Greetings from Justice Without Borders! This issue collects our work from the last few months. In that time, we have taken on new ground-breaking cases of cross-border litigation for migrants, and trained dozens of caseworkers in Indonesia and Singapore.
For the women who have returned home empty-handed, injured or recovering from abuse, the first stages of litigation represent important steps towards not only compensation but also towards closure.
One client has been waiting five years for her wages. On the day she learned her employer was ordered to begin repaying nearly two years of wages, she told us that she felt, for the very first time, a sense of recognition for what she had been through. While the nature of payments during bankruptcy mean it will take some time for her to be fully repaid, the emotional satisfaction was almost as valuable as the payment order.
Similarly, the trainings we delivered over the last six months were the first step in building a bridge between these front-line organisations and the pro bono legal assistance their clients require. The caseworkers at these NGOs will be spending the next several months further developing their case intake procedures, so that they can better identify a client's potential claims early, while the evidence is still fresh. Our staff will be meeting with them periodically to support this work, and to help them quickly develop new and even old cases they identify.
These outcomes are real, tangible progress towards our mission of making access to just compensation possible, regardless of where a migrant worker happens to be. While there is still much more to do, we can see the positive change that we have helped bring to some of the most vulnerable workers just in this year.
All of this was a team effort. Support from our pro bono partners, NGO partners, and most importantly our investors have enabled us to build the international lifelines to legal aid that we are charged with building. At the same time, our work has supported our front-line partners in making sure that returning home does not mean going without.
On behalf of our team (which includes some of the most amazing people I have had the honour to work with) thank you for your interest and support of our work. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to having you along with us in the New Year.