Dalit Freedom Network

The Dalit Freedom Network partners with the Dalits in their quest for freedom, equality, justice, and human dignity by mobilizing human, intellectual, and financial resources.

DFN represents people who care. No one wants slavery to exist, except for the few who profit from it. There is strength in numbers: our Partners and Sponsors join with thousands of others around the world who are doing something to end Dalit trafficking.

Our heroes include William Wilberforce, who worked for the abolition of slavery and the reformation of society; William Carey, who worked for the abolition of Sati, the practice of burning widows on the funeral pyre of their husbands; Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and Mahatma Phule, who pioneered the movement for the abolition of caste and the Dalit quest for freedom and dignity; Mother Teresa, who showed God’s love in word and deed to the sick and dying; and Jesus, who calls us to be “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.”


The Dalits: India’s Untouchables

Dalits comprise a staggering 25% of the total 1.2 billion population of India. These 250 million people are the “outcastes” of Indian society – the “untouchables” – those called the “unborn,” as it would have been better for them had they never been born.

The Dalits are among the poorest of the world’s poor; they are stripped of their basic humanity, denied their civil rights, and entrenched in a hierarchalsystem that denies them equality and opportunity in their society.

Seventy percent of Dalits live below the poverty line.

Dalits Search For Freedom

On November 4, 2001, thousands of Dalits traveled to New Delhi from all over India to renounce the oppressive system under which they have been living. Even though the government tried to block the ceremony, these Dalits, representing others from all of India, declared they were leaving Hinduism for religions that allowed them freedom and gave them equality. Since then, Dalits have regularly been identifying themselves with other faiths.

The Dalits are crying out for holistic reformation: ending the discrimination against them will require entire villages being transformed from the inside out. While many movements have come and gone in India, none have significantly altered the social structure of Indian villages. None have truly freed the Dalit.

The Dalit Freedom Network Begins

The Dalit Freedom Network began in 2002 to respond to the cries of Dalits for help in their quest for freedom from caste slavery. DFN has wholly embraced the idea of village transformation. Our goal is to see 1,000 villages in India holistically transformed over the next decade.

The first step in village transformation is education. Since the majority of Dalits are illiterate and most are unable to attend school because of discrimination or financial problems, few Dalit children have a hope for a better life. Dalits need English-curriculum primary schools. The Dalit Freedom Network has committed itself to building Dalit Education Centers in Dalit villages so Dalit children have hope for the future.

To succeed with their education and to find this hope, Dalit children need to be physically and socially protected. First, Dalit children need basic medical care, which DFN is establishing through local village healthcare workers and regional healthcare centers. Next, Dalit parents need economic opportunities in order to provide for their family. DFN offer these opportunities through micro-loans, economic education, and Self-Help Groups. Last, Dalit need protection from physical persecution. The Dalit Freedom Network is the only organization wholly devoted to the protection of Dalit human rights. With a presence in Washington, DC, London, and throughout India, DFN and DFN’s partners are active advocates for the rights of Dalit men, women, and children across India.

A central office in Washington D.C acts as the hub to connect people and finances to the areas of need in India. DFN works primarily with Operation Mercy India Foundation to decide the best place to utilize these resources.

It has been years since a movement with this much potential for significant change has occurred. Please consider how you could be involved with this dynamic network.


A Symbol to Share with Your Family and Friends

In 70% of India’s villages, non-Dalits will not eat or drink with Dalits. It is this societal distinction, and the discrimination that accompanies it, that has led us to adopt the Clay Cup™ as our symbol.

Traditionally, when Dalits enter a tea shop and request a cup of tea, they are served in a clay cup rather than a glass or metal cup that others receive. After drinking their tea, they are expected to crush the cup on the ground so that no other person risks being polluted by their cup.

Today, clay cups are commonly used in many parts of India and still convey Dalit “untouchability.”


Clay Cups™ are used creatively by DFN supporters:
· Campus representatives use the cups at special events to serve coffee or chai.
· Churches use the cups at special communion services.
· Our Social Justice team has gifted each Congressional Office in Washington, D.C. with this special symbol.
· Couples have used the cup at wedding receptions for serving chai or as a wedding favor.

