A Practitioner’s Manual for Migrant Workers—Singapore

November 17, 2014

Helping Victims of Exploitation and Human Trafficking Seek Just Compensation

Migrant workers who are victims of exploitation and human trafficking in Singapore struggle to bring claims against their abusers. Many cannot stay in the country to seek legal action, and going home almost always means going without compensation. Unscrupulous employers and brokers thus get away with theft or worse, and victims often go home poorer than when they arrived. Download a preview.

Learn about our Hong Kong Practitioner’s Manual here: A Practitioner’s Manual for Migrant Workers – Hong Kong


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 About the Practitioner’s Manual

JWB’s Practitioner’s Manual for Migrant Workers seeks to help those who go home to bring claims against their abusers in Singapore. Gathering the experiences and know-how of local and international lawyers and advocates in the field, the manual guides legal and non-legal service providers through the process of seeking just compensation in Singapore courts on behalf of exploited migrant workers, including:

  • What legal remedies are available for the most common forms of exploitation?

From non-payment of wages to battery and sexual assault, the Practitioner’s Manual describes in detail what can be claimed in Singapore’s courts.

  • How to bring these claims when a victim returns home?

Many procedural and logistic hurdles stand between a victim and just compensation. The Practitioner’s Manual maps out these roadblocks and explains what is needed to overcome them.

  • How to find a partner in the client’s home country—or in Singapore?

For lawyers and NGO advocates in Singapore, finding a reliable partner in the victim’s home community is vital to keeping in contact and continuing the case in the victim’s absence. The Practitioner’s Manual describes the key organizations and individuals that advocates can reach out to, whether in Indonesia, the Philippines, or elsewhere. For advocates in the victim’s home country, finding a partner in Singapore is vital for helping returnees pursue their claims from abroad.

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