Tag Archives: Human trafficking

Bright – pairing students with social entrepreneurs

6 Jan


This coming 23 February 2019 the 24 Hour Race is hosting its first entrepreneurship and awareness conference.

Want to hear from world-class, highly successful entrepreneurs? BRIGHT is an exclusive conference for high school students who are passionate about social entrepreneurship or want to learn more about it.

24 Hour Race is pairing ambitious students with successful entrepreneurs. If you think this conference is for you, hurry up and register. 24 Hour Race has a limited intake of 120 people.

24 Hour Race will be bringing in speakers from various anti-human trafficking and social right movements to share with us the importance of facing issues head-on.

The event costs HKD 150 and it includes material, food, and more!

Date: Saturday, 23 February 2019

Time: 10am – 6pm

Place: NakedHub, Bonham Strand Coworking Space Hong Kong

Price: $150, to register please follow this link

About 24 Hour Race: The 24 Hour Race is a global, student-led abolitionist movement.

They run 24 hours races once a year to advocate for the millions of men, women, and children locked in the chains of slavery today.

24 Hour Race raises millions of dollars to spearhead the fight against slavery, working with The Exodus Road, creating advocacy campaigns and spreading the 24 Hour Race movement globally.

24 Hour Race will not stop until every person is freed from slavery.

If you’d like to learn more about their abolitionist movement, impact strategy or anything else, please email hello@24hourrace.org

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Justice Centre Young Advocates Programme

3 Jan

Young Advocates and Clinical Legal Education students

Applications for the 2019 Young Advocates Programme are now open. Please click here to read Justice Centre’s detailed information pamphlet.

What is the Young Advocates Programme?: The Young Advocates Programme (YAP) is a unique programme for high school students to gain hands-on experience in a non-profit setting.

Through the intensive programme, Young Advocates engage in all areas of Justice Centre’s work, from the provision of legal and psychosocial support to refugees, to anti-human trafficking research and advocacy. Young Advocates also receive one-to-one personal coaching and mentorship from Justice Centre’s highly-qualified international staff lawyers and policymakers, helping students develop important skills, knowledge, and experience as they begin applying for university courses.

Who can apply?: YAP is open to students who have Hong Kong residency and are aged between 15 – 18. Young Advocates should have a keen interest in human rights law, NGO management and refugee rights. The programme is aimed at students interested in a career in law, psychology, social sciences, human rights, politics, or NGO management generally.

Places are limited to four Young Advocates per programme to allow Justice Centre to offer a tailored programme to each Young Advocate.

Programme dates: Justice Centre runs four programmes per year; one in the spring and three in the summer.

Spring Programme 2019 (two weeks):
15 – 26 April 2019

Summer Programme 2019 (three weeks):
(i) 17 June – 5 July 2019
(ii) 8 – 26 July 2019
(iii) 26 July – 16 August 2019

How do I apply?: For more information on the cost and content of the programme, and to request an application form, please contact Justice Centre at YAP@justicecentre.org.hk

Open evening: If you would like to find out more about the YAP and Justice Centre’s work, Justice Centre will be hosting an open evening and information session for prospective applicants at Justice Centre offices at 6:45pm on Thursday, 17 January 2019.

To RSVP, please contact Justice Centre at YAP@justicecentre.org.hk

About Justice Centre Hong Kong: Justice Centre Hong Kong is a non-profit human rights organisation working fearlessly to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants: refugees, other people seeking protection, and survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour.

Launched in 2014, Justice Centre Hong Kong was formerly Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, which over seven years, helped more than 2,000 refugee men, women and children on the road to a new life.

Building on their expertise in refugee issues, Justice Centre Hong Kong identified a clear need for an increased response to tackling forced labour and human trafficking in Hong Kong, and expanded their remit to fill this gap.

Justice Centre Hong Kong advocates with and for forced migrants, bringing their voices into the public debate. Justice Centre Hong Kong campaigns for legislative and policy change, conduct research and work with the media and civil society to fight root causes and change systems and minds.