Note: If you would like to order a large volume of cups for use in your church, school, office, etc., please call us at 202-375-5000. Cups are $1 each, and come in boxes of 48, 60, and 64 cups, plus the cost of shipping and handling. You may order any number of cups.


About the Dalit People


What Others are Saying about the Dalit Freedom Network

The Dalit Freedom Network has a variety of proponents around the world. Here is what some of them have to say about DFN and its work among the Dalits.


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Dalit Freedom Network Board of Directors

Peter Dance
India Director-OM USA
Operation Mobilization
Tyrone, GA

Dr. Joseph D’souza
International President
Dalit Freedom Network
Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Ken Heulitt
Chief Financial Officer
Moody Bible Institute
Chicago, IL

Kumar Swamy
South India Regional Director
OM India
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Andrew Ward
Houston, TX

Cliff Young
Lead Singer
Caedmon’s Call
Houston, TX


Advisory Board

William Armstrong – Former US Senator from Colorado

Stuart Briscoe – Pastor Emeritus, Elmbrook Church, Wisconsin, USA

Luis Bush – Transform World Movement

Baroness Caroline Cox – Deputy Speaker, House of Lords, England

Dr. Mark Foreman – Calvary Chapel, San Diego, California, USA

John Gilman – International President, Dayspring International, USA

Professor Kancha Ilaiah – Osmania University, Hyderabad, India

Thomas McCallie – Maclellan Foundation, USA

George Miley – International President, Antioch Network, USA

Reverend Dr. G. Samuel – General Secretary Baptist Fellowship of India

Bob Schneider – The Chapel, Akron, Ohio, USA

Paul Willoughby – Crossroads Media, Canada


DFN Offers Solutions

DFN’s mission is to empower the Dalits in their quest for social freedom and human dignity by networking human, financial, and informational resources.

It has been years since a movement with this much potential for significant change has occurred. Please consider how you could be involved with this dynamic network.

DFN has four main areas of focus:

Economic Development
Social Justice


DFN Main Focus: Education

Change the future, one child at a time!

Testimonies from students, teachers and sponsors
Free a Dalit Child Now!
Frequently Asked Questions – Education

Ninety-nine percent of Dalit children, if they go to school, attend government schools, where, according to a 2006 UN Special Rapporteur’s Report on the Right to Education, “Dalit children face considerable hardships in schools, including discrimination, discouragement, exclusion, alienation, physical and psychological abuse, and even segregation, from both their teachers and fellow students.”

In 2000 Dalit leaders summoned Dr. Joseph D’souza, the International President of Dalit Freedom Network, to New Delhi and issued an impassioned plea: “FREE OUR CHILDREN!”

In response to their plea, Dalit Freedom Network was established, with an enduring commitment to raise awareness and raise resources for four transformational pillars of programming that working together are bringing freedom for the Dalits—-Education, Healthcare, Economic Development, and Social Justice. Education is the backbone of our Fourfold Community Transformation Model and functions as the hub of activity in any village where we have been invited to build a school. Presently, DFN and its India partners operate over 100 Dalit Education Centers (DECs) throughout India. These 100 + schools are the first of 1,000 Dalit Education Centers promised.

Our English-medium Dalit Education Centers provide the primary and in some cases also the secondary educational needs for an average of 500 children per Center. The instruction provided in our DECs adheres to top academic standards for India and is based on values promoting socio-economic equality. Each DEC has a highly trained team of competent Indian national teachers with educational experience, as well as experience in holistic, transformational activities.

The schooling is subsidized, but fees are charged at nominal rates, thereby creating a sense of ownership and accountability in the lives of the students and their parents. Children receive financial assistance to attend a DEC through DFN’s Child Sponsorship Program, which provides books, uniforms, and a midday meal (where necessary) to enhance the learning experience. In addition, teachers’ salaries, facility fees, and administrative costs are also paid. If you would like to sponsor a child or designate funds toward the land purchase, construction, and outfitting of a DEC, please indicate your interest by email to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call us at 202-375-5000.


