JWB's Summer 2016 Update
Building Legal Support for Migrant Workers 

Our Lawyers in Singapore Prepare for the 2nd Annual CPD Training on Cross-Border Litigation for Migrant Workers

Greetings from JWB!  The first half of this year is almost past, but I am happy to say that we have made amazing progress, both within the organization and on our mission. We saw amazing growth, from adding staff in Singapore to incorporating in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, we continued to build the infrastructure needed to increase the availability of legal support for migrant workers across our region.

Our own expansion parallels our continued work developing the lifelines to legal aid that migrant workers need, both abroad and at home. We have been hard at work developing the capacity for front-line organizations to identify and develop cross-border claims for civil compensation, and to equip lawyers with the knowledge and know-how they require to successfully carry a case from start to finish, even when the worker has left for home.

I am also happy to report that we have delivered concrete successes, supporting two test cases that successfully settled with compensation to workers who faced abuse at the hands of their employers.  We are also in the process of developing multiple new cases in both Hong Kong and Singapore, which build upon the knowledge and know-how we have developed in both jurisdictions to date.

As we move into new frontiers of the law, we recognize that it is only possible because of the contributions and support of the investors, partners, and volunteers who work with us every day.

If you are new to JWB, we welcome you to read through our work and consider joining us. Whether as a volunteer, pro bono partner, an investor in our work, or simply someone who helps spread the word about JWB, your support will help those who need it most.

Thank you for your support and for joining us on our mission for just compensation. I hope you are well, and I look forward to hearing your feedback and ideas.

Warm wishes,

Douglas MacLean  
Executive Director
Justice Without Borders
Every $1 in donations led to an incredible $11 in pro bono legal services in 2015. Help us reach our online goal of US $5,000 this summer to support vital case services in Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Click now to give, and become an investor in justice for migrant workers. Join us today!

Success in the Field: Working with Partners to Secure Compensation for Migrant Worker Victims of Abuse 

After a long criminal trial against her employer, a victim sought damages for the abuses she suffered. Faced with her impending return home, JWB helped identify a local lawyer in the Philippines who could help the case in Singapore. The result was a victory for the client and for our mission. Read more

Register Today! Singapore Workshop on Legal Solutions for International Migrant Workers. 

Live in Singapore and are in the legal profession? Join us on 25 June for our CPD workshop on civil remedies for migrant worker victims of exploitation and human trafficking. This hands-on training will introduce practitioners to recent legal developments as they tackle a sample case with facts drawn from real life. Read more

Hong Kong Update: Identify Claims for Workers Returning Home
JWB began active case work in Hong Kong from this January, following the publication of our Practitioner's Manual for Migrant Workers. This next phase of our work to develop transnational access to just compensation will lead to test litigation that will expand the field of possible claims for victims of labour exploitation and human trafficking. Our Hong Kong work reaches over to Indonesia as well.   Read more

Recent Developments: Second Edition of the Singapore Practitioner's Manual Now Available!

JWB is proud to announce the launch of the Second Edition of the Singapore Practitioner's Manual for migrant workers. The revised edition addresses recent notable changes to the law in Singapore affecting migrant worker litigation. The Practitioner's Manual has also been translated in Bahasa Indonesia, thanks to support from the Tifa Foundation.  Read More 

rachelRachel Hines joins JWB as Pro-Bono Officer on Ashurst-sponsored secondment 
JWB recently welcomed a new member and senior lawyer to our Singapore team. Rachel Hines has joined us on a one-year secondment from Ashurst LLP as a Pro Bono Officer, and she has already hit the ground running. Read more 
SGofficeIn Singapore:  Introducing the Singapore Team and Celebrating our New Office     

Summer 2016 is underway, and we are very fortunate to have an expanded team in our new office! Together, Rachel, Moses, Natasha, Xenia, Kimberly and Hui Xin will be tackling our newest block of test cases, while advancing our ongoing strategic legal research.  Read more

volunteerVolunteer Opportunities with JWB     
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A Word About Our Investors
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. This issue, we would like to thank: 
  • Ashurst, for providing an amazing Pro Bono Officer in Rachel, and for their generous financial support, building upon our strong pro bono partnership.
  • Herbert Smith Freehills, for their generous investment in our projects across all four of our jurisdictions, on top of the amazing pro bono partnership they continue to provide.
  • The International Labour Organisation, for partnering with JWB on a new project to bring our good practices in cross-border civil litigation to other jurisdictions in the region.
  • Our individual investors. Individual support helps underwrite our work. Every dollar led to $11 in pro bono services in 2015. Whether you can contribute $5 or $500, we deeply appreciate our individual investors.
Special Thanks to Our Partners 
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. This issue, we thank:
  • The University of Hong Kong Law Faculty for their partnership in developing strategic legal research in support of migrant workers. A special thanks to Professor Mi Zhou and her students for helping us develop new practices in remote access to justice.
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, for helping us establish JWB Ltd. in Hong Kong.
  • The Tifa Foundation, for generously supporting the translation of our Singapore practitioner's manual into Bahasa Indonesia. With their help, caseworkers in Indonesia can help victims returning from Singapore.
  • HOME Singapore, for working together to build lasting access to civil claims for their clients, even after returning home.