About Campaignends 06 Nov 2020, 11:59 PM
Migrant workers accused of crimes face a long wait, of torturous uncertainty and economic precarity. Investigations alone may take months. Cases that go to court may take years to conclude.
Migrant workers often have no means to support themselves and their families during this wait. The stigma of investigation usually costs their jobs, and hinders them from re-employment. Some may not even be allowed to work.
Workers are torn between fighting for justice for themselves, and giving in, so that they can conclude their case sooner, and continue providing for their families. For many of them - who are their family's sole breadwinner - this is no real choice at all. Compounding this immense pressure, many never tell their families about their ordeal, not wanting to burden their loved ones. All this is on top of the stress of being subjected to investigation and prosecution.
Accused migrant workers without income need funds for;
upkeep necessities through their case;
emergency assistance for their families' urgent medical or other needs;
disbursements incurred during legal proceedings;
help to find their feet when they go home.
With such support, we hope that fewer workers are less pressured to plead guilty when they wish to fight to clear their names.
About the Charity
HOME (Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics) is a charitable organisation with Institution of Public Character status. Since 2004, we have been dedicated to improving the welfare and upholding the rights of migrant workers in Singapore.
Migrant workers play a vital role in contributing to Singapore. They take on low-waged jobs as domestic workers or in the construction, marine, manufacturing, service and conservancy sectors. Their work is often dangerous and precarious.
We assist migrant workers who suffer abuse and exploitation. Unpaid salaries, excessive working hours, work injuries, physical and psychological abuse are some of the common problems these workers face. Some of them may also be victims of human trafficking.
We run a shelter for domestic workers, helpdesks for domestic workers and male migrant workers. We also offer legal assistance, health education and vocational training to the workers. In 2016, over 2,000 migrant workers received assistance from us. And about 2,000 domestic workers have sat through our skills training courses.
HOME works with government agencies, civic groups, corporations and other community partners to realise our vision in creating an inclusive society that stands for justice, fairness and equality.