DFN Main Focus: Economic Development

Support human dignity, one family at a time!

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Success Stories of DFN-sponsored Self Help Groups
Frequently Asked Questions – Economic Development

A key way to empower the Dalit community is to help them gain employable/marketable skills with which they can break free from oppression and earn an income for their family.

The Dalits of India will need an investment of time, personal attention and finances to accomplish this type of empowerment as they seek their own personal liberation from caste oppression.

DFN believes economic development is one of the best ways to invest in Dalit lives to help them stand independently, support their family, provide education for their children, and find personal freedom.

This economic development strategy has two main efforts: micro loans to qualified individuals, and vocational training in marketable skills, both of which are monitored by a national board of directors for financial accountability.

The micro-enterprise (or micro loan) movement was initiated over 30 years ago to break the cycle of poverty and slavery. Today, worldwide, small self-help groups (15 to 30 members) of the poor are being trained in organizational skills and business best practices. Capital in the form of loans ranging from $40 to $200 is made available at reasonable interest rates. Locally trained loan officers train individuals in financial accounting principles and offer mutual support along with a spirit of community, trust and personal care. These self-help groups are open to both men and women—however, the majority of the groups right now are completely organized and run by the women of the Dalit community.

Statistically, many global organizations running micro-loan / self help groups show a 97% payback rate – better than the Western commercial sector. There is an immediate increase in family income of 25% – allowing families to feed their children better and pay basic school fees for the first time. One additional job is created for every two loans made – the two families feed themselves, and another family feels the impact of economic improvement. The cycle of change is powerful and persistent!

In addition to micro-loans, vocational training is provided for older teenagers and adults—men or women—who want to learn income-generating skills. These training classes include such trades as tailoring, driving, carpentry, cycle repair, ironing, and electrical work. Having the ability to earn their own money provides hope for many who are otherwise hopeless and without any other options. Skills are offered to Dalits and other oppressed/poverty stricken people of each community. In addition, the gaining of marketable skills allows greater chance of caste-integration in communities around the nation.

If you would like to contribute toward this program of Dalit self-sufficiency, thereby breaking the cycle of poverty and oppression, please email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


DFN Focus Area: Healthcare

Improve community healthcare, one individual at a time!

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Donate toward a DFN-sponsored Medical Clinic
Sponsor a Dalit Health Care Worker
Read about the DFN Health Care Initiative
Frequently Asked Questions – Medical Resourcing

Dalits are often unable to receive proper medical care due to insufficient finances, caste discrimination, or a lack of knowledge about proper health and hygiene. A natural complement to the Dalit Education Center initiative are DFN’s Medical Resourcing Trips and DFN’s Medical Clinic Project. To offer fully holistic help to the Dalit community, DFN seeks to diminish the great health inequities the Dalits face.

Because India’s Dalits have little access to medical care, their children receive no vaccinations, and preventable infectious diseases like Tuberculosis, Malaria and Hepatitis spread rapidly. DFN wants to provide Dalit communities with basic public health awareness, vaccinations, and simple medical interventions such as antibiotics which will change the standard of health for the Dalits in those communities forever.

DFN seeks funding to build and maintain a medical clinic for each of the 1,000 Dalit Education Centers nationwide, and to staff the clinics with trained community health workers. Medical care may include: medical checkups, vaccinations, free/subsidized medicines, major surgeries, and preventative health and hygiene awareness seminars. DFN partners with these clinics to conduct traveling medical camps equipped with visiting health professionals from the West, as well as to provide needed medical supplies and equipment.

In addition to these permanent on-site Medical Clinics, DFN also sponsors Healthcare and Cultural Exchange Trips to India at least twice every year. This is a working trip where teams travel to different Dalit villages and have the opportunity to treat thousands of patients. DFN is actively seeking participants—both medical staff and non-medical personnel—to join these trips. You’re sure to get more out of this experience than you give. We hope that you will catch the vision and join us as we seek to reach out to the Dalits.

