The MFMW deals with personal and legal cases involving migrant workers by means of Crisis Intervention and Prevention through Migrant Empowerment (CIPME).
Crisis intervention addresses the immediate and urgent needs of the “migrant in crisis”. It arises from the Christian spirit of love, charity, mercy and hope like that of the Good Samaritan of old. But beyond direct assistance to the needy, the Mission is committed to strategically lessen the vulnerability of the migrant worker. Thus, crisis prevention is also an imperative.
In the work of crisis management, the Mission believes in the centrality of migrant empowerment. We are committed to “help migrant workers to help themselves”. We are convinced of the strength, vibrancy and capability of the migrant workers and their movement. Through their own awareness-raising, organizational building and positive action, emergencies would be addressed, crisis situations would be abated and abuses checked. In this, our support to them is unconditional.
Thus our services are migrant-centered and empowerment-oriented.
Through CIPME programs, the Mission hopes to fulfill its mission and vision:
“We dream of a society where families are not torn apart by the need to survive. We dream of, and will actively work for, a homeland where all can live decently and with dignity.”
Our programs focus on empowering the migrants through education and training workshops advocating women’s rights, by providing counseling services, liaising with NGOs and networking with unions and associations, as well as by organizing campaign programs to make the general public aware of migrant worker’s rights and concerns.
Labour And Employment Assistance Program
The LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LEAP) provides paralegal assistance and support for the relief of the sufferings and vulnerability of migrant workers when in crisis. It mainly offers guidance to certain procedures when something goes wrong in the course of employment and in dealing with government agencies, and accompaniment through it when necessary. Guidance with regards the procedures for legal aid applications when legal assistance is needed are also provided. Most of the cases that need assistance require dealing with government agencies such as the Labor Department, Immigration or Police Department. It is in these agencies, where the victims – mostly women – need to present their cases.
Pastoral Care And Social Welfare
Timely PASTORAL CARE AND SOCIAL WELFARE (PCSW) services for migrant workers include counseling beyond labor-related matters (psycho-social concerns), visitation in hospitals and prisons, and provision of temporary shelter to distressed migrant women especially.
Education, Training, Organising & Campaign Support
To encourage educational and organizational work of migrants among co-migrants, the EDUCATION, TRAINING, ORGANIZING AND CAMPAIGN SUPPORT (ETOC) Program is offered for increased protection of their legitimate rights and for the promotion of their general welfare. It aims also to develop migrant organizations to implement welfare programs and to enhance Mutual Care and Support among migrants and their organizations
Documentation, Research & Information Dissemination
The DOCUMENTATION, RESEARCH AND INFORMATION DISSEMINATION (DRID) Program develops literatures, training modules and educational materials specifically geared towards increasing the awareness of the migrant workers on issues that affect them. These will encourage migrants to study and analyze their own situation and encourage the community to initiate healthy discussions.
Women’s Initiatives Towards Empowerment
The WOMEN’S INITIATIVES TOWARDS EMPOWERMENT (WITE) program is a gender-specific program which aims to popularize women’s concerns and gender-based education among migrant workers. Considering that migrant workers in HK are 99% women, the program works to make migrants aware and work against Violence Against Women and for Women Empowerment.
Institutional Promotion & Migrant Advocacy
Finally, the INSTITUTIONAL PROMOTION AND MIGRANT ADVOCACY (IPMA) program aspires for migrants and HK society to be more aware of MFMW services as well as governmental services available. It endeavors to develop and strengthen networks of service providers, shelters and other local NGOs for service-delivery and advocacy and to develop HK society’s awareness and connections to migrant population.