Billionaire NGO Invests In Human Misery - The New Indian Express

Billionaire NGO Invests In Human Misery

Published: 22nd Dec 2013 07:51:12 AM

US-based non-profit organisation Safe Horizon, which claims to have rescued Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade’s maid Sangeeta Richard from the clutches of misery and harassment, is known for its deep pocket, the fat pay checks of its senior executives and its zeal for scouting for “victims” who can be the faces on its posters during fund raisers.

The NGO is representing Sangeeta, who, it claims contacted Safe Horizon after fleeing Devyani’s residence.

Safe Horizon’s financial statement for the year 2012 reveals that the NGO invested over $10,500,000 (Over `65 Crore) in bonds, mutual funds and shares. The NGO which claims to work in areas like domestic violence, criminal justice and human trafficking is funded by big corporates like AGT International, AVON, US government agencies, Philips Van Heusen Corporation and Capital One Bank.

Its expenditures are more intriguing including an average $161,000 or `1 Crore on lobbying every year. It pays its high flying CEO more than $339,000 or `2 crore per annum. A US based group Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE) claimed money paid by Safe Horizon is more than what a member of the US House of Representative receives as annual salary.

“The federal government spends $1 billion a year for programmes to curb domestic violence. But these programmes lack accountability and transparency, giving rise to bloated salaries, mismanagement and outright theft,” SAVE claimed.

A political commentator Carry Roberts who exposed several frauds masterminded by US NGOs wrote in ‘Renewamerica’ that “victims of battering are in short supply these days. So when no victim is known to exist, the solution is obvious: fabricate one.”

“Like other abuse shelters, Safe Horizon makes a grand show of being perpetually hard-up for cash.....But how many would-be donors know Safe Horizon resembles Citicorp or Bank of America, far more than a grass-roots organisation dedicated to providing succour to persons down on their luck?” Roberts wrote, adding that Safe Horizon rakes in nearly $56 million every year and pays skyscraper salaries that would put many bail-out bank executives to shame.

US state attorney Preet Bharara was peeved that Indians were not talking about hapless and real victim Sangeeta, who is now at the mercy of the US Department of Justice and Safe Horizon. Perhaps Bharara is not aware of the conflict of interest between Safe Horizon and the US Justice department. In its financial statement, the NGO claimed it received money to the tune of $ 952,000 from the Justice Department which will announce the judgement on the plea of the NGO it funded.

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The whole "domestic violence" industry, is a sham, wealthy donors give money to safe horizon, in the tens of thousands if not more in us dollars. Of course abusing servants is a bad thing but we have a person of free will who was given non-financial subsidies such as room and board which can be expensive in new york. Where is the outrage about tipped workers and disabled employees of goodwill who are paid less than minimum wage, and the diplomat's salary was not enough to pay her what she stated on the form, further the servant may have connections, she isn't some rural person being forced in prostitution and being helpless. Preet bahara has gotten controversy over steve cohen because he wants to benefit his political status in a way as people charge. Safe Horizon falls into that category its been know for years, just like at the donors list and the amount given. While there may be a lot of employees with good intention about abuse, when money and politics get involved who knows.

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