If you are interested in participating in a medical camp, donating medical equipment, medical supplies, or funds to buy these things, please indicate your interest by email to Amy Stanford.


DFN Main Focus: Human Rights and Advocacy

Defend the defenseless, one injustice at a time!

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History of Dalit Oppression in India
Frequently Asked Questions – Social Justice

The United States-based Social Justice Department of Dalit Freedom Network (DFN) began its work in Washington, D.C. in 2003, with the goal to become a voice for the Dalits of India in our nation’s capital. The Social Justice Department of DFN is now the leading voice of justice in the United States for the Dalit people.

In October 2005 Dalit Freedom Networkgave testimony for the first time in a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee titled “India’s Unfinished Agenda: Equality and Justice for 200 Million Victims of the Caste System.”

In 2007, in the 110th Session of Congress, the Social Justice Department of DFN spearheaded efforts that resulted in the passing of House Concurrent Resolution 139. The Resolution expressed the sense of Congress that the United States should be committed to addressing the ongoing practice of untouchability with the Government of India.

In 2008, DFN’s Department of Social Justice reached higher levels of contact in non-Congressional government offices in the Executive Branch, deepened our overlap of concerns with these offices, and elevated our consultancy status with them.

In the 111th Session of Congress, DFN presented testimony on the human trafficking of Dalits in a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee: “Out of the Shadows—-The Global Fight against Human Trafficking.”

On November 8, 2010, President Barack Obama became the first U.S. President to recognize the Dalits and their hero, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the Architect of India’s Constitution, in his historic speech before India’s Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament, the direct result of efforts by DFN’s Department of Social Justice.


How does freeing a child help a child in India at high-risk for human trafficking?

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Strengthening DFN for Greater Impact in India

A cornerstone is a component of the foundation of a building that determines the standing of the entire structure. Similarly, The Cornerstone Fund will uphold the momentum that DFN has experienced since its founding in 2002. These necessary funds will support the infrastructure that keeps the DFN office operating efficiently so that we can increase our impact in India. Gifts to The Cornerstone Fund will also be used for capacity building, development initiatives, and organizational expansion. The metaphor of the cornerstone reminds us that the fortitude of The Cornerstone Fund is proportional to the overall fiscal and giving ability of the organization.


Freedom through Transformation

The India Freedom Fund is a group of funds consisting of five options for designating gifts more specifically to our Community Transformation programs in India. The India Freedom Fund is the foundation from which our programs in India launch, expand, and are sustained.

The Education Fund
Gifts to this fund are directly applied to Dalit Education Centers and associated education needs in India, such as building and expansion costs and academic tools.

The Economic Development Fund
Gifts to this fund support economic development programs in India, including micro-loans, Self-Help Groups, and Vocational Training Centers.

The Healthcare Fund
All gifts designated to The Healthcare Fund support our comprehensive healthcare programs in India, which include Community Health Workers, who monitor nutrition and growth in children at Dalit Education Centers and provide preventative care, such as immunizations, at the village level; clinics and hospitals for Dalits; feeding programs for Dalit children in our schools; and innovative HIV/AIDS programs.

The Women’s Empowerment Fund
Gifts designated to this fund are applied toward special programs, such as The Lydia Project, which trains Dalit women in professional tailoring and the manufacture of accessories and home goods; Self Help Groups, which allow Dalit women the opportunity to establish their own businesses and enter onto the pathway of economic and social empowerment; and Women’s Empowerment Conferences, that teach and equip women with an understanding of their rights and value as individuals.

The Ambedkar Urgent Need Fund
Gifts to this fund are reserved for an unforeseen, urgent need in India. This fund is named in honor of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, a Dalit hero. In the mid-twentieth century, Dr. Ambedkar launched a campaign for freedom of conscience for every person in India, including the Dalits. He was influential as the framer of the Indian Constitution, the document that declared India a democracy in 1947, and he included freedom for all people as a fundamental right. Dr. Ambedkar pioneered the modern Dalit movement by laying the foundation for the work that the Dalit Freedom Network and our Indian partners are accomplishing today. More than sixty years later, a global-scale effort to impact India by investing in Dalit children and giving them the tools to live free, dignified lives is changing the face of India.


