations
Awantika is a practicing member of the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa. She Practices in the High Court of Judicature at Bombay. In addition to her community and civic involvement, Awantika is invested in family, raising her son.
At Transforming Lives Foundation, Awantika is responsible for the finance portfolio and she is in charge of liaising with internal auditors.
Social Workers & Case Workers
Our Social Workers & Case Workers are those who truly have a desire and passion for these girls. They tirelessly work to serve these girls and take care of their basic needs and counselling needs. They develop a relationship of trust with these girls helping them to heal and recover from their trauma speedily.
Search & Rescue
We have a dedicated team of liaison officers and field agents whose only aim is to help bring victims of human trafficking out of their dark hole and helpless situation. They are the ones who day in and day out, search out minor victims of trafficking, often risking their own lives.
They also develop a relationship of trust with the local police personnel in order to facilitate prompt rescues of such cases.
Communications & Documentation
Our Communications & Documentation team is equally important as it is vital to maintain clear and timely communication with all our funders and stakeholders and also vital to maintain all written records of each and every case undertaken by the organization.
All the rescues conducted by the organization are registered legal cases as per the law of the land. An FIR is filed with the police at the time of the rescue and thereafter, these cases are produced at the various judicial courts in our areas of work. Having a legal representative present at the courts only helps the organization to fight for justice for these victims of human trafficking.