Migrant Worker Rights
There are over 400,000 foreign domestic workers (FDWs) living and working in Hong Kong, the majority of them from the Philippines and Indonesia. While employment in Hong Kong ensures a stable livelihood, many FDWs endure mistreatment while battling homesickness and social segregation. Some of them are paid below the minimum wage requirement, others live in sub-human conditions and suffer verbal and physical abuse.
Jason has written extensively about the plight of FDWs, including a three-part series “Maid in Hong Kong,” which has been reproduced by both local and overseas news media outlets. In 2013, he was a panel speaker at Hong Kong Baptist University presenting a paper on the social and cultural impact of the importation of FDWs on both migrants and host cities.
In response to the gruesome physical abuse suffered by Indonesian domestic helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih in 2014, he published an op-ed piece in The South China Morning Post titled “Why Hong Kong's government should apologise for failing abused domestic workers.”
Over the years, Jason has worked with a number of NGOs serving the FDW community, including:
- volunteering as a pro bono lawyer for Helpers for Domestic Helpers
- securing corporate funding for PathFinders
- serving as a panel judge for Wimler Foundation’s Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship (LSE) program
- donating his book proceeds to the Philippine Red Cross for typhoon relief
- giving legal workshops at the Consulate General of the Philippines, Pathfinders, and Enrich HK
- giving talks at local universities and secondary schools to raise awareness about the FDW community
In 2014, Jason's work for the Philippine community was recognized by The Sun in a profile titled “Defender of migrant workers’ rights.”