What We Do
Our team works tirelessly to challenge unfairness and injustice for some of the most marginalised communities in Hong Kong. Erosions to the rule of law often begin at the margins of society. We believe that protecting the rights of the most vulnerable will ultimately benefit all Hong Kongers.
How We Work
Our team at Justice Centre provides direct support to people seeking protection in Hong Kong. Our holistic services enable responsive and timely access to legal information, representation, counselling and social welfare.
We integrate sophisticated legal strategy, with authoritative research and targeted awareness raising initiatives to challenge injustice and make lasting changes.
Staff at Justice Centre work in partnership with civil society and the legal and medical sectors to develop cross-sector and multi-disciplinary expertise and collaborations.
Through empowerment initiatives and public campaigns, we bring visibility to the communities we work with and support them to amplify their voices.
We work in partnership with community groups, civil society organizations, and the legal and medical sector to realise our shared vision.
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We work to ensure that the most marginalised members of Hong Kong society – refugees, victims of torture and victims of human trafficking and forced labour – have the necessary legal information, support and representation to access protection and remedies in Hong Kong.
We provide tailored and dedicated support to migrants who experience unique challenges due to gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, age, race or ethnicity, statelessness and/or other characteristics.
We work in partnership with pro bono lawyers, duty lawyers and legal aid lawyers to deliver accessible and quality legal services.
Social Welfare Services
We support refugees and disadvantaged migrants to access social welfare, including food, clothing, shelter, healthcare and education.
We work in partnership with other NGOs as well as private organisations to fill the significant gaps left by the bare minimum services provided by the government
Our inhouse psychotherapist provides counseling services to support vulnerable migrants overcome trauma and other mental effects of persecution, torture and displacement.
We work with mental health professionals in Hong Kong to help vulnerable migrants access long term support where needed.
We combine sophisticated legal strategy, with authoritative research and targeted awareness raising, to drive systemic change for refugees and other marginalised migrants in Hong Kong.
Strategic casework and litigation
Our approach to casework and litigation is responsive and strategic. Through our legal services, we are committed to securing protection and remedies for as many refugees and forced migrants as possible.
We conduct research into issues that affect refugees and marginalised migrants in Hong Kong and Hong Kongers more widely. We employ rigorous and robust research methodology to build an authoritative evidence base. We also partner with civil society and academic institutions to support their research efforts.
Our recent research has focused on the implementation and procedures of the Unified Screening Mechanism (USM), the prevalence of human trafficking and forced labour among migrant domestic workers, the trafficking-asylum nexus, barriers to protection for victims of sexual & gender based violence, and statelessness among Hong Kong’s migrant population.
The research data and reports we produce support our casework and litigation efforts. We share our findings with civil society and government officials and Legislative Council members, to provide support and advice. They are also shared with the wider public to contribute to social awareness, open dialogue and inclusion.
Collaboration is at the heart of our working model. We partner with civil society organisations (local, regional and global), law firms, chambers, law schools, private medical practices and other groups to deliver our services and amplify voices.
We are proud and active members of the following networks:
Global & Regional
- Global Refugee Forum Legal Community Pledge — Core Group Member
- International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
- The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)
- The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)
- USM Legal Group
- Refugee Concern Network
We partner with local and international universities to deliver clinical legal education.
We work closely with medical practitioners and other groups to fill the social welfare gap.
Areas of Work
Our direct services enable our clients to access protection, rehabilitation and redress.
Based on in depth and unique insight gained through direct services, we integrate strategic casework with research initiatives to raise awareness and work towards a fair system.
Why it matters
We work with community members, advocates, lawyers, and allies of justice across Hong Kong to ensure that the most marginalised members of Hong Kong society have access to a fairer justice system.
We believe this work is both vital and invaluable to the continued health of Hong Kong society. But don’t take our word for it; hear from some of those we’ve worked with:
We publish many publications over on our research page. They cover various topics with in-depth analysis and case study discussions.