Justice Centre Hong Kong provides people seeking protection in Hong Kong with free and independent legal information and specialised legal and psychosocial assistance.

Justice Centre Hong Kong receives no government funding. Instead, Justice Centre Hong Kong has spearheaded an innovative pro-bono working model that sees leading international law firms provide financial assistance and donate hours to help with legal research and support. Justice Centre Hong Kong also harnesses funding from a variety of trusts and foundations and through individual donations.

Christina Noble Foundation

24 Sep

The Christina Noble Foundation</strong> is an international partnership of people dedicated to helping underprivileged children and those at-risk of commercial or sexual exploitation.

Their operational centres in Vietnam and Mongolia provide shelter to underprivileged, orphaned or abandoned children whilst ensuring all children in their care have direct access to a good education, a high standard of healthcare, and other social and employment opportunities. CNCF also engages in sustainable development initiatives that directly benefit the families and wider communities of the children they support. To date the Foundation has helped over 700,000 children and their families.

CNCF Hong Kong strives to raise funds to support these projects that create safe, stable, and caring environments to ensure each and every child has a happy childhood and the opportunity to recognise their life potential. CNCF is proud to be an independent, grassroots charity that works tirelessly to secure their current and future funding and being wholly transparent and accountable to their donors and supporters while single-mindedly focusing on the children.

Volunteer in Hong Kong: CNCF Hong Kong prides themselves on having a top-class team of passionate and committed volunteers that manage everything from fundraising in the commercial sector to organising exciting fundraising events, and designing their website or annual reports. Volunteering with CNCF Hong Kong will provide you with a great opportunity to gain diverse experience in a successful and growing non-profit organisation.

CNCF Hong Kong is always looking for new, enthusiastic people to join their core team either in an individual capacity or as an organization offering your professional services. Join a team of highly professional, motivated people who are passionate about the children and the programmes that CNCF Hong Kong supports in Vietnam and Mongolia.

CNCF HONG KONG IS KEEN TO RECRUIT VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING DISCIPLINES:
1) Administration
2) Graphic Design
3) Event organisation
4) Business Development

If you have any of the above skills and can spare CNCF Hong Kong a day a week on a regular basis – please contact CNCF Hong Kong!!

Volunteer Overseas: Key to Christina Noble Foundation’s success as a Foundation is their volunteer workforce. Volunteers are the fuel for their fire and CNCF believes that everyone involved benefits from the experience.

If you would like to volunteer individually at one of CNCF’s operational centres in Vietnam or Mongolia, please visit the CNCF International website to learn more about what skills they are looking for and their application process.

If you work for an organization that is interested in volunteer opportunities for your staff, please contact CNCF for information on Corporate Volunteering.

For more information, please contact CNCF Hong Kong
Email: hongkong@cncf.org
Telephone: +852 3750 7771 (CNCF office hours are 10:30am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday)

Run for STOP

10 Oct

STOP (Stop Trafficking of People) is an initiative under the Vine Community Services Limited (VCSL) that works in partnership with the local community to end human trafficking in and through Hong Kong.

Their goals are to raise awareness about trafficking, connect with key counter-trafficking groups, provide victims with support, allow their voices to be heard, and to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the fight against modern-day slavery. They respond to victims’ needs in four ways:
* Legal Referral & Social Assistance
* Weekly Outreach
* Network Building
* Public Education

Just as they walk the whole recovery journey with survivors, you can enter a marathon or fun run and walk or run your own journey to the finish line to show your support for STOP.

On 1-4 December 2017, STOP will be leading a team of 30 running the International Angkor Wat Half Marathon.

STOP’s Mission
Raise awareness and money to support the work of STOP in Hong Kong, including legal referral & social assistance, public education, outreach and network building.

Tour package includes marathon registration, 3 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel, 2 lunches, airport to hotel return transfer, event transport, team jersey, and travel insurance.

