Protecting labor migrants and combating human trafficking in the Philippines
Concerned by the frequent abuses faced by labor migrants from the Philippines, ICMC initiated in 2013 a research project to better understand human trafficking in the region, promote the respect of migrant workers’ rights, and encourage fair labor conditions.
Established in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, the project aims to raise awareness among departing migrants, but also and more importantly among social workers and local churches, about the risk of abuse migrants may face. The project is also aimed at spreading awareness on available protection services, the validity of employment contracts and other legal matters related to employment abroad.
By informing departing workers about the potential risks in countries of destination, ICMC hopes to enable migrants to make more conscious choices about their work life abroad, avoid abuses, and provide practical information on where to seek assistance, if needed.
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