Dr. Joseph D’souza Speaks about Dalit Issues on TV

Click here to go to YouTube and view the seven minute interview on the Canadian talk show “Full Circle.”


International President

Dr. Joseph D’souza leads multiple organizations both in India and internationally. He is the International President of the Dalit Freedom Network and is particularly concerned about human rights issues in India and other parts of Asia. He has spoken at both the United Kingdom and Hong Kong Human Rights Conferences. He has spoken at the Human Rights Commission meetings in Geneva and has had discussions with Mary Robinson, the previous United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR). In addition, he has been a delegate at meetings with members of Parliament in Switzerland, Germany, and the United Kingdom, and Congressional leaders in the United States. He has been interviewed and quoted on Dalit freedom issues in the Asian News Service, the BBC, National Public Radio, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. D’souza founded DFN USA in 2002. Today there are DFN offices in Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, Sweden, South Africa, and partner offices in nearly 25 nations. Dr. D’souza is also the President of the All India Christian Council, one of the largest interdenominational coalitions of Christians in India that deal with national and human rights issues**.

In 2005, Dr. D’souza published his first book, Dalit Freedom Now and Forever. It traces the history of the Dalit quest for emancipation and the response of the Indian church.

In 2007, Dr. D’souza published his second book, On the Side of the Angels, a seminal text for all persons interested in justice, human rights, and Kingdom mission.

Dr. D’souza lives in India and operates out of London and Washington, D.C.

His heroic, courageous cry to all the world: End Dalit Trafficking——Make Slavery History in India!

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Joseph’s Blog site: http://www.josephdsouza.com


DFN represents people who care.

No one wants slavery to exist, except for the few who profit from it. There is strength in numbers: our Partners and Sponsors join with thousands of others around the world who are doing something to end Dalit trafficking and make slavery history in India.

Our heroes include William Wilberforce, who worked for the abolition of slavery and the reformation of British society; William Carey, who worked for the abolition of Sati, the practice of burning widows on the funeral pyre of their husbands; Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and Mahatma Phule, who pioneered the movement for the abolition of caste and the Dalit quest for freedom and dignity; Mother Theresa, who showed God’s love in word and deed to the sick and dying; and Jesus, who calls us to be “the salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.”


Moses Parmar

With more than 25 years experience in holistic, transformational work, Moses Parmar is DFN’s North India Director. He oversees a staff of more than 1,000 Indian national workers serving among north India’s Dalit communities, bringing high quality English-medium education to Dalit children. Additionally, Moses and his team focus on empowerment for Dalit women, and indigenous expressions of freedom of conscience for Dalits. Moses also serves as the North India Public Relations officer of the All India Christian Council (AICC). Moses has traveled extensively internationally and spoken to groups ranging in size from of 50 to 50,000. He is an excellent storyteller as he relates what is happening in India and around the world in a manner in which all audiences can relate.

To contact Mr. Parmar, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 202-375-5000.


Kancha Ilaiah

Dr. Kancha Ilaiah is a professor and former head of the Department of Political Science at Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.

Dr. Ilaiah is the author of Why I am Not a Hindu: A Critique of Sudra Philosophy, Culture and Political Economy, published in 1996. He has also published God As Political Philosopher: Buddha’s Challenge to Brahminism, Democracy In India: A Hollow Shell (co-authored), The State and Repressive Culture, Manatatwam (Our Philosophy), and Buffalo Nationalism: A Critique Of Spiritual Fascism and Post-Hindu India.

In 1985, when starvation deaths occurred in a poverty-ridden district called Mahabubnagar, Andhra Pradesh, India, he established free feeding centers for the starving masses, started a massive campaign against caste atrocities in India, and campaigned against state repression of the Dalit-Bahujan people in India.