What did we do with the funds raised in 2016?
Last year, a group of 30 Run For STOP runners successfully raised over HK$800,000. With the fund, STOP was able to extend their Legal Referral and Social Assistance program, including evidence gathering, medical, optical and emergency housing, to a few more clients from Southeast Asia. Moreover, they were also able to assist two clients to return home to Kenya in late December and mid-January and to connect them with a local organization which helps with re-integration.

Apart from STOP’s signature program, they also started a new project called 100 Stories HK with a couple of their community partners half a year ago. It is a collaborative social media project which aims to share real life experiences from survivors of trafficking – which will be launched by mid-May 2017.

Why #RunforSTOP?
A safe place for victims of trafficking to temporarily stay plays a critical part in the healing process. It allows the victims to begin regaining the control that was lost as a result of their victimization.

STOP foresees that this shelter will offer improved and increased standards of accommodation, security, and other supporting services to people who experience physical and psychological abuse and who are in danger from their immediate family environment.

Violence can cause significant and long-term injuries, both physical and psychological, which are difficult to heal, especially for young ethnic minority female. The shelter will provide them with a safe environment and opportunities to entertain and educate, while their court proceedings are being dealt with.

In 2017, STOP is hoping to raise HK$500,000 to establish a shelter which designated for victims of human trafficking in order to provide a holistic care. And with your participation, they can achieve that.

Date: 1 – 4 December 2017

Place: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Full Tour Package WITH flight
Tour package includes marathon registration, 3 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel, 2 lunches, airport to hotel return transfer, event transport, team jersey, travel insurance and direct flight.
* 21km Half Marathon – HK$7,620 + $404 (Tax)
* 10km Road Race – HK$7,580 + $404 (Tax)
* 3km Family Run with children UNDER 5 years old
2 adults & 1 child – HK$18,100 + $1,212 (Tax)
Additional children – HK$4,100 + $404 (Tax) per child
* 3km Family Run with children ABOVE 5 years old
2 adults & 1 child – HK$18,420 + $1,212 (Tax)
Additional children – HK$4,420 + $404 (Tax) per child

Basic Tour package WITHOUT flight
Tour package includes marathon registration, 3 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel, 2 lunches, airport to hotel return transfer, event transport, team jersey, and travel insurance.
* 21km – HK$2,850 + $520 (marathon registration fee)
* 10km – HK$2,850 + $480 (marathon registration fee)

For full information on this run, please go to their website

To register your interest, please fill out the Online Application Form. For any inquiries, please contact Ms. Lolly Law at lolly.law@vcsl.org

852 Freedom Campaign

7 Dec

852-logoThe 852 Freedom Campaign is a new justice movement with a focus on raising up our next generation’s abolitionists to help end modern slavery in our lifetime.

This is a city-wide movement of fighting modern slavery and 852 Freedom Campaign is mobilizing churches, companies, schools to volunteer their talents and do their part to help.

852-freedom-campaign-3852 Freedom Campaign is also partnering with frontline NGO workers who help victims of slavery and exploitation. And they are campaigning with an international TV channel to reach the city of Hong Kong and through their network of more than 1,400 churches. People from over 30 different churches supported their first event, the Sweatshop Challenge, on May 8, 2015.

Objective
To mobilize ordinary people across Hong Kong and Asia to play an active role in fighting human slavery by using their skills and abilities to raise awareness, funding and new initiatives. See this article in SCMP on 6 November 2016.

Target Groups
852-freedom-campaign-1Target group includes anyone who has a heart for wanting to see slavery end. This includes: Christians, students, business people, professionals, NGO workers, and the general public.

Partners
To help address this important human rights issue, the 852 Freedom Campaign, the International Christian Assembly (ICA) Church and The Mekong Club have initiated a new justice movement entitled “852 Freedom Campaign” with a focus on raising up the next generation’s abolitionists to help end modern slavery in our lifetime. Any organization willing to join from all areas, including: churches, corporations, NGOs, schools, universities, and community groups etc.

