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Dear friends,

Happy New Year from the team at Justice Centre!

As we kick off 2017 with hopes for a brighter and happier year (and possibly with some personal resolutions too), the team at Justice Centre have been thinking of our own hopes for the new year. We are reminded of the 65.3 million people who remain forcibly displaced around the world, and for whom the new year may bring fear and uncertainty in an increasingly unpredictable world. They might be vulnerable or traumatized; they might face hostility in new countries, and in languages they don’t understand; they might even be children.

Now more than ever, this reminds us of the importance of our mission to enable our clients to access their rights in Hong Kong. Through legal and psychosocial support, policy, advocacy and research, we hope to continue raising the profile of human rights and forced migrants’ rights, in Hong Kong, regionally and internationally.

We could not do any of this without your ongoing support, and hope you stay with us on this journey through 2017 and beyond. Please consider making a donation to support our lifesaving work and also check out the various opportunities we have coming up which are highlighted below, including:

Lastly, a new year comes with new beginnings and we have an exciting update - as of February, we will be moving out of our centre in Sai Ying Pun and into The Good Lab, a dynamic co-working space in Cheung Sha Wan. Although we will miss the bustling Western district, we look forward to a fresh start in a collaborative and vibrant environment! We will continue to deliver our services to our clients in a safe, welcoming and confidential space. Should you have any queries regarding our move, please do feel free to reach out to us at info@justicecentre.org.hk or at 3109 7359.  

Warmly,

Isaac Shaffer
Protection Claimant Services Manager

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DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

Global Migration Film Festival 

On December 14, Justice Centre held a Global Migration Film Festival, in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration, Hong Kong. Over 50 representatives from the diplomatic community, business community, employment agencies and civil society attended the film festival, which aimed to highlight the working and recruitment experiences of migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong and across the region, with screenings of short films by IOM and Rights Exposure, and panel discussions

#SharedPasts at Freshfields 

We were honoured to have our pro bono partner, Freshfields, host our travelling #SharedPasts exhibition at their annual alumni event on December 8. Many thanks to Freshfields for having us at this wonderful evening!

#SharedPasts is a storytelling project, the result of a collaboration between Justice Centre Hong Kong and photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani. To bring the exhibition to your office, club or university, contact zamira@justicecentre.org.hk for further information.

Human Rights Day with Paddington!

We had a lot of fun celebrating Human Rights Day on December 10 with a family film screening of the movie Paddington for refugee families  and our partners! We had colouring, toys, games and a glimpse of our #SharedPasts exhibition. A big thanks to our pro bono partner Linklaters for supporting this event!
Why were we watching Paddington? Read about how this little bear's story can be similar to that of a refugee, as analysed by an immigration lawyer.
 
Human Rights Carnival 2016

On Human Rights Day, we were happy to be part of the 2016 Hong Kong Human Rights Carnival, themed 'Freedom from Fear'. No one chooses to be a refugee but we all have a choice about whether to stand up for the human rights of people in need of protection within our borders. This was the message we spread at our booth, supported by the stories from our #SharedPasts storytelling exhibition. Thank you to all who came along to visit our stall!
 

On December 9, in the lead up to Human Rights Day, we joined RTHK Radio3’s Backchat, where we busted myths about the "bogus claims" discussion in Hong Kong and called for the public to stand up for the human rights of refugees. Also present were Patricia Ho from Daly & Associates, Richard Tsoi from Society for Community Organization and LegCo member Fernando Chiu-hung Cheung.

Open Evening: Young Advocates Programme

Applications for our Young Advocates Programme 2017 are now open for high school students aged 14-18 years old. The programme is ideal for students who are interested in subjects like law, human rights, social policy or politics and are exploring future study options. 

Find out more at our open evening at 7pm on Wednesday January 17 where interested applicants and parents can learn more details about the programme and meet some of our staff. Email zamira@justicecentre.org.hk to request an information pack and to RSVP for the open evening.

Refugee Law Seminars

Sign up to attend our upcoming seminar for legal professionals working with vulnerable clients which will be on Monday January 16, 6:15-8pm.

This next session is entitled ‘Working with Victims of Trauma: Strategies for Legal Professionals’ and will be led by our Psychosocial Programme Manager, Chloe Martin, who is an expert in trauma and trauma-based behaviours. Find out more information here and email Isaac Shaffer at isaac@justicecentre.org.hk to RSVP. Limited places available.

These seminars are free to attend and are open to all who are interested in the topic, but are especially useful for legal professionals representing Protection Claimants within the Unified Screening Mechanism (USM). We also encourage all our pro bono lawyers to attend, especially those who have not yet completed our Part II training and who would like to take up client-facing work.

Support our work!

Whether you are running a sponsored race, organizing a fundraising event or even asking for birthday donations, please consider making a contribution towards our lifesaving work with forced migrants in Hong Kong.

Your gift will ensure that we can continue to provide legal information and support to the most vulnerable. Thank you.
Volunteer with us

We have volunteer opportunities available within our dynamic and engaging team. These roles offer an opportunity for individuals with a legal background to gain experience of client facing legal work under close supervision from our expert team of refugee lawyers; the chance to learn more about refugees in Hong Kong, and to contribute to rewarding human rights work.

Please check out our Volunteer page for more details about each role and how to apply.
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