For the last 30 years, Dr. Ilaiah has campaigned against the practice of “untouchability” and illiteracy in India. He lives in Hyderabad.


Kumar Swamy

Kumar Swamy is the South India Director of Dalit Freedom Network. He is based in Bangalore, Karnataka, and oversees more than 1,000 India workers based in the South Region, working for the betterment of the Dalit community. His main duties include leading all the DFN South India programs, including the Dalit Education Centers, the Good Shepherd Urban slum ministries, as well as work among the Muslims of South India and the women’s work called the Arpana Women’s Network. Kumar is involved in the Dalit empowerment movement across India .

Kumar is also the Karnataka State Convener of the All India Christian Council, as well as the State President of the Communal Harmony Committee. He also serves with the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Dalit Freedom Network, USA.

Kumar holds a degree in Pyschology and has traveled extensively around the world to speak to audiences in universities, government bodies, churches, and professional organizations. In addition, he has been featured at summer music festivals, benefit concerts, and major missions conferences, especially in the United States.

Kumar is married to Jeeva who was born in Malaysia but grew up in India. At present, she is involved with DFN’s emerging work in anti-human trafficking among women and children. Kumar and Jeeva were married in December 1987. They have two children – son Abishek and daughter Arpana Ruth.
To contact Mr. Swamy, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 202-375-5000.


Partnership is a core value for DFN.

We believe that partnering with individuals and organizations around the world that share our commitment to justice and freedom for the Dalits accomplishes greater work, establishes accountability, strengthens our advocacy voice, and results in additional resources.

Our major partners are Operation Mercy India Foundation (OMIF; formerly Operation Mercy Charitable Corporation) and the All-India Confederation of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Organizations (SC-ST Conferedation). These long-standing partners in India make up an expansive network of national workers who provide the expertise and power to implement highly successful programs in Dalit communities. We also operate within a broad coalition of U.S. and international partners committed to Dalit freedom.


Mission Statement

The Dalit Freedom Network partners with the Dalits in their quest for freedom, justice, and human dignity by mobilizing human, intellectual, and financial resources that support our four on-the-ground Pillars of Programming in Education, Healthcare, Economic Development, and Social Justice.


Dr. Udit Raj

Dr. Udit Raj (Ram Raj) is President of the Confederation of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Organizations, and the Lord Buddha Club, which was founded in 1996 for furthering the cause of Buddhism, implementation of reservation, setting up of schools and vocational centers, promoting the cause of human rights, and ensuring economic development of the Dalits. He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in March 2014.
Udit was born on January 1, 1958, in the village of Ramnagar, Allahabad District, Uttar Pradesh, India. He holds an M.A. in Political Science and is an LL.B, Ph.D scholar.
Udit continues to fight against social injustice and contributes to the cause of the exploited’s struggle for effective implementation of reservation (affirmative action) for the Dalits of India. On November 4, 2001, he and thousands of Dalits across India left Hinduism in search of religious ideologies allowing freedom of conscience and promoting human dignity and social equality.
He continues his outspoken campaign today for Dalit freedom and is a friend of the Dalit Freedom Network.
Udit Raj is married and resides in Delhi, India.


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The CO

The CO is a sound that is new to Nashville, in a sense that it is not brimming from a whiskey glass of honky tonk banter. It is what Brace and Akers refer to as a new term…the “Nashville Sound”. Uncompromising on lyrical content, The CO is pushing to the forefront the idea that within Nashville is a fire burning up of a genre that is bigger than the city limits. “We see our music reaching out across state lines, in countries across the world…that’s why we say this music is on a global stage…because it’s about something that everyone feels, and we look to show that, and sing that with every ounce of us when we perform. We feel it every time we sit down with a melody haunting our thoughts”, says Akers.

