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 March 2016 Newsletter

Dear friends,

On March 15, Justice Centre very proudly published our 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 groundbreaking report - the result of a year-long research project - provides clear evidence that exploitation is all too widespread, and demonstrates that there are inadequate laws and policies in place to provide proper protection against human trafficking and forced labour in Hong Kong. 

The report generated considerable media interest and public concern. 
We hope that the Hong Kong Government will consider our recommendations, and that "Coming Clean" can move the debate forward and reinforce the accumulating calls for reforms.

Warm regards,

Piya Muqit

Executive Director

Quick links

Highlights in March

Justice Centre in the News

What You Can Do

Job Vacancies


New legal outreach service

Refugee speakers at IN.VISIBLE

Our Protection Claimant Services team launched our new legal outreach service to support other NGOs who work with protection claimants in non-legal capacities. Our first two sessions were held at Christian Action Centre for Refugees, where our staff provided legal information and support to a dozen protection claimants.

On March 12 some of our staff and ambassadors attended Hong Kong Unison's IN.VISIBLE event, to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Three refugee alumni of our Voices for Protection Programme participated as human 'books' in the IN.VISIBLE 'Human Library'  to raise awareness of the experiences of refugees, who are also ethnic minorities in Hong Kong.

Voices for Protection WOMEN Graduation

"Coming Clean" Launch Event

In March, 16 refugee women graduated from the fourth intake of our Voices for Protection advocacy and human rights training programme thanks to funding from HER Fund. These refugee women are now equipped with the knowledge, skills and tools to claim their rights and engage in advocacy‬ with Justice Centre and beyond. On International Women's Day 2016, we also hosted a women´s Leadership Programme for 18 refugee women, in cooperation with the leadership development consultancy Bridge.

To mark the launch of "Coming Clean", Latham & Watkins, one of our pro bono partners, hosted a media briefing and panel discussion on the importance of the findings and how they can be used to advocate for legislation to better protect migrant domestic workers´ rights. See more pictures from the event here.

International Women´s Day 2016 at Macquarie

Our first event with Yum Cha Together

On the occasion of International Women's Day 2016, our Executive Director, Piya, was part of a panel at a breakfast event organised by Macquarie, discussing the topic "How leaders use their skills and networks to drive change". Piya was joined on the panel by Su-Mei Thompson, CEO of The Women's Foundation and Kristen Tiner, Head of Risk at Thomson Reuters.

On March 12, we hosted our first event in collaboration with Yum Cha Together - bringing together refugee advocates and students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong to learn more about refugee rights and Chinese culture over traditional yum cha!

Opinion piece in The Diplomat

Justice Centre in The Guardian

Our Board Chair, Farzana Aslam, published an opinion piece in The Diplomat, questioning whether recent events in ‪Hong Kong‬, including the lack of laws that prohibit ‪forced labour‬, spell the end of Hong Kong´s days as a global centre.

Numerous international news outlets reported on the findings of our report "Coming Clean", including The Guardian, whose piece by Angharad Hampshire has been shared on social media nearly 2000 times.


Invite us to speak!

From a cupcake sale at school to competing in a race, we are grateful for any effort to raise awareness of and funds for our work. Every dollar donated goes directly to provide life-changing legal and psychosocial support to refugees and to support our advocacy work on forced migration issues. 
Contact us to request resources and support to organise your fundraiser. 

Request a Justice Centre speaker to come to your school or workplace for an engaging discussion! Hear first-hand from a refugee speaker about their experiences seeking protection in Hong Kong or discover more about our human trafficking work.
Get in touch to arrange your talk today. 


We are currently recruiting for a Communications Consultant and a Fundraising and Development Manager. Please spread the word in your networks! 

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