New Developments in Just Compensation
JWB 2017 Quarterly Newsletter

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.
Warm wishes,


Douglas MacLean
Executive Director

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Singapore: Victory in Claim for Five Year Old Wages Against Employer
Rita  worked in Singapore for two years for almost no pay. Five years later, JWB found her case and worked with Singapore-based law firm Drew and Napier LLC to help make her a recognised creditor against her former employer.  Read more
Singapore: HOME Caseworker Training on Evidence for Civil Claims
HOME's Indonesian caseworkers meet every Sunday to run a helpdesk that serves workers in their own language. JWB met with these caseworkers to discuss the types of evidence needed for claims that domestic workers are likely to have.  Read more
Hong Kong: Lawyers Train at Civil Litigation Workshop for Migrant Workers
JWB held its 2nd annual Continuing Professional Development Workshop, bringing together a diverse group of lawyers, researchers, students, and representatives from non-governmental organisations to explore issues faced by migrant workers in cross-border litigation.  Read more
Indonesia: Caseworker Training Opens Path for Just Compensation Abroad
JWB conducted caseworker trainings in Depok and Surabaya, with over 40 participants from migrant worker organisations in attendance. The training equipped migrant worker advocates with the skills needed to identify potential claims and to collect necessary evidence to pursue litigation abroad Read more
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Our donors do more than just give, they are active participants in building international lifelines to legal aid for migrant workers. We are proud to call them investors in justice and to have them as partners in our work. In this issue, we would like to thank: 
  • Herbert Smith Freehills, for its generous investment in our projects across the region, on top of the tremendous pro bono partnership it continues to provide.
  • Our corporate and individual investors. Individual support helps underwrite our work. Whether you can contribute $5 or $500, we deeply appreciate all who contribute.  Special thanks to the following donors:

Corporate sponsors

Major Individual Donors*
Mino Encarnacion, Farallon Capital Asia 
Quek Kian Hui, Mun Siong Engineering Limited
Rosetini Ibrahim, Rosetini & Partners
Andy Kerr,  St. James's Place Wealth Management
Yohei Korematsu, RSM Chio Lim
Joo Kim Ng, Scotiabank
James Orme, Milbank, Tweed,Hadle, McCoy LLP
Stanley Park, Financial Industry Lawyers of Singapore
Michelle Yu, Morgan Stanley

*Note: Company names are for attribution only. The individuals' support for Justice Without Borders does not necessarily reflect the position of the respective corporations.
Collaboration is critical in our work. We would like to highlight a few of our partners, and we thank the many more who make up the movement for international access to justice. In t his issue, we thank:
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