New Legal Research on Fighting Bait-and-Switch Contracts

On 6 April 2017, Justice Without Borders (JWB) launched its strategic legal research paper titled “Protecting Low-Wage Foreign Workers in Singapore from Bait-And-Switch Contracts” with a roundtable discussion attended by lawyers and caseworkers, followed by a launch party. Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) sponsored and hosted the event as a firm supporter of JWB, with HSF’s…

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ILO-JWB Partnership Brings Cross-border Civil Litigation Skills to Indonesia-Malaysia Corridor

JWB and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Malaysia hosted a workshop to develop civil litigation strategies for Indonesian migrant workers who face exploitation and human trafficking in Malaysia. The event in Kuala Lumpur brought together front-line NGOs and legal practitioners who regularly serve migrant workers in the home or host countries. Attendees looked to identify…

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A Worker’s Successful Claim Against Illegal Agency Fees

By Eugean Lo and Jenna Yuen, JWB Pro Bono Legal Fellows JWB Hong Kong has partnered  with the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) and the Hong Kong branch of Serikat Buruh Migran Indonesia (SBMI) to support claims against unscrupulous employment agencies who overcharge workers in violation of the law. Recently, SBMI client Sundari successfully…

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Transnational Litigation through the NUS Law Legal Clinic

My experience in the clinic taught me that civil cases are no less emotionally charged and demanding than criminal cases. In fact, assisting foreign domestic workers to pursue civil claims after periods of abuse imposes a huge responsibility on us to be as sensitive as we can. That said, assisting a worker in claiming monetary…

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Growing the ranks of pro bono civil lawyers for migrant workers

In August of 2015, JWB held the first continuing legal education workshop in Singapore focused on civil remedies for migrant worker victims of exploitation and human trafficking. The workshop marked our latest efforts to build the capacity of frontline practitioners in this field of work. Our attendees included 40 Participants from multiple fields of practice,…

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JWB Launches in Hong Kong with our HK Practitioner’s Manual

Access to justice should only be a phone call away for migrant workers, wherever they happen to live. We have now taken another step towards making that a reality for migrant workers who have been exploited in Hong Kong. On December 9th, we released the Practitioner’s Manual for Migrant Workers: Bringing Claims in Hong Kong…

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From Singapore to Indonesia: Building the Capacity for Cross-Border Legal Aid

Many clients come home with nothing. One woman worked for two years in Singapore, but returned with only $70. Another came home suffering injuries from repeated beatings. A third sought help after being sexually assaulted, only to be repatriated soon after. Veteran caseworkers from organisations across Western, Central and Eastern Java in Indonesia shared these…

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Justice Without Borders NewsLetter

JWB’s first newsletter is out! This year has been very busy for our twelve member volunteer team of lawyers, law students, and support staff working in Singapore, Japan, the U.S. and Thailand. Together, we have added new segments to our international lifelines to legal aid. Click the image below to read more JWB Singapore Legal Research Fellows…

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Because Justice for One in Five is Hardly Justice at All

Because Justice for One in Five is Hardly Justice at All   On a recent trip to Japan, I asked the head of the country’s largest migrant advocacy network how many foreign workers with claims against their employers actually seek compensation. Despite widespread reports of rampant exploitation of low-skilled migrant workers, his answer was bleak:…

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