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Dear friends,

It has been a rather interesting month at Justice Centre; perhaps our most exciting event was our sold-out talk with Yeonmi Park, North Korean defector and human rights activist. Read more about this and our other activities below.

March was also a special month for us, marking the one year anniversary of the publication of our ground-breaking report, ‘Coming Clean: the prevalence of forced labour and human trafficking for the purpose of forced labour amongst migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong’.

This was the first comprehensive study of its kind to provide evidence of the extent of the problem in Hong Kong, revealing that 17% of migrant domestic workers (1 in 6) displayed signs of forced labour; 66% showed strong signs of exploitation.

Since then, we have been proud to see ‘Coming Clean’ prove to be a key piece of research, spread widely by local and international media and informing advocacy efforts both at the domestic and international level. The results and methodology were shared with the local NGO and diplomatic communities and continue to be used by many organisations to support their work and advocacy. Key findings were even cited in the US State Department’s 2016 Trafficking in Person’s report.

We are grateful to the funders of the research - Macquarie Group Foundation, 24 Hour Race and a private donor - and also to you, our supporters, who spread the word far and wide, raising awareness in your own networks. We value your ongoing support as we continue to advocate for fairer policies addressing human trafficking and forced labour in Hong Kong.

Warmly,

Piya Muqit
Executive Director




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MARCH HIGHLIGHTS

A Conversation with Yeonmi Park

We were honoured to host a talk by North Korean defector, human rights activist and author of In Order to Live, Yeonmi Park. Not surprisingly, we had a full house, with over 200 attendees! Yeonmi shared her inspiring story with us, followed by an engaging panel discussion with Azan Marwah (Barrister at Gilt Chambers), and our own Psychosocial Programme Manager, Chloe Martin. The panel was expertly moderated by Divya Gopalan, News Anchor at Al Jazeera Network.

This was the second event in our Comparative Refugee Talk Series 2017 and was organized in partnership with Hong Kong Students for Liberty and our pro bono partner Clifford Chance.
At the Child Protection Conference

Our Executive Director Piya Muqit was a featured speaker at the Child Protection Conference by Mother’s Choice on March 10. Piya’s session focused on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The right of children to participate in the decisions made about them and focusing on a rights-based approach in child protection were just some of the many important topics discussed. We were happy to see so many stakeholders come together.

Legal Trainings

We had a great turnout at our legal trainings this month where attendees participated enthusiastically in discussions and activities. Part I focused on international human rights and refugee law while Part II immersed the participants in an engaging simulation, giving them first hand experience in representing protection claimants in the Unified Screening Mechanism. Many thanks to our pro bono partners, Linklaters, for hosting the two-day training.
Inspiring Future Advocates

Our team had the opportunity to meet with future human rights advocates from The University of Chicago Law School. We discussed our work in protecting forced migrants’ rights while our host, pro bono partner Kirkland & Ellis, talked to the students about their pro bono initiatives.
'Five ways Hong Kong can fill the moral void in the asylum process amid Trump’s new travel ban'

Matthew Bersani and Cáítrín McKiernan, pro bono lawyers with one of our partner firms Shearman and Sterling, penned this very timely op-ed for the South China Morning Post, exploring how Hong Kong can stand up for refugees in our city.
'Foreign Domestic Worker Abuse Is Rampant in Hong Kong'

Vice Magazine chronicled the cycle of violence and debt that many migrant domestic workers find themselves in in Hong Kong. The article quotes Jade Anderson, co-author of our report ‘Coming Clean’, which exposed exploitation amongst migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong.
Support our Work

World Refugee Day (June 20)  is not far away. Why not set up a fundraiser of your own? You could run a sponsored race, organize an event or even ask for birthday donations. Get in touch if you would like to discuss an idea. Your gift will ensure that we can continue to provide legal information and support to the most vulnerable.
Join our NEW 'USM Legal Group'

If you are a lawyer representing protection claimants in the USM, and would like to join our new (free) USM Legal Group, please contact Isaac Shaffer at isaac@justicecentre.org.hk. This group mailing list is for participants to rapidly ask questions amongst like-minded lawyers, share best practice, update each other on legal and country developments, and provide mutual support, collaboration and guidance. 
We currently have paid consultancy opportunities for two exciting new projects. We are recruiting a Clinical Psychologist to provide counselling to refugee children as well as a Senior Policy Advisor to manage a new policy & advocacy project. Find out more.
Now, more than ever, we need your help. Please support our work today.
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