The Co-Founder and Director of Prerana, Mrs. Priti Patkar, fondly referred to as Priti Tai, has completely dedicated 29 years of her life to protection and rescue of children and women victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. A Gold Medalist from The Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Priti Tai is accredited with several path breaking social interventions in the Kamathipura red light area where she first started work through Prerana in 1986. Today Prerana with over 40 full and part time staff, several visiting professionals, and innumerable volunteers, has a wide spectrum of social intervention measures to address the larger issue of CSE&T comprehensively. Priti Tai has 7 books and several research reports to her credit published/released by The National Commission for Women, UNICEF, UNDP, USAID/FHI and others sponsored by Groupe Development (France), Concern India Foundation, USAID, etc. She is currently on a Panel set up by Supreme Court of India to suggest rehabilitation measures for Prostitutes and Prevention of Human Trafficking. UNIFEM, UNICEF, UNDP, USAID, FHI- USA, Departments of U. S. Govt., ASSKAM – Switzerland, Groupe Development -France, Stitching Geron- The Netherlands, American Jewish World Service -New York, Global Fund for Children -Washington, Association of Education & Development USA, all proudly quote Prerana as their partner.
On the domestic front Priti Tai has worked closely with Government of India, Government of Maharashtra, National Commission for Women and Maharashtra State Commission for Women. Priti Tai has received several awards for her extensive and significant efforts to restore the rights and dignity of children and women victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. To name a few – Young Achiever Award 2000 (Indo American Society), Late Kalpana Chawla Award 2003, Outstanding Woman of the Year Award 2003 (Rotary Club of Bombay), International Excellence Award 2005 (Lions Club), Stars Foundation (UK) Award for Child Protection 2009, Laxmipat Singhania Award under ‘Young Leader’ for Community Service and Social Upliftment 2009, Ahilyabai Holkar Award 2010 (Government of Maharahstra), Hirakani Puraskar 2013 (Doordarshan – Sahyadri) and an award from the Government of Maharashtra where she was felicitated by the Chief Minister – Shri Prithviraj Chawan in March 2013, Global Leader Award for work done in Human Rights from Vital Voices, USA, June 2014.