Monica has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi, a master’s degree in Criminology from LNJN National Institute of Criminology & Forensic science (Ministry of Home Affairs) and concurrently completed P.G. Diploma in Guidance and Counseling from Jamia Millia Islamia. Catering to her interest in child psychology & juvenile delinquency she has worked with Manas Foundation, posted as a psychologist at a Delhi government run Children home for boys, working closely on individual cases & conducting workshops in-home/at schools on mental health & life skills with children of all ages. She has hands-on experience of working with Child Welfare Committee, assisting them in POCSO cases and in-home individual cases. During her UG and PG, she has undertaken internships in mental health set-ups, National Thermal Power Corporation, CISF, field visits at District Court (Rohini, Delhi), police stations in Delhi, Tihar Ashram, Prayas Observation home for boys and old age home. These diverse practical settings helped her gain insight in human behaviour and it’s psyche.
She is driven to counsel and raise awareness on the nuances of abuse which may come forth in deviant ways resulting into criminality.
Maitrayie has done masters in Social work from University of Delhi. She loves working with children. She has worked with community of Jagdamba Camp, Delhi as an intern with an NGO (Swechha) in the field of education and entrepreneurship. She was a trainee under the principal counselor in family courts in Karkardooma District Court. She has also interned with Rasta NGO working for education of children of construction Labour in NOIDA- UP. Her paper ‘Why did I leave school?’ Explored the reasons for teenage girls dropping out of schools in urban slums of Delhi. Her dissertation thesis in MSW ‘Private tuition and Cognitive growth’ studied the effect of private tuition in primary school students. She likes to sketch, read and write in her free time and has a soft spot for creative arts.
Content Collaborator (Volunteer)
Vanshika Mirza has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Delhi and a master’s degree in Psychosocial Clinical Studies from Ambedkar University Delhi. She has previously worked as a trainee in organizations like the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Bangalore), Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences (Delhi) and National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (Delhi), across the fields of Organizational Behavior and Clinical Psychology/Psychiatry which enabled her to work with a variety of people across various age-groups and socio-economic backgrounds. In her master’s dissertation titled ‘Fractures of Kashmiriyat: A study of the dislocated Kashmiri Pandit’, she attempts to reconcile with her identity as a Kashmiri Pandit as she produces a scholastic research paper. As the Content Coordinator, Vanshika aims to implement her fieldwork experience, bring more relevant and constructive content to the organization’s essence to help Project CACA grow in order to uproot child sexual abuse off of Indian ground, to begin with, and then the world.
Vaishali has done Masters in social work from Delhi school of Social Work. Since graduation her area of interest has been children and women. She has experience in working with slum children, school going children and in pediatric ward of AIIMS. Her best experience has been with the children of MCD School in Malviya Nagar where she explored different reasons for girls dropping out of school in. She worked with Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion society in the summer with workers of MGNREGA. She has presented a paper on medico-legal cases from AIIMS. She also has experience of working with children of shelter home like Don Bosco Ashalayam.
Resource Person and Content Development
Vinita Zutshi is the creator and writer of Carefree Parenting. She is a parent, writer, editor, online content creator and a storyteller. published author of children’s non-fiction, with children’s and adult fiction books. Vinita teaches Creative Writing and Structured Writing to students, teachers and executives. Vinita has even delivered a talk at a TEDx event using the TED conference format, independently organized by a local community.
Resource Person and Content Development
A law graduate form LL.M. – National Law University, Jodhpur with 17+ years of experience on Child Rights, Women’s Rights, Access to Justice, Legal Aid and Legal Empowerment. He has worked with NGO’s like Global Rights, Child Rights and You (CRY) and has actively worked on various aspects of Child Protection – child sexual abuse, child trafficking, child labour and child marriage. He has worked with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India for implementation of a Project on “Access to Justice” for Marginalized People in eight Indian states – Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Since March 2017, he is associated with UNICEF as a Consultant on Child Protection. He recently facilitated Swami Vivekananda State Police Academy, Barrack pore, West Bengal, in strengthening Child Protection training of police officials. Presently, he is aiding UNICEF in Uttar Pradesh in Strengthening Child Protection Systems.
