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 July 2016 Newsletter

Dear friends,

A few weeks ago we released our Annual Review 2015, which is available in print and online. In 2015 we assisted almost 1,200 refugees from 58 different countries and provided them with essential legal and psychosocial services. There are a further 10,000 refugees in Hong Kong who still urgently need specialised support; please donate to Justice Centre today.


At the end of June the US State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons report, downgrading Hong Kong to Tier 2 on account of its limited efforts to combat human trafficking in HKSAR. Hong Kong Free Press published our opinion piece on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (July 30). The opinion piece called for NGOs, Government and police to work together to combat human trafficking and Justice Centre is committed to take the lead on this.

Justice Centre and Free to Run are excited to start our next refugee women’s hiking programme as part of our rehabilitation work. The 16 week programme is generously supported by Little Alchemy and provides a great opportunity for refugee women to have a chance to enjoy the outdoors, stay active and build community - all factors which contribute towards improving their mental well-being.

Warmly,

Piya Muqit
Executive Director
 
 
 
 
 

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JULY HIGHLIGHTS

Our Executive Director Attended Meeting at the UN

Justice Centre Fellow at Oxford Summer School

Our Executive Director Piya attended the United Nations General Assembly Informal Multi-stakeholder Hearings in New York on July 18. The meeting is held ahead of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants in September 2016 and enables stakeholders to engage with UN Member States on this important topic. The meeting is now available in the United Nations WebTV archive.
‪Refugees‬ in ‪Hong Kong‬ deserve access to quality legal and psychosocial support. That’s why we value the ongoing training of our staff, to help them keep up to date with the latest developments in refugee issues. Justice Centre Fellow, Lynette, has just returned from the University of Oxford where she attended the International Summer School in Forced Migration, along with leading practitioners from around the world.

Clinical Legal Education Programme

Young Advocates Programme

In July we had 6 law students from the University of Hong Kong participate in our Clinical Legal Education programme. The programme provides students with a rare opportunity to gain practical legal experience, applying the knowledge and theories they have learned in the classroom. Clinic students work under the supervision of our legal staff as they assist refugees at our centre, learning how to carry out interviews, legal analyses and gather evidence relevant to refugees’ protection claims. 
Well done to Makia who has spent the past few weeks as a Young Advocate with us at Justice Centre. Our Young Advocates Programme is a unique opportunity for high school students to experience working in a non-profit organisation addressing human rights issues in Hong Kong. Young Advocates get involved in all areas of our work, from the provision of legal and psychosocial support to refugees, to research and advocacy. Details of the Summer 2017 programme will be available in December 2016. Please email Zamira for enquiries.

Capacity-building in the NGO community

Social Justice Alliance x The Good Lab

Our first ever “Understanding Trauma” training session for local NGOs was held at The Vine Church in conjunction with Health in Action. Our Psychosocial Programme Officer Chloe delivered the workshop, which saw frontline staff from different NGOs come together and exchange experiences and learn about best practice in working with traumatised service-users. We look forward to delivering more of these trainings in future! Interested in attending or organising a training session for your team? Contact Chloe.
Social Justice Alliance - a refugee-led advocacy group supported by Justice Centre -teamed up with The Good Lab for a fun event on June 23. Refugee advocates and friends of The Good Lab cooked and shared a meal together, getting to know each other in the process. We all had a great time -and a taste of many different cuisines too! Thank you to The Good Lab for the support.

Our Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, Jade, was interviewed by Time Out Hong Kong about the problem of human trafficking and forced labour in Hong Kong.

Our Coming Clean report released earlier this year was mentioned in Post Magazine.

 

Piya Muqit, our Executive Director will be moderating the panel on "The growing Refugee Crisis" at the upcoming PILnet Asia Forum in Bali, August 29-30. The forum is open to anyone in the legal community to share their experiences of public interest law and further develop pro bono practice in Asia. Register online to attend the forum.

Fundraise

Office Space 

Take up a challenge like our board member Trish to fundraise for Justice Centre. In October this year, Trish and her team will be trekking 70 km across Lantau, from Mui Wo to Tai O to raise funds for the most vulnerable refugees in Hong Kong. You can sponsor her on JustGiving or organise your fundraiser with support from Justice Centre. Let us know your plans!
 
 

 

Justice Centre is looking for office space where our small team can work and meet with the refugees we work with. Any offers of subsidised or free office space are welcome! Please get in touch if you have any leads. 

VACANCIES

We currently have vacancies for a volunteer Advocacy and Campaigns Intern in our Advocacy and Campaigns team, and a self-funded Fellowship position in our Protection Claimant Services team. Please spread the word in your networks!
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