As we draw towards the end of 2016, we reflect on the achievements and challenges we have overcome over the past year, and look forward to what lies ahead in 2017.
With your support, we were able to offer intense and individual assistance to 122 refugees for their protection claims in the USM (Unified Screening Mechanism - the system through which protection claims are processed). We are pleased that of the 20 who have received decisions so far, 14 have been successful! As a result, they are now awaiting resettlement to a third country - a process which can also take many years - where they will eventually be able to rebuild their lives in safety.
We continue to support those who have yet to receive an outcome on their protection claim. Without vital legal and psychosocial support from Justice Centre, refugees have a 0.6% chance of their protection claim being accepted. This is why our advocacy is so important in ensuring that refugees who have suffered persecution, torture and other human rights violations have access to justice.
A highlight of our advocacy work in the area of human trafficking and forced labour this year has been the launch of our report “Coming Clean” - providing evidence-based research as to the extent of human trafficking and forced labour amongst migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong. The findings from the report have been used in our subsequent advocacy work as well as by the wider civil society community to push for legislative and policy changes in Hong Kong.
There are a number of things you can do to support or get involved in our work which are highlighted in this month’s newsletter:
Join our unmissable Comedy Night with Vivek Mahbubani on the evening of December 6 - just a few tickets remaining!
Find out about our Young Advocates Programme
Spread the word about volunteer opportunities in our Protection Claimant Services team
Your support will enable us to continue to provide essential legal and psychosocial assistance to the most vulnerable people seeking protection and to advocate for the rights of forced migrants in Hong Kong.
In early 2017 we will be moving from our centre in Sai Ying Pun due to crippling rent hikes in the neighbourhood.This move will enable us to continue to deliver our services and work to a excellent standard and in an environment that is comfortable and welcoming for the people we work with. We will update you with our new contact details in the new year!
Have a wonderful start to the festive season - enjoy being with your loved ones in the freedom and safety we so often take for granted.
Piya and the Justice Centre team