The CO is: Collin Brace (Lead Vox) / Troy Akers (Keys & Vox) / Nate Fleming (Drums) / Will Harrison (Guitar) / Jordan Hester & Josh Fink (Bass). They are currently independent


Who We Are

The Dalit Freedom Network (DFN) is a human rights, non-government organization that partners with the Dalit people in India. We represent a vast network of justice-minded, modern-day abolitionists committed to bringing freedom to history’s longest standing oppressed people group. We believe that we can end Dalit injustices, such as human trafficking and child labor, and make slavery history in India. Our major partners are Operation Mercy India Foundation (OMIF) and the All-India Confederation of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Organizations (SC-ST Confederation).


AnnaSophia Robb


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AnnaSophia is an American film and television actress, as well as an occasional singer. She gained a loyal fan following after starring roles in the 2005 family films Because of Winn-Dixie and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She has also co-starred in Bridge to Terabithia (2007) and Race to Witch Mountain (2009). AnnaSophia is strong advocate for the Dalits and is involved locally with DFN. You should visit the “Changing the World” section of AnnaSophia’s website.



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Switchfoot, the Grammy nominated alternative rock band from California, first gained mainstream recognition after the inclusion of four of their songs in the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember. The band has been actively involved in a number of humanitarian causes and also started the online magazine lowercase people, which serves to bring attention to notable works created by artists, writers, and musicians, and to introduce social issues worldwide. Click here to visit the official Switchfoot website.


Julie Hufstetler

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Location: Uniontown, Ohio

As a singer, pianist, songwriter and worship leader, Julie has been making music most of her life. Julie’s songs have been published by LifeWay Christian Resources and Worship Today Music. Her recent trip to India was the catalyst for her newest album which you can pre-purchase at her website. She is also a Regional Representative of Dalit Freedom Network and ten percent of all sales from her new CD go to DFN. So when you pre-purchase, you are helping to free the Dalit people of India. Click here to visit Julie’s website.


Caedmon’s Call

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A contemporary Christian band and pioneer of white blues music, which fuses traditional folk with world music and alternative rock, Caedmon’s Call has always had a heart for forgotten corners of the world like India. Throughout their incredible twelve-year history, they’ve focused much of their ministry toward global causes. Their 2004 album Share the Well features an Indian-fusion style, a Dalit drummer, and commentary by DFN’s International President, Joseph D’souza. Learn more on the Caedmon’s Call website.


DFN Healthcare

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Frequently Asked Questions – Healthcare

Healthcare is a basic human right that is generally denied to the Dalits. Dalit Freedom Network and its India partners provide a Four-Tier Healthcare Delivery System to Dalit families throughout India.

Tier I is the Community Health Workers (CHW) Initiative. Presently, there are 60 CHWs trained, placed, and operating out of our Dalit Education Centers. Dr. Paul Farmer, a medical doctor and professor of medical anthropology at Harvard University was asked in 2007, “Which single intervention would do the most to improve the health of those living on less than $1 a day?” Dr. Farmer’s reply: “Hire community health workers to serve them.”

Tier II is the Regional Clinic Program. The regional clinics provide quality preventive, curative, and diagnostic healthcare to Dalit communities. We encourage local community participation, both medical and non medical, in the planning and operating of our regional clinics.

Tier III is the Mobile Clinic Program. The Mobile Clinics aim to provide healthcare services and programs to under-served communities in both rural and urban settings: health education and awareness programs, diagnosis and treatment, referral services, and data collection, etc.

Tier IV consists of a Nurses Training College and a Dalit Hospital Project in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. At its final stage of completion the hospital will provide the following facilities: cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, gastroenterology, neurology, neurosurgery, nephrology, urology, accident, trauma, and emergency care, lab services, as well as the Nurses Training College and the Community Health College.


Shine Botanicals

Shine Botanicals offers medically effective, cosmetically appealing products that are freshly created to deliver natural solutions for your skin. Their chemical-free and paraben-free formulas harness nature’s power in its purest form. Giving back to the community is part of the mission of Shine Botanicals. Shine Global is their initiative to make a difference in the lives of children and women at risk. Shine Botanicals is partnering with Dalit Freedom Network and will donate 1% of their annual sales to DFN. Check out their products here.


Dr. Udit Raj

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