Fresh Start Matching Challenge -                The Children’s Education Fund

All donations to the Children’s Education Fund will be MATCHED this Spring Season! Donate Todayimage

The Solution: Community Transformation



DFN began in 2002 in response to the plea of Dalit leaders: "Educate our children!" Today a freedom movement is advancing all over India through Dalit Education Centers, where Dalit children learn English and are taught the values of freedom, equality and human dignity. Learn more.



In debt to landlords, moneylenders, grocers, and more, most Dalits work hand-to-mouth, ground down in horrific poverty. This economic disempowerment forces many into bonded labor and prostitution. Our Vocational Training, Self-Help Groups, and Fair-Rate Loans enable Dalit adults to learn marketable skills and support their families. Learn more.



Most Dalits cannot afford healthcare. Simple fractures go untreated and result in crippling malformations. More than 40% of India's youngest children are malnourished. Dalits also suffer from diseases unseen in developed nations, like polio and leprosy. DFN's comprehensive community-based healthcare program meets immediate needs and is paving the way for sustainability. Learn more.



DFN is the leading voice of justice for the Dalits in our nation's capital. Focusing on the big-picture of ending the trafficking of Dalits, our education campaigns, legislative work, and continuous advocacy promote justice for the Dalits. Our work with Dalit children and women in India builds hope and empowerment. Learn more.

Dalits in the Media


Poor education holding back India: World Bank

July 3, 2014

The poor quality of education, reflected in low learning levels, in India and other South Asian countries traps many young people in poverty and prevents faster economic growth and shared prosperity, the World Bank (WB) said on Monday.

Read Full Entry

Indian Toilet-Cleaners Break Free From Centuries-Old Caste

June 25, 2014

In a small city in India’s north, a community of illiterate women have broken free from the profession they were born into. Now, they’re learning to read and write, speak English, and provide for their children’s education.

Read Full Entry

India’s courts ‘condone’ Dalit atrocities

June 11, 2014

Caste-blind judiciary fails Dalit victims as number of sex attacks are reported against former untouchables.

Read Full Entry

Why India’s sanitation crisis kills women

May 30, 2014

The gruesome rape and hanging of two teenage girls in the populous Uttar Pradesh state again proves how women have become the biggest victims of India’s sanitation crisis.

Read Full Entry

India’s lowest ‘untouchable’ caste rejoices as ratcatcher sworn in as Bihar chief minister

May 20, 2014

For centuries the Musahar “untouchables” have caught and eaten rats to stave off hunger – now one of their fellow ratcatchers is the most powerful man in Bihar.

Read Full Entry

‘Atrocities against Dalits increasing’

May 6, 2014

Water conservation minister and Dalit leader Nitin Raut on Monday took his own government to task over the spurt in cases of Dalit atrocities. He said that such cases have been increasing in Maharashtra. He has asked chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to call a special Cabinet meeting to discuss the issue in detail.

Read Full Entry

Donate Today to Receive Your Clay Cup!


Donate $5 to Dalit Freedom Network to receive a Clay Cup. To order and learn more about the symbol of the clay cup Click Here

Declaration of Empathy

Click here to sign the petition.

Whereas, The Dalit people of South Asia are considered history’s longest standing oppressed population, subjected for millennia to discrimination, untouchability, bonded slavery, and social and economic segregation;

Whereas, This Declaration expresses our deepest concern and empathies for all Dalits everywhere who are subject to the scourge of human trafficking and modern day slavery;

Whereas, We the people of The United States of America are in a unique position to understand the suffering of slaves, the passion of abolitionists, and the path to freedom;

Whereas, The Quander Historical Society, Inc., which represents one of the oldest documented descendants of slaves in The United States, and Gye Nyame, Inc., a nonprofit that focuses on cultural and educational advancement, and Dalit Freedom Network, a nonprofit dedicated to freedom and equality for the Dalits in India, have called on The United States of America, and her people, to stand in solidarity with the Dalits;

Nowtherefore, We the undersigned parties, in a spirit of unity and solidarity, and in an effort to promote justice for all, respectfully assert that our nation should recognize modern day slavery in all its forms and should strongly oppose the continuing degradation, discrimination, oppression, and segregation of Dalits anywhere in the world.

Click here to Declare Your Empathy.

Social Media



Advanced Search


Stay informed about Dalit issues and current events.

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

Follow @DALITnetwork image