Mrs. Hema V. – Clinical Psychologist
She is a RCI approved Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has been working in the area of mental health for the past 2 years. She completed her B.Sc in Psychology, M.Sc in Applied Psychology (Clinical Specialization) and did her M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology. Besides, she has done a course on Education of Children with Learning Disabilities, Sign Language and Hypnosis (level 1). She has attended and presented papers in various National and International Conferences. Beside this academic endeavour she has delivered lectures on psychological awareness and disturbances and conducted mental health programs for school and college students. Her areas of interest are Clinical and Educational settings, Counseling & Guidance, Therapeutic Interventions and Research. She is also specialized in the areas of Psychological assessments, Addictions, CBT, Child and Adolescent crisis, Dealing with all psychological disorders, etc. She is trained in Clinical Psychology, De-addiction clinic, Neuropsychology, Adult and child Psychiatry and Special education. She has her own private clinic and she also works as an independent consultant for various psychiatric, De-addiction and early interventions clinics.
Salini is a United Nations Women Fellow, certified in International Human Rights, and a Master Trainer on Social Entrepreneurship under British Council and IIM Kozhikode’s joint program. She works with non-profits, formal and educational institutions and development-based organisations against gender-based violence. With her training and qualification in child protection, she has been conducting workshops in schools, colleges, and community-based organisations with children and related stakeholders to build awareness on child sexual abuse and sexual violence for the last five years across cities in India and outside.
Mr. Freddy Pereira
He graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai (1996) and has PG Diplomas in Clinical Legal Education and Advocacy Skills and Business and NGO Management. He is certified in Training, Counselling, Public Speaking and more. He has a total of over 22 years of combined experience in Training and Management Development Programmes for leading organizations viz. Pratham Education Foundation, Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India, Unit Trust of India, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, etc. He has also worked at the KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research Mumbai, the ITM Business School – Navi Mumbai, the SIES College of Management Studies Navi Mumbai and the Xavier Institute of Management and Research – Mumbai where he taught subjects like Marketing Management, Organizational Behavior, Training and Development and Communication and Presentation Skills for over a decade. He also heads NGO – Excel Gurukul which works for Human Values Education and has been conducting Workshops for Teachers, Students and Parents in over 100 schools in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Vasai since October 2000. He has conducted Workshops for over 50,000 Students, 10,000 Teachers and 20,000 Parents till date.
Content Coordinator – Volunteer
Ashutosh is currently pursuing his LL.B from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi. He is an alumnus of Sainik School Tilaiya, Jharkhand. An avid reader and writer, he was the Spokesperson of Delhi University Students’ Union for the session 2017-2018. He was also the Managing Editor of the first ever issue of Delhi University Students’ Union’s Magazine, D.Youth. He is a volunteer for content coordination on legal mattters for the Project CACA.
Content Coordination – Volunteer
Anshu is pursuing her LLB at IFIM Law School, Bangalore. She is a Political Science (Hons) graduate from Loreto College, Kolkata, Since her school days, she has been a part of organizations working towards social good. Her participation in social service activities has made her sensitive towards the imperative issues that need immediate attention. Presently, she is a member of Legal Aid Cell and Centre for Excellence in Cyber Security and Law at IFIM Law School, Bangalore She is currently balancing her studies, the duties outside college and her contribution towards Project CACA. She believes in the axiom Project CACA is built on “Prevention is better than cure.”
M. Ghazi Shahnawaz
Honorary Consultant (Assessment)
Professor, Department of Psychology, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University), New Delhi-110025, since 2010. Major duties include teaching, conducting research and mentoring students as well as supervising the administrative work of the department. He has written over 40 papers, supervised about a dozen PhD students and has 25 years of teaching and research experience. Prof. Shahnawaz has also participated in numerous workshops and conferences across the country. He is an expert in quantitative research and adept in mass data analysis through software such as SPSS, AMOS and R.
Principal Investigator (Assessment) – Volunteer
She has a master’s degree in Applied psychology (specialization Clinical Psychology) from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. Both at UG and PG level, she undertook various internships in the fields of counselling, clinical psychology as well as psychiatry. She has interned at hospitals like Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital, VIMHANS and Fortis Escorts Hospital and NGOs Udayan care. She has been exercising her research, analytical and critical thinking skills by writing research papers and delivering presentations at various conferences. She has previously worked as a Research Assistant at IIT Hyderabad and currently working as a Junior Project Fellow at NCERT, Delhi. She is also working on refining her research papers: ‘Machiavellianism and well-being: Exploring some mediators’ and ‘Resilience and mental health among those who have undergone childhood trauma’, for publication. She has a thorough knowledge of statistics, SPSS and is familiar with the ABCs of research. Apart from academics, she actively participate in various extra-curricular activities, art being the predominant one. When I not working or sketching, one can find her writing blog articles, poems or playing music on her ukelele. She has volunteered for project CACA as a Principal Investigator for the assessment of CACA Safety workbooks.