Approach
852-freedom-campaign-2The objective of the 852 Freedom Campaign is to mobilize ordinary people across Hong Kong to play an active role in fighting human slavery by using their skills and abilities to raise awareness, funding and new initiatives.

If you are interested in adding your voice to the 852 Freedom Campaign, please reach out by following this link and complete the contact form.

Justice Centre Hong Kong

24 May

justice centreJustice Centre Hong Kong is a non-profit human rights organisation working fearlessly to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants: refugees, other people seeking protection, survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour.

Launched in 2014, Justice Centre Hong Kong was formerly Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, which over seven years, helped more than 2,000 refugee men, women and children on the road to a new life.

Building on their expertise in refugee issues, they identified a clear need for an increased response to tackling forced labour and human trafficking in Hong Kong, and expanded their remit to fill this gap.

Justice Centre Hong Kong advocates with and for forced migrants, bringing their voices into the public debate. They campaign for legislative and policy change, conduct research and work with the media and civil society to fight root causes and change systems and minds.

Justice Centre Hong KongAt their centre in Sai Ying Pun, people seeking protection in Hong Kong receive free and independent legal information and specialised legal and psychosocial assistance.

Justice Centre Hong Kong receives no government funding. Instead, they have spearheaded an innovative pro-bono working model that sees leading international law firms provide financial assistance and donate hours to help with legal research and support. They also harness funding from a variety of trusts and foundations and through individual donations.

How you can help:

There are numerous opportunities to volunteer with Justice Centre Hong Kong from protection claimant services and research to fundraising and events, design & communications. Justice Centre Hong Kong recruits committed and passionate individuals according to their current needs. Most volunteer opportunities require a long-term commitment (usually six months) and the right to work in Hong Kong. Justice Centre Hong Kong advertise volunteer opportunities on their website and in their quarterly e-newsletter; sign up for updates here.

Development Associate
This is an exciting volunteer opportunity to join their Fundraising and Development team in raising vital funds for our direct services and advocacy work to protect the rights of refugees, other people seeking protection, survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour.

This is an ideal role for someone seeking a part-time opportunity to use their skills in PR/marketing/fundraising/business development, and will suit some-one who is passionate about leveraging their knowledge and connections to create long-lasting partnerships to secure funding and support for the work of Justice Centre Hong Kong. For more details of the scope of the role, please click here.

The role requires a commitment of 3 days per week for six months. To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to jobs@justicecentre.org.hk by 5pm on Friday June 10. Applicants invited for interview will be contacted by Tuesday June 14. Unfortunately, due to the high level of interest in their organisation, Justice Centre Hong Kong is only able to reply to shortlisted applicants.

Click here to find out about their other vacancies.

Young Advocates Programme
The Young Advocates Programme (YAP) is a unique programme for high school students to gain hands-on experience in a human rights setting, with coaching by Justice Centre Hong Kong staff and an opportunity to develop the skills and experience they need as they start the process of applying for university courses.

Building on their extensive experience leading practical clinic programmes to mentor university students, YAP was launched four years ago to extend this valuable mentorship to a select group of high school students in order to build up the future generation of human rights advocates.

Through the intensive programme, Young Advocates get involved in all areas of Justice Centre Hong Kong’s work, from the provision of legal and psychosocial support to refugees, to anti-human trafficking research and advocacy. Places are limited to two places per programme in order to enable them to offer a tailored programme to each Young Advocate and for their staff to dedicate time to mentoring and coaching them.

Who can apply?
YAP is open to select students who have Hong Kong residency and are aged between 15 – 18 years old. Young Advocates should have a keen interest in human rights law, NGO management and refugee rights. The programme is aimed at students interested in a career in law, human rights, government, social policy, or NGO management generally.

How do I apply?
Applications for YAP are now closed for the summer 2016 programme. Details of the Summer 2017 will be available in December 2016. Please contact Zamira Monteiro at zamira@justicecentre.org.hk for enquiries.