Catalyst for Freedom and Justice
Pranitha’s passion for justice and defending human rights began in her childhood. Born to missionary doctors, she witnessed firsthand the many challenges of the poor and vulnerable. Moved by what she had seen, she pursued a career in social work – but immediately after receiving a Master’s degree, she survived two brain tumor surgeries that left her physically weak and frail with a feeble voice. The words of Isaiah 42 challenged her to overcome her weakness and work by faith. Her still-feeble voice has been the voice of the voiceless, over the past nineteen years. Her husband Timothy Vanderputt, daughter Diya and son David have shared this journey with her.
Pranitha served with organizations in the area of human rights, trauma, rescue and restoration. Prison Fellowship India, International Justice Mission, Justice & Hope and Compassion International to name a few.
She has worked on cases of illegal detention, lived with children and spouses of life-sentenced prisoners, enabling restoration and helping them overcome their trauma. She then worked with Churches in remote communities, to provide holistic care for children. And following that Pranitha with a team in IJM, pioneered over 60 rescue operations, freed over 4000 slaves and served as the witness/complainant in their legal cases. She launched a restoration program that successfully serves thousands of survivors of forced labor slavery, trafficking and sexual abuse.
Pranitha has been a featured speaker at the Lausanne Congress 2010 in Cape Town, the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit 2012, 2014 and Catalyst West 2013.