Qualitative Researcher (Assessment) – Volunteer
Closely associated with the Himalayas, his artistic and musical sensibilities have translated in every sphere of his life. It’s been 8 years since Vineet Gairola was acquainted with the field of Psychology. With UGC NET-JRF qualification in psychology (99.78 percentile), he is a Junior Project Fellow at the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations of Education, NCERT, New Delhi. He has done master’s in Psychosocial Clinical Studies (A grade) and bachelor’s in Psychology (A minus) from Ambedkar University, Delhi where he received academic merit scholarship all through his graduation and post-graduation. With his interest in teaching and exploring contemporary trends in psychology, his research interests focus on cultural psychology, music psychology, correspondence between spirituality and psychopathology, psychotherapy, and analytical psychology. An extensive internship at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), Delhi taught him clinical thinking and being. His work in the field of psychology has appeared on The Hindu Edge, BrainFeed Higher Education Plus, and Internshala Blog. He has volunteered for Project CACA as a qualitative researcher for the assessment of CACA safety workbooks. Apart from academics, he has represented himself in various underground hip-hop dance events. He plays guitar, flute, keyboard and has worked as a freelance music producer. He is determined to chase the dreams rather than dreaming the chase.
Expert Resource Person (Assessment) – Volunteer
An academician by profession, Richa has done her graduation in Zoology from Miranda House, Delhi University and post-graduation later. She then went to pursue B.Ed from University of Delhi. Being a Biology teacher herself (TGT Science) she has the experience of dealing and teaching the IX-X graders. Apart from this she has been a part of various workshops concerning students and their behaviours. She also has the experience of teaching in government school during her teaching practice days. Also, she has observed classroom dynamics in different private schools, as a part of her education degree. She has been meticulous in presenting a paper- “Analysing school dynamics: A pre-service teacher’s perspective.” As part of the assessment team in Project CACA, Richa uses her expertise to assess and analyse various challenges faced by teachers while interacting with the children in classroom on the aspects of child abuse prevention, gender equality and child rights.
Svadha is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work from Delhi School of Social Work, she has completed her Bachelors in Political Science from University of Delhi. During her Graduation she got an Opportunity to Research On the topic ‘Suryanamaskar and its impact in different terrains’, she also presented a Paper On Suryanamaskar as a tool for Corporate Social Responsibility in Promoting Public Health.She has also interned with Pratham where her major work areas were Preparing Teaching modules for government school teachers and Conducting Workshops for children related to topics such as ‘Good Touch and Bad Touch’ and ‘Awareness about menstruation and Menstrual hygiene’ , particularly with girls. In her previous Concurrent Field work Curriculum she has worked with Visually Impaired Children on Integrated Education at National Association for the Blind, Delhi and currently her concurrent fieldwork assignment is project CACA where she is part of the assessment team.
Rafia has done her graduation in Urdu (Hons) from Delhi University and Masters in Early Childhood Development and Research from Jamia Millia Islamia (Delhi). She has previously worked as a Training Officer cum Counselor in Magic Bus India Foundation. Her firsthand experience on child rights comes from her internship during her masters with National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), Childline India Foundation (DELHI), Department of Women and Child Developmetnt (DELHI), Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and other non-government organisations. Her dissertation work was on “A study of Quality of Life of Children and their Parents with Chronic Diseases.”
Divya has done Bachelors in Commerce from South Campus, University of Delhi followed by Masters in Economics from Chandigarh, Punjab University. She has been awarded for commendable assistance as a Student Counselor and had been selected in Union Panel for welfare of students by University of Delhi in 2012-13 and 2013-14 . She has organised and anchored a skit in ‘Sixth Annual National Conference of Medical Fitness society’ held at India International Centre, New Delhi in 2012. She has also volunteered with UK-India Education and Research Initiatiave in the previous years and had been active in organising and anchoring multiple events in Delhi University during her graduation. She has also honoured Dr Dinesh Singh, Ex -Vice Chancellor of Delhi University in 2012.
Previously, she has also worked as an Associate Consultant in Microtek where she used to handle internal auditing for their imports department.
In Project CACA, Divya is actively involved in the advocacy of project in various schools across Delhi and NCR.
Admin Assistant – Intern
Chanchal has completed her 12th in Arts Field and is currently pursuing her graduation in B.A. from Delhi University. Apart from her studies, she has a field work experience with Delhi traffic police (Punjabi Bagh Training Center) later, she did a personality development and life skills course from NGO – Magic Bus India Foundation. The NGO provided her with a temporary job in BATA as a sales person. She also has an experience of working on architecture designing software as an intern with GIS Lidaar Software. At present she has been placed by the NGO, Magic Bus Foundation as an intern with Project CACA to